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Countering female terrorism: Karla J. Cunningham

ByKARLA J. CUNNINGHAM

Women represent a growing, if not already established, presence in myriad terrorist organizations offi cially identifi ed as national security threats to their respective states (e.g., Russia, India, Colombia, Israel, Britain). Importantly, the study of female terrorists is rarely acknowledged as a subject that can add to our understanding of terrorism. Similarly, the study of female terrorists is rarely, if ever, acknowledged as a subject that can add to our understanding of how to counter terrorism. At the simplest level, much in the way gender has been theoretically explored in the fi eld of International Relations, “… a gender analysis of women’s lives and experiences does not simply ‘add something’ about women but transforms what we know about men and the activities they undertake” (O’Gorman and Jabri 1999, 7-8).