Rohan Gunaratna (born 1961) is a Singaporean analyst on security
affairs. He is the head of the International Centre for Political
Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR) 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
3 Criticism and controversy
3.1 Hambali claims
3.3 Ontario Superior Court of Justice's verdict against Gunaratna
6 External links
Gunaratna received his Masters from the University of Notre Dame
(USA), where he was Hesburgh Scholar and his doctorate from the
University of St Andrews
University of St Andrews (Scotland), where he was British Chevening
A former Senior Fellow at the Combating Terrorism Centre at the United
States Military Academy at West Point, 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.[self-published source] 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 George Washington University's
Homeland Security Policy Institute, Gunaratna is also Senior Fellow
both at Fletcher School for Law and Diplomacy's Jebsen Center for
Counter Terrorism Studies and the Memorial Institute for the
Prevention of Terrorism, Oklahoma.
Invited to testify before the 9-11 Commission on the structure of
al-Qaeda, Gunaratna led the specialist team that built the UN Database
on al Qaeda, Taliban and their Entities. The author and editor of 12
books including Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror (Columbia
University Press), an international best-seller, Gunaratna is also the
lead author of Jane's Counter Terrorism, a handbook for counter
terrorism practitioners. His latest book with Michael Chandler, former
Chairman of the UN Monitoring Group into the Mobility, Weapons and
Finance is Countering Terrorism: Can We Meet the Threat of Global
Violence? He serves on the editorial boards of Studies in Conflict and
Terrorism and Terrorism and Political Violence, leading academic
journals in the field
Criticism and controversy
In 2003, Gunaratna claimed that
Al-Qaeda commander Riduan Isamuddin
alias Hambali regularly visited Australia plot fly planes into the
British Houses of Parliament were dismissed by Australian authorities
including the ASIO as lacking in evidence. Commenting on one of
his books, the
Pacific Journalism Review
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". Australian journalist and commentator on intelligence
issues Brian Toohey has called him a "self-proclaimed expert". He
has also made bogus claims to be a "principal investigator" at the
UN’s Terrorism Prevention Branch. IN reality, he had spoken at a
seminar organized by the parliamentary library, given evidence to a
congressional hearing on terrorism and delivered a research paper at a
conference organized by the UN’s Department for Disarmament
In 2004, New Zealand journalist Martin Bright, described Gunaratna as
“the least reliable of the experts on bin Laden” His claim to
New Zealand Herald
New Zealand Herald that "sympathisers and supporters of various
terrorist groups were in New Zealand” and claimed to have seen their
fundraising leaflets were also dismissed by New Zealand’s Financial
In 2013, Sri Lankan member of parliament
Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe wrote
in op-ed in which said that "he (Gunaratna) insisted the importance of
combating terrorism, he did not address on the cause for the emergence
of terrorism." In 2017,
Inspector General of Bangladesh Police
dismissed his claims of
ISIS presence in Bangladesh by saying that he
had no experience in "real issues."
Ontario Superior Court of Justice's verdict against Gunaratna
In a February 2011 article in Lakbima News, Gunaratna claimed that the
Canadian Tamil Congress
Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) was a front for the Liberation Tigers of
Tamil Eelam. 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.
In his ruling judge Stephen E. Firestone stated that Gunaratna's
claims were unequivocally and incontrovertibly "false and
Works (as author or co-author):
Rohan Gunaratna (2013). "Countering Extremism: Building Social
Resilience through Community Engagement".
Rohan Gunaratna (2003). Inside Al-Qaeda: Global Network of Terror (Rei
Sub ed.). Berkley Trade. ISBN 978-0-425-19114-9.
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. ISBN 978-955-95199-0-4.
Countering Terrorism: Can We Meet the Threat of Global Violence?
Combating Terrorism (Regionalism & Regional Security)
Ethnic Identity and National Conflict in China
The Changing Face of Terrorism
Conflict And Terrorism in Southern Thailand
Rohan Gunaratna (2006). "The terror market: networks and enforcement
in the West". Harvard International Review
^ International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research
(ICPVTR) profile, Rsis.edu.sg; accessed 1 September 2015.
^ a b c d Small, David (24 August 2004). "Terrorism Expertise of Rohan
Gunaratna Questioned". Scoop. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
^ Rohan Gunaratna's Profile, Rsis.edu.sg; accessed 1 September 2015.
^ Rohan Gunaratna; Peter Chalk. Jane's Counter Terrorism.
Books.google.com. Retrieved 2017-03-17.
Riduan Isamuddin & Australia, Abc.net; accessed 1 September
Pacific Journalism Review
Pacific Journalism Review article: Vol 9, September 2003, pp
^ a b "Analyse this". The Age. Melbourne. 20 July 2003.
^ Rajapakshe, Wijeydasa. "Dr. Gunaratne's Advice On Conflict Is More
Mythical Than To Reality". Colombo Telegraph.
^ "IGP trashes claim of café siege by IS". The Daily Star. 14 March
2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
^ "CTC Awarded $53,000 in Successful Defamation Lawsuit Against Rohan
Gunaratna". Colombo Telegraph. 19 February 2014.
^ Westhead, Rick (20 February 2014). "
Canadian Tamil Congress
Canadian Tamil Congress wins
$53,000 libel judgment". Toronto Star.
^ "Video: Canadian court orders Prof.Gunaratna to pay damages". The
Daily Mirror. Indo-Asian News Service. 19 February 2014.
^ Vijayan, K. C. (27 February 2014). "
Singapore terror expert must pay
$60,000 for defamation". The Straits Times.
^ "CTC win defamation case against Sri Lankan 'terrorism expert'".
Tamil Guardian. 19 February 2014.
^ Gunaratna, Rohan. "Countering Extremism: Building Social Resilience
through Community Engagement". RSIS. Retrieved 2017-03-17.
^ Michael Chandler; Rohan Gunaratna. Countering Terrorism: Can We Meet
the Threat of Global Violence?. Amazon.com. ISBN 9781861893086.
^ Rohan Gunaratna. Combating Terrorism (Regionalism & Regional
Security). Amazon.com. ISBN 9789812102805. Retrieved
^ a b c Rohan Gunaratna. Amazon.com. Retrieved 2017-03-17.
^ [dead link]
Staff Profile of Rohan Gunaratna, S. Rajaratnam School of
International Studies, A Graduate School of Nanyang Technological
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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