He is the author of The Myth of Martyrdom: What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, and Other Self-Destructive Killers, which offers unprecedented evidence that many suicide terrorists are suicidal, in the clinical sense, and are not simply driven by ideology or commitment to the cause. This directly contradicts what most experts have insisted about suicide terrorists for decades.
Dr. Lankford has written for The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Wired, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, and numerous peer-reviewed journals. His research has been featured by CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, BBC World Radio, CBS Radio, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Time, USA Today, and many other national and international outlets.
2003 to 2008, he helped coordinate Senior Executive Anti-Terrorism
Forums for high-ranking foreign military and security personnel in
conjunction with the U.S. State Departmentís Anti-Terrorism Assistance
program. During this period, ATA hosted delegations from Armenia,
Colombia, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan,
Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and Uzbekistan.