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Rohan Gunaratna

Rohan Gunaratna (born 1961) is an international terrorism expert. He is the head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR)[1] at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Currently, he is a professor of Security studies at the ICPVTR in S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. By its size, ICPVTR is one of the largest counter-terrorism research and training centres in the world.

Gunaratna[2] received his Masters from the University of Notre Dame (USA), where he was Hesburgh Scholar and his doctorate from the University of St Andrews (Scotland), where he was British Chevening Scholar.

A former Senior Fellow at the Combating Terrorism Centre at the United States Military Academy at West Point (New York), he was invited to testify on the structure of al Qaeda before the 9/11 Commission. The author of 15 books, including Inside al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror (University of Columbia Press), Gunaratna interviewed terrorists and insurgents in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Saudi Arabia and other conflict zones. For advancing international security cooperation, Gunaratna received the Major General Ralph H. Van Deman Award in June 2014.

A Member of the Steering Committee of Hambali regularly visited Australia. This claim was later refuted by Australian authorities as lacking in evidence.[3] Commenting on one of his books, the Pacific Journalism Review said in its review that "his writing here on Indonesia reveals a remarkably narrow selection of sources, a profound lack of knowledge, and a flawed understanding of the history of the Indonesian armed forces and of their intelligence operates".[4]

Following an investigation by The Sunday Age, Gunaratna retracted some of the credentials formerly found in many his books.[5]


  • Ontario Superior Court of Justice's verdict against Gunaratna 1
  • Works 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Ontario Superior Court of Justice's verdict against Gunaratna

In a February 2011 article in front for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.[6]

The CTC sued Gunaratna, and, on 21 January 2014, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled against Gunaratna, ordering home to pay the CTC damages of $37,000, and costs of $16,000.[7][8] In his ruling judge Stephen E. Firestone stated that Gunaratna's claims were unequivocally and incontrovertibly "false and untrue".[9][10]


Works (as author or co-author):

  • Rohan Gunaratna (2013). "Countering Extremism: Building Social Resilience through Community Engagement".[11]
  • Rohan Gunaratna (2003). Inside Al-Qaeda: Global Network of Terror (Rei Sub ed.). Berkley Trade.  
  • Rohan Gunaratna (1987). War and Peace in Sri Lanka: With a Post-Accord Report From Jaffna (1 ed.). Institute of Fundamental Studies.  
  • Rohan Gunaratna (1990). Sri Lanka – A Lost Revolution? The Inside Story of the JVP. Institute of Fundamental Studies.  
  • Rohan Gunaratna (1993). Indian intervention in Sri Lanka: The role of India's intelligence agencies. South Asian Network on Conflict Research.  
  • Countering Terrorism: Can We Meet the Threat of Global Violence?[1]
  • Combating Terrorism (Regionalism & Regional Security)[2]
  • Ethnic Identity and National Conflict in China[3]
  • The Changing Face of Terrorism[4]
  • Conflict And Terrorism in Southern Thailand[5]
  • Rohan Gunaratna (2006). "The terror market: networks and enforcement in the West". Harvard International Review[6]


  1. ^ International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR) profile,; accessed 1 September 2015.
  2. ^ Rohan Gunaratna's Profile,; accessed 1 September 2015.
  3. ^ Riduan Isamuddin & Australia,; accessed 1 September 2015.
  4. ^ Pacific Journalism Review article: Vol 9, September 2003, pp 201–07.
  5. ^ "Analyse this". The Age (Melbourne). 20 July 2003. 
  6. ^ "CTC Awarded $53,000 in Successful Defamation Lawsuit Against Rohan Gunaratna". Colombo Telegraph. 19 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Westhead, Rick (20 February 2014). "Canadian Tamil Congress wins $53,000 libel judgment".  
  8. ^ "Video: Canadian court orders Prof.Gunaratna to pay damages".  
  9. ^ Vijayan, K. C. (27 February 2014). "Singapore terror expert must pay $60,000 for defamation".  
  10. ^ "'"CTC win defamation case against Sri Lankan 'terrorism expert. Tamil Guardian. 19 February 2014. 
  11. ^ Countering Extremism: Building Social Resilience through Community Engagement

External links

  • Staff Profile of Rohan Gunaratna, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, A Graduate School of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research
  • Bradley Hope, How Commissioner Kelly Reads His Way To Vigilance on Crime, New York Sun October 2006.
  • Daniel Hoare, Gareth Evans downplays terrorist risk in Australia
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