Prof Adam Dolnik

Advisor in Counterterrorism, Hostage Negotiations and Kidnap Survival

Czech Republic

Professor Adam Dolnik, PhD is an independent specialist on terrorism, hostage negotiations, kidnapping for ransom, and conduct after capture. He serves as a consultant on these issues for many governments, international organisations, NGOs, academic institutions and businesses, including the United Nations Counterterrorism Centre (UNCCT), OSCE Action against Terrorism Unit (ATU), and the FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU).

Prior to his career as a practitioner Adam was Professor of Terrorism Studies at the University of Wollongong, Australia; Professor of Counterterrorism at the George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies in Garmisch, Germany; Chief Trainer at the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR) in Singapore; and a researcher at the Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism Research Project at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California.

Professor Dolnik has provided lectures and training for various organisations and agencies in over 50 countries, and has extensive experience in conducting field research on terrorism in challenging environments (i.e. North Caucasus, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uganda, South Sudan, Southern Philippines, DRC, Souther Thailand, Indonesia etc.) Adam also serves as a trainer on the UN Hostage Incident Management (HIM) course, and is regularly invited to share his knowledge with the International Negotiators’ Working Group (INWG), which brings together representatives of the world’s top hostage negotiation teams. Adam is an internationally trained hostage negotiator (New Scotland Yard, FBI, Police Scotland, Greater Manchester Police) and has practical experience with complex overseas kidnap management.

Professor Dolnik’s books include Understanding Terrorist Innovation: Technologies, Tactics, and Global Trends (London: Routledge, 2007) and Negotiating Hostage Crises with the New Terrorists (Westport CT: Praeger Security International, 2007), Terrorism Field Research: A Guide (London: Routledge, 2013), Negotiating the Siege of Lal Masjid (Oxford University Press, 2016),  and Understanding the Lord’s Resistance Army Insurgency (World Scientific, 2016), as well as over 60 reports and articles.