Terrorexpertise:Major World Newspapers List

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Below is a table of the 100 Terrorism Experts prominent in major world newspapers. 437 names were taken from the Bulk List of experts and searched at LexisNexis's Major World Publications group[1] for items published between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2007. The search included each expert’s name [2] as well as any reference to 'terrorism', 'terrorist' or variations of the phrase 'suicide bomb'[3]. The 100 most prolific experts are reproduced in the table below in descending order of the number of items returned. The table also displays the variations of each individual’s name used in the search.

Four names were excluded from this list, details of which are included in the Notes section below[4].

This list is one of a number compiled including:

Terrorexpertise:Bulk List
Terrorexpertise:Google Books List
Terrorexpertise:Elite Conference List
Terrorexpertise:The 'Terrorism' Industry List
Terrorexpertise:UK Television List

Terrorism Experts ranked according to number of articles returned

 Name of ExpertItems ReturnedName variations used
1 Mick Keelty 2605 Mick Keelty
2 Richard Clarke 2025 Richard Clarke or Richard A. Clarke
3 Benjamin Netanyahu 1947 Benjamin Netanyahu
4 Peter Clarke 1180 Peter Clarke
5 Rohan Gunaratna 1009 Rohan Gunaratna
6 Noam Chomsky 788 Noam Chomsky
7 Patrick Mercer 681 Patrick Mercer
8 Sidney Jones 610 Sidney Jones
9 Clive Williams 588 Clive Williams
10 Francis Fukuyama 503 Francis Fukuyama
11 Daniel Pipes 486 Daniel Pipes
12 Paul Wilkinson 472 Paul Wilkinson
13 Jason Burke 464 Jason Burke
14 Avi Dichter 453 Avi Dichter
15 Anthony Cordesman 431 Anthony Cordesman
16 Alan Dershowitz 376 Alan Dershowitz
17 Bruce Hoffman 369 Bruce Hoffman
18 Peter Bergen 357 Peter Bergen
19 David Veness 350 David Veness
20 Robert Baer 335 Robert Baer
21 Arnaud de Borchgrave 322 Arnaud de Borchgrave
22 Michael Clarke 311 Michael Clarke
23 Jonathan Evans 311 Jonathan Evans
24 Magnus Ranstorp 310 Magnus Ranstorp
25 John O'Neill 297 John O'Neill or John P. O'Neill or John Patrick O'Neill
26 Irwin Cotler 293 Irwin Cotler
27 Daniel Benjamin 275 Daniel Benjamin
28 Michael Scheuer 268 Michael Scheuer
29 Zachary Abuza 267 Zachary Abuza
30 David Capitanchik 256 David Capitanchik
31 Robert Thompson 255 Robert Thompson
32 John Thompson 238 John Thompson
33 Simon Reeve 234 Simon Reeve
34 Wesley Wark 230 Wesley Wark or Wesley K. Wark
35 Frances Townsend 225 Frances Townsend or Fran Townsend
36 David Charters 222 David Charters
37 Kevin Toolis 216 Kevin Toolis
38 Tariq Ramadan 204 Tariq Ramadan
39 Steve Emerson 203 Steve Emerson or Steven emerson
40 Steve Simon 201 Steve Simon or steven simon
41 Paul Beaver 186 Paul Beaver
42 Larry Johnson 184 Larry Johnson or Larry C. Johnson
43 Brian Jenkins 171 Brian Jenkins or Brian Michael Jenkins or Brian M. Jenkins
44 Rita Katz 157 Rita Katz
45 David Wright-Neville 154 David Wright-Neville
46 Olivier Roy 152 Olivier Roy
47 Michael Ledeen 149 Michael Ledeen
48 Robert Pape 149 Robert Pape or Robert A. Pape
49 Lawrence Eagleburger 144 Lawrence Eagleburger
50 Boaz Ganor 144 Boaz Ganor
51 Paul Rogers 142 Paul Rogers
52 Mike Yardley 142 Mike Yardley or Michael Yardley
53 Fouad Ajami 136 Fouad Ajami
54 Paul Pillar 135 Paul Pillar or Paul R. Pillar
55 Conor Cruise O'Brien 134 Conor Cruise O'Brien
56 Jessica Stern 129 Jessica Stern
57 Michael Johnson 127 Michael Johnson
58 Patrick Clawson 126 Patrick Clawson
59 Graham Allison 124 Graham Allison
60 Michael Osterholm 122 Michael Osterholm or Michael T. Osterholm
61 Peter Power 119 Peter Power
62 Alan Murray 115 Alan Murray
63 John O'Connor 115 John O'Connor
64 Matthew Levitt 104 Matthew Levitt or Matthew A. Levitt
65 Michael McKinley 96 Michael McKinley
66 Mustafa Alani 94 Mustafa Alani
67 John Murphy 91 John Murphy or John F. Murphy
68 Stephen Schwartz 91 Stephen Schwartz
69 Louise Richardson 90 Louise Richardson
70 Evan Kohlmann 89 Evan Kohlmann or Evan F. Kohlmann
71 Anthony Glees 86 Anthony Glees
72 Laurie Mylroie 85 Laurie Mylroie
73 Bruce Riedel 85 Bruce Riedel or Bruce O. Riedel
74 Nick Kaldas 80 Nick Kaldas
75 John Sifton 79 John Sifton
76 Jeane Kirkpatrick 78 Jeane Kirkpatrick
77 Neil Doyle 77 Neil Doyle
78 Donald Henderson 74 Donald Henderson or Donald A. Henderson
79 Jonathan Stevenson 74 Jonathan Stevenson
80 Irwin Redlener 71 Irwin Redlener
81 Charles Pena 65 Charles Pena or Charles V. Pena
82 Dan Plesch 65 Dan Plesch
83 Tara O'Toole 64 Tara O'Toole
84 Michael Walzer 64 Michael Walzer
85 Daniel Byman 63 Daniel Byman
86 Walter Laqueur 62 Walter Laqueur
87 Adam Roberts 60 Adam Roberts
88 Marc Sageman 59 Marc Sageman
89 Jusuf Wanandi 59 Jusuf Wanandi
90 Athol Yates 59 Athol Yates
91 Crispin Black 58 Crispin Black
92 Rachel Ehrenfeld 58 Rachel Ehrenfeld
93 Andrew Lynch 58 Andrew Lynch
94 Rolf Tophoven 56 Rolf Tophoven
95 Alan Krueger 55 Alan Krueger or Alan B. Krueger
96 Roger Cressey 53 Roger Cressey
97 Jack Goldsmith 52 Jack Goldsmith
98 Philip Russell 52 Philip Russell or Philip K. Russell
99 Alex Standish 52 Alex Standish
100 Cass Sunstein 52 Cass Sunstein or Cass R. Sunstein
101 Charles Shoebridge 51 Charles Shoebridge


