Professor Peter Neumann

Senior Associate Fellow


Peter Neumann is Professor of Security Studies at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and founded the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR, in early 2008. Until recently, he also served as the OSCE's Special Representative on Countering Violent Radicalisation. He has authored or co-authored seven books on terrorism and counterterrorism. The latest is Bluster: Donald Trump’s War on Terrorism, which will be published by Hurst and Oxford University Press in December 2019. Prior books include Radicalized: New Jihadists and the Threat to the West (I.B. Tauris, 2016) and Old and New Terrorism (Polity, 2009). In addition, he has led research projects and written peer-reviewed articles and influential policy reports about issues such as online radicalisation, foreign fighter networks and terrorist recruitment in Europe.

He served as an investigator for the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland and is an advisor to the Club de Madrid, the association of former Presidents and Prime Ministers. He has given evidence before a full ministerial session of the UN Security Council, as well as committees of the US House of Representatives, the UK House of Commons, the Canadian House of Commons, the German Bundestag and the European Parliament. He has also served as an expert witness in terrorism cases for the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service, Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service and Scotland’s Crown Office.

At the Department of War Studies, he co-directs the MA programme in Terrorism, Security and Society. He has taught courses on terrorism, counterterrorism, intelligence, radicalisation and counter-radicalisation at King’s College London, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University and Sciences Po (Lyon). Having studied in Berlin, Belfast and London, Neumann holds an MA in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin and a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London. Before becoming an academic, he worked as a radio journalist in Germany.

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