The journal Terrorism and Violence publishes “scholarship on a broad range of issues associated with terrorism and political violence.”  In the current issue, Juliana Pilon, Senior Fellow of The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization, reviews Radicals, Revolutionaries, and Terrorists by the political sociologist Colin Beck.

Dr. Pilon praises Beck’s book for its range and readability, although she finds certain of his categories and definitions wanting clarity.  Beck counsels students of these phenomena to “reject an ideological or cultural account if the author is unable to explain how they define ideology and why doing so is useful for their purposes.”  For Dr. Pilon, this is “important advice indeed.”

Dr. Pilon serves as director of AHI’s Washington Program on National Security (WaPoNs),  inaugurated in 2016. She is the author of  The Utopian Conceit and the War on Freedom (2019); The Art of Peace: Engaging a Complex World (2016); Notes From the Other Side of Night (1979); Soulmates: Resurrecting Eve (2011):  Why America is Such a Hard Sell: Beyond Pride and Prejudice (2007); and The Bloody Flag: Post-Communist Nationalism in Eastern EuropeSpotlight on Romania (1992), among many other writings. Over the years she has published more than two hundred articles and reviews on international affairs, human rights, literature, and philosophy and has made frequent appearances on radio and television. Dr. Pilon has taught at several colleges and universities including the National Defense University, Air University’s Language and Culture Center, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, American University, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Institute of World Politics, where she was Director of the Center for Culture and Security. In 2014, she helped found the Daniel Morgan Academy. From 2010 to 2013, she directed the Center for Culture and Security at the Institute of World Politics, Washington, D.C. In the 1990s, she was Vice President of Programs for the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES).