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Articles by: Elias Davidsson

Academic prostitution in the field of terrorism studies

Academic prostitution in the field of terrorism studies

The expression “academic prostitution” appears abusive. It either conveys an apparently arbitrary disrespect to certain academics by comparing them to prostitutes, or conversely appears to equate sexual prostitution, – an honorable, if hazardous, occupation – with intellectual prostitution, a definitely dishonorable one. There is no dispute that even those who honestly earn their academic titles can produce shoddy scholarship, rely[Read More…]

Bruce Hoffman’s “Inside Terrorism”: Presumptuous And Devoid Of Scholarly Value

Bruce Hoffman’s “Inside Terrorism”: Presumptuous And Devoid Of Scholarly Value

  Book Review of Bruce Hoffman’s “Inside Terrorism” (Columbia University Press, 2006)The author, Bruce Hoffman, was for a long time a director at RAND Corporation in Washington, which he designates in his book as an “independent, objective, nonpartisan research institution” (p. xi).As an external observer, researcher and author, I have followed with keen interest for many years the debate surrounding the[Read More…]