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May News: START researcher speaks on extremism in military


May News: START researcher speaks on extremism in military

May 24, 2021

NEWS

START researcher speaks at Department of Defense forum on extremism in the military
Senior Researcher Dr. Michael Jensen, who leads the Radicalization and Disengagement (RaD) project at START, presented data from the Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States (PIRUS) dataset on extremism in the armed forces at the Department of Defense (DOD) Office of People Analytics (OPA) Spring Research Forum in April.

UWT director speaks on influence operations for Laboratory for Analytic Sciences podcast
Last month, Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT) Director Dr. Steve Sin spoke about START’s work in countering influence operations for an episode of the "Meet the Performer" podcast series with the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences (LAS) at North Carolina State University.

START affiliate receives 2021 Phi Delta Gamma Graduate Fellowship
Former START researcher and current doctoral student Max Erdemandi has been awarded the 2021 Phi Delta Gamma Graduate Fellowship. Every year, the University of Maryland (UMD) offers the $1,000 fellowship to a doctoral student who demonstrates outstanding achievement in interdisciplinary scholarship.

Michele Gelfand elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences
The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences congratulates Professor Michele Gelfand of the Department of Psychology, who was recently elected as a Member of the National Academy of Sciences.

FEATURED PUBLICATION

Competing with Great Powers Through Competitive Strategy and Unconventional Warfare
As U.S. attention shifts from counterterrorism to great power competition (GPC), the U.S. government (USG) can no longer afford to substitute material resources for sound strategy. The USG cannot hope to outspend these state competitors by orders of magnitude. Instead, the USG must reembrace competitive strategy, which seeks to impose asymmetric costs on competitors. 

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Open to All: Online Summer Courses
START offers fully online summer courses on wargaming, insider threat, violent non-state actors in Latin America and geospatial analysis, which are open to any current degree seeking student or non-degree seeking individual. Current University of Maryland students may register through Testudo. Non-University of Maryland students must apply as non-degree seeking students, visiting students, or students with Golden ID Cardholder Status through the University of Maryland’s Office of Extended Studies. Apply by June 1 for Summer 2021.
 
Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree in Security and Terrorism Studies
Prospective students can now apply for START’s brand new, fully online MPS in Security & Terrorism Studies. The program is appropriate for individuals interested in (and/or currently) working in fields related to intelligence analysis, national security analysis, or analysis of other relevant topic areas, and individuals interested in (and/or currently) conducting scholarly research on terrorism and security. Sign up for one of our upcoming virtual information sessions to find out more, and apply by August 3 for Fall 2021. 

EVENTS

Virtual Information Session: MPS in Security and Terrorism Studies
6 p.m. ET June 15, Online
START's Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Security and Terrorism Studies prepares students to examine the complex social, political, economic, and psychological underpinnings of terrorist and security threats. Students are exposed to the theoretical and methodological skills necessary to pursue advanced research and/or be successful in an analytic career. RSVP to education-start@umd.edu for login information.
 
Virtual Information Session: MPS in Security and Terrorism Studies
6 p.m. ET July 15, Online
START's Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Security and Terrorism Studies prepares students to examine the complex social, political, economic, and psychological underpinnings of terrorist and security threats. Students are exposed to the theoretical and methodological skills necessary to pursue advanced research and/or be successful in an analytic career. RSVP to education-start@umd.edu for login information.

START IN THE NEWS

BuzzFeed: Donald Trump is gone, but QAnon's sex trafficking conspiracies are here to stay
START researcher Michael Jensen is quoted in this article about QAnon’s conspiracy theories.
 
WTOP The Hunt: Study finds similarities between hate crimes and terrorism
START Director William Braniff is interviewed in this radio spot on hate crimes and terrorism.
 
War on the Rocks: Back to the future: Getting Special Forces ready for great-power competition
START researcher Barnett Koven co-wrote this article about the utility of Special Forces in great power competition.
 
The Daily Beast: Arresting Capitol rioters won't stop hardcore extremists
START researcher Arie Kruglanski is quoted in this opinion piece about arresting offenders from the Capitol riots.
 
Washington Times: White supremacism, systemic racism don't exist in the U.S., says Ted Nugent: 'We fixed that'
This article about white supremacism in the United States uses data from the Global Terrorism Database (GTD).
 
Mother Jones: Doctor, Lawyer, Insurrectionist: The Radicalization of Simone Gold
START researcher Arie Kruglanski is quoted in this article about one of the perpetrators of the Capitol insurrection.
 
PolitiFact: The ridiculous claim that those at the Capitol Jan. 6 resembled a 'normal tourist visit'
START researcher Michael Jensen is quoted in this article fact checking claims about the Capitol insurrection.

This is a selection of news clips from the past month.

A complete list of START’s media coverage can be found here.

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