Future Developments in Terrorism Conference

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The Future Developments in Terrorism Conference was a terrorism policy conference held on 3-5 March 1999 at University College Cork in Ireland. It was conducted under the Chatham House Rule and attended by counter terrorist practitioners, risk analysts and academics. The conference was funded by University College Cork and the European Research Office of the United States Army (Contract No. N68171-99-M-5613). It was organised by Max Taylor and John Horgan with the advise and support of Paul Wilkinson and David Rapoport. [1]

Several of the figures involved in the conference would later join Paul Wilkinson's Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) at St. Andrews University. Max Taylor and John Horgan, who were then at Cork, joined CSTPV in 2006, as did Alex Schmid. The former Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police David Veness joined at around the same time, and Louise Richardson, then at Harvard, was appointed Principal of the University of St. Andrews in 2008.

The Speakers

With the exception of one unidentified speaker, the papers presented at the conference were later published in a special issue of the journal Terrorism and Political Violence edited by the conference organisers Max Taylor and John Horgan. Two further papers were added to the journal which were not presented at the conference, although it is not clear which. The contributors and the title of their papers are listed below:

  • David Veness, ‘Low Intensity and High Impact Conflict’
  • Emanuel Marotta, ‘Europol’s Role in Anti-Terrorism’
  • Graham Head, ‘The Future’s Bright…’ But Whom For?
  • Mircea Gheordunescu, ‘Terrorism and Organised Crime – The Romanian Perspective
  • Xavier Raufer, ‘New World Disorder, New Terrorism: New Threats for Europe and the Western World’
  • Ariel Merari, ‘Terrorism as a Strategy of Struggle: Past and Future’
  • Paul Wilkinson, ‘Politics, Diplomacy and Peace Process: Pathways out of Terrorism?
  • Maxwell Taylor and John Horgan, ‘Future Developments of Political Terrorism in Europe’
  • Leonard Weinburg and William Eubank, ‘Terrorism and the Shape of Things to Come’
  • Alex P. Schmid, ‘Terrorism and the Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction: From Where the Risk?’
  • David Claridge, ‘Exploding the Myths of Superterrorism’
  • Milton Leitenberg, ‘Aum Shinrikyo’s Efforts to Produce Biological Weapons: A Case Study in the Serial Propagation of Misinformation’
  • Rachel Monagham, ‘Terrorism in the Name of Animal Rights’
  • Ronald D. Crelinsten, ‘Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in a Multi-Centric World: Challenges and Opportunities’
  • Martin Dartnell, ‘A Legal Inter-Network For Terrorism: Issues of Globalisation, Fragmentation and Legitimacy’
  • Louise Richardson, ‘Terrorists as Transnational Actors’[2]


  1. Maxwell Taylor, John Horgan, (eds.) The Future of Terrorism (Routledge, 2000) pp.1-7
  2. Maxwell Taylor, John Horgan, (eds.) The Future of Terrorism (Routledge, 2000) Contents