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Special Report

Combating Terrorism with Science

From the psychology of violent extremism to cracking encrypted communications, counterterrorism efforts rely on the latest scientific research

  • March 25, 2016

The Psychology of the War on Terror

How we characterize an issue affects how we think about it. Replacing the "war on terror" metaphor with other ways of framing counterterrorism might help us curtail the violence more effectively

October 1, 2008 — Arie W. Kruglanski, Martha Crenshaw, Jerrold M. Post and Jeff Victoroff

Privacy in an Age of Terabytes and Terror

Introduction to SciAm's issue on Privacy. Our jittery state since 9/11, coupled with the Internet revolution, is shifting the boundaries between public interest and "the right to be let alone"

September 1, 2008 — Peter Brown

Inside the Terrorist Mind

Scientists are probing the psyches of terrorists to reveal what motivates their monstrous acts. Far from being crazed killers, terrorists are gunning for the greater good-as they see it

December 1, 2007 — Annette Schaefer

Thwarting Nuclear Terrorism

Many civilian research reactors contain highly enriched uranium that terrorists could use to build nuclear bombs

February 1, 2006 — Alexander Glaser and Frank N. von Hippel

Combating the Terror of Terrorism

The psychological damage caused by the attacks of September 11 mirrored the physical destruction and showed that protecting the public’s mental health must be a component of the national defense

August 1, 2002 — Ezra S. Susser, Daniel B. Herman and Barbara Aaron