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Worlds in Collision, Worlds in Collusion: The Uneasy Relationship Between the Counterterrorism Policy Community and the Academic Community

NCJ Number
Terrorism Volume: 11 Issue: 6 Dated: (1988) Pages: 503-509
J M Post; R Ezekiel
Date Published
7 pages
This paper explores the tension and barriers to cooperation between the government and academic communities in policy-relevant areas.
In the field of political terrorism, the time urgency of dealing with violence or the threat of violence characterizes the government professional's approach, while the academic views terrorism with a long-range perspective. Other differences in missions, role requirements, and attitudes within the two communities contribute to the gap between them. Exchanges of personnel, ongoing programs for the exchange of information, and increasing the number of academic advisors with security clearances are among the recommendations for narrowing the gap. (Author abstract)