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New tool to understand terrorist groups; Research from the START Symposium; American deaths in terrorist attacks


New tool to understand terrorist groups; Research from the START Symposium; American deaths in terrorist attacks

October 29, 2015
FEATURED RESEARCH
 
New online tool reveals terrorist networks and behavior over time
To enable a better understanding of how terrorist organizations network and function over time, START has launched the Big Allied and Dangerous (BAAD) online platform. The innovative new tool features updated, vetted and sourced organizational profiles, and relationship information and social network data on 50 of the most notorious terrorist organizations in the world since 1998, with additional network information on more than 100 organizations. Read more.
 
Research Symposium Recap: Counterterrorism, Extremist Organizations, Individual Radicalization
START researchers from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C., this month to present research findings on a variety of terrorism-related topics. Links to these presentations and findings are available below:

Fact Sheet: American Deaths in Terrorist Attacks
In response to President Obama’s statement Oct. 1 about the comparison between Americans killed by gun violence and Americans killed by terrorist violence, START compiled this fact sheet from the Global Terrorism Database about Americans killed in terrorist attacks from 1995-2014. Read more.
 


DISCUSSION POINT

 
Be careful what you ask for: 10 years at START
Written by START Director Gary LaFree, this keynote address (presented at the 2015 START Symposium) highlights the work accomplished by START over the past decade and the critical support START has received by being established as a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. He also discusses the changes in both terrorism and terrorism studies over this time. Read more.
 


Responding to Terrorism? Human Rights Organization Shaming and Terrorist Attacks
Studies in Conflict and Terrorism
Asal, Victor, and Kathleen Deloughery, Amanda Murdie
 
Modeling Public–Private Partnerships in Disaster Management via Centralized and Decentralized Models
Decision Analysis
Guan, Peiqiu, and Jun Zhuang
 
Policing in Israel: Studying Crime Control, Community, and Counterterrorism
CRC Press
Jonathan-Zamir, Tal, and David Weisburd, Badi Hasisi (editors)
 


New NOAA project aims to improve all hazards risk communication
Tornadoes have devastating effects on communities throughout huge portions of the United States, especially in areas where communicating emergency alerts is difficult. START’s Risk Communication and Resilience team is working to help fix that, thanks to funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Read more.
 
Howard U. physicist recognized for outstanding contributions to the field
The American Physical Society has recently named Dr. Prabhakar Misra a fellow of its organization in recognition of his outstanding contributions to physics. Misra, a professor of physics at Howard University, has worked with START for the past two years on developing machine learning algorithms intended to eventually enable the prediction of terrorist threats. Read more.
 
START internship, DHS support inspire alumna's career track
Julia Fuller began her career in terrorism studies interning at START with the Global Terrorism Database and became enthralled with the topic. She has since worked for numerous other projects supported by DHS and is pursuing her master’s degree at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Read more
 
TSAS awarded $2.15 million Partnership Grant
The Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS) has been awarded a $2.15 million Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Read more.
 
ASC conference to highlight new terrorism division
Given the American Society of Criminology’s newly created Division on Terrorism & Bias Crimes, its annual meeting this month in Washington, D.C., will include more than 50 talks and panels related to terrorism. Read more.
 


EVENTS

 
“The ISIS Apocalypse,” a book talk by William McCants, 11:30 a.m. Nov. 6 at START Headquarters.
 


START OPPORTUNITIES

**START Spring 2016 Internships**
During the course of their internship, participants are exposed to the most up-to-date theories, methods and information related to the study of terrorism. They are versed in the critical questions tackled by homeland security practitioners, policy makers and researchers, and are mentored in a professional environment geared toward student success. The program is designed to prepare the next generation of homeland security scholars and practitioners through real-world research experience. Priority Deadline Oct. 30, Final Application Deadline Nov. 13. Apply now.
 
**Job Opportunities at START**

 
START Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis (online program) Apply by Dec. 1.
 
START Winter Courses: Geospatial Analysis for Terrorism; Communicating about Terrorism; The Rise of the Islamic State Register by Jan. 4.

START’s free, online course “Understanding Terrorism and the Terrorism Threat Register by Jan. 18.
 


OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
UCF: Assistant Professor, Political Science -- Security Studies Apply by Nov. 5.

Max Planck Institute: Quantitative Researcher Apply by Oct. 31.

Call for Papers: Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice Submit by Sept. 1, 2016.

 
DHS S&T ‘National Conversation on Homeland Security and Technology’ Dialogue Series Participate Now.
 


START IN THE NEWS
Homeland Security Today: New Online Tool Helps Analysts Understand Terrorist Networks
START Researcher Karl Rethemeyer and Victor Asal are quoted in this feature piece from Homeland Security Today about the release of the Big, Allied And Dangerous online platform on START’s website. Read more.
 
ABC News: Terrorism Experts Analyze Potential ISIS Presence in Israel
START Executive Director William Braniff appeared in numerous stories about recent violence in Israel and the ISIS influence in the region. Read more. Braniff and Sheehan Kane recently authored this Discussion Point, “Taking the Sinai Province of the Islamic State seriously without helping it destabilize Egypt,” anticipating increased violence consistent with the goals of the Islamic State.
 
Huffington Post: The American Vigilantes Fighting ISIS in Syria
START researcher Herbert Tinsley appeared on Huffington Post Live to discuss foreign fighters working with ISIS in Syria. Watch now.
 
CCTV: Deradicalization and the Islamic State
START Research Anthony Lemieux was featured in this segment on the term deradicalization and how the process works in terrorism, specifically in the fight against the Islamic State. Read more.
 
Christian Science Monitor: ISIS in America Series
START researchers William Braniff and John Horgan were quoted throughout news articles in a series about the Islamic State in America, touching on topics ranging from recruitment strategies to radicalization to community resilience. Among those quoted are. Read more.
 
This is a selection of news clips from the past month.
A complete list of START’s media coverage can be found
here
.

SUPPORTING START

 
Help Support START Research and Education
The START Consortium is dedicated to generating knowledge of the human causes and consequences of terrorism. Applying rigorous standards to both research and education, START seeks to illuminate one of the most highly politicized and understudied phenomena in the social sciences for students, practitioners and policy-makers. Funded primarily through research grants to date, START is seeking to generate an endowment that will provide the flexibility and autonomy to ensure that it can continue to serve as an objective source of data and empirically based analysis into the future.  To donate, or for more information, please click here. Copyright © 2015 The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), All rights reserved.