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This paper maps the discursive and ideological habitus in which UK think-tanks operate in connection with the ‘war on terror’. It discusses how UK think-tanks have both shaped and been shaped by this habitus and the impact their work has had on counter-terrorism policy in the UK. It begins by discussing the concept of think-tanks and their role and input into politics. It then sketches the rise of ‘terrorism’ as both an academic object of study, from the mid-1970s onwards, and as an increasingly vital policy area for governments and the military-security establishment, especially after 9/11. The paper then focuses on UK think-tanks dividing them into three broad categories: conservative-orthodox think-tanks, establishment think-tanks and alternative-radical think-tanks.
Abdou Filali-Ansary Occasional Paper Series
ISSN 2633 - 8890
Think-tanks, Security, Terrorism, Radicalisation
Enayat, Hadi, "UK Think-Tanks, the War on Terror and the Radicalisation Debate" (2020). Abdou Filali-Ansary Occasional Paper Series. Book 4.