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A terrorism analyst is an individual who studies terrorism and terrorist groups. He or she may operate in one or more of the following professional capacities:
- as a member of a think tank
- as a journalist
- as an employee of a security risk management consultancy
- and/or as an academic.
Ed Herman and other critics of such "analysts" call the terrorism pundits "terrorologists", and refer to the black propaganda they produce "terrorology".
Terrorism analysts are frequently called upon for comment by media organisations. For example, M. J. Gohel and Sajjan M. Gohel of the Asia-Pacific Foundation were widely quoted in the UK and international media in the aftermath of the July 2005 London bomb attacks.
Some terrorism analysts have been accused of having a hidden agenda. An example is journalist Steven Emerson of [[MSNBC]].
For a list of terrorism analysts, see this SourceWatch category.