Studies examining mental disorder and terrorist involvement have a convoluted history. Early studies were correctly debunked on methodological grounds, but the existing consensus, that mental disorder never plays a role in terrorism, is likely to be false when we consider the complexity and diversity of the problem. Instead, there are likely to be a range of mental disorders across the arc of terrorist involvement. This work addresses the current discord in the understanding of the potential role of psychopathology, and re-examines well accepted, but as yet untested, theories of terrorist behaviour.
1230 - R1 Theatrette Russell Offices, Canberra
1730 - Seminar Room 1 Charles Sturt University 10-12 Brisbane Avenue Barton, Canberra
1230 - Julian Thirkill - julian.thirkill [at] defence.gov.au
1730 - terrorismstudies [at] csu.edu.au