  1. The LexisNexis Major World Newspapers group file which was used for the search contains over 40 full-text newspapers from around the world. According to LexisNexis the papers included “are generally regarded by the reading public as those giving the most comprehensive and reliable coverage”. A full list of the sources is below. Major World Newspapers Sources
    ABIX - Australasian Business Intelligence
    Asia Africa Intelligence Wire - Selected Publications
    Belfast Telegraph
    Brisbane News
    BRW Abstracts (Australia)
    Business Day (South Africa)
    Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday
    Daily News (New York)
    Daily Record & Sunday Mail
    Daily Telegraph & Sunday Telegraph (Sydney)
    Financial Mail (South Africa)
    Financial Post Investing
    Financial Times
    Global News Wire
    Herald Sun & Sunday Herald Sun (Melbourne)
    Het Financieele Dagblad (English)
    Hobart Mercury/Sunday Tasmanian
    Information Bank Abstracts
    International Herald Tribune
    Kiplinger Publications
    Korea Herald
    Korea Times
    Los Angeles Times (most recent 6 months)
    Mainichi Daily News
    Miami Herald
    Moscow News
    National Post
    Newsday (most recent 6 months)
    New Straits Times (Malaysia)
    Northern Territory News (Australia)
    South China Morning Post
    Sunday Times (South Africa)
    Sunday Tribune
    The Advertiser/Sunday Mail (Australia)
    The Age (Melbourne, Australia)
    The Australian
    The Australian Financial Review Abstracts
    The Boston Globe
    The Business
    The Business Times Singapore
    The Canberra Times
    The Courier Mail and The Sunday Mail (Australia)
    The Daily and Sunday Telegraph (London)
    The Daily Star and Sunday Star
    The Daily Yomiuri (Tokyo)
    The Dominion (Wellington)
    The Dominion Post (Wellington)
    The Express
    The Express - Most Recent Two Weeks
    The Globe and Mail (Canada)
    The Guardian (London)
    The Herald (Glasgow)
    The Independent and Independent on Sunday (London)
    The Irish Times
    The Japan Times
    The Jerusalem Post
    The Jerusalem Report
    The Kalgoorlie Miner
    The Mirror and The Sunday Mirror
    The Moscow Times
    The Nation (Thailand)
    The News of the World
    The New York Times
    The New York Times - Biographical Materials
    The New York Times - Government Biographical Materials
    The New Zealand Herald
    The Observer
    The Philadelphia Inquirer
    The Prague Post
    The Press (Christchurch)
    The Scotsman & Scotland on Sunday
    The Straits Times (Singapore)
    The Sun
    The Sunday Express
    The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
    The Times & Sunday Times
    The Toronto Star
    The Toronto Sun
    The Washington Post
    The Washington Post Biographical Stories
    The Washington Times
    The West Australian
    USA Today
    Wall Street Journal Abstracts
    Xtreme Information
  2. The searches were based on the Christian name and Surname of the experts. Where the use of a middle name, middle initial or a variation on the individual’s Christian name appeared to be in common use this was also incorporated into the search. This was determined by a Google search of the individual’s Christian name and Surname and a noting down of all variations used in the first twenty results retured.
  3. The specific details of the search are as follows: [Name of Expert] and terrorism or terrorist or "suicide bomb*" (>=2000-01-01 and <=2007-12-01)
  4. A search for Richard Brennan returned 121 items but 119 of those were articles written by a Toronto Star journalist of the same name. Similarly a search for John Downing returned 114 items but 103 were articles written by the Toronto Sun journalist of the same name. A search for Ali Khan and David George returned 520 and 52 items respectively but were excluded because they referred predominantly to other individuals.