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November News: Search tool to combat cartels; Global terrorism trends infographic


November News: Search tool to combat cartels; Global terrorism trends infographic

November 20, 2019

FEATURED

START, CINA and CAOE develop search tool for combatting cartels in Mexico and the Northern Triangle
Researchers from three Department of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence are working together to provide the U.S. Government with new open source tools that combat transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) and drug cartels in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, while protecting confidential sources and increasing international and domestic information sharing. A new research brief describes the effort as well as the innovative Gazetteer Search Tool the team is developing for the project. It also details some initial findings about the more than 3,500 violent deaths in Guatemala. 

New Infographic: Global Terrorism in 2018
A new infographic summarizes global terrorism trends in 2018. Based on the headlines from the recent Global Terrorism Database background report, it illustrates the total numbers of attacks and deaths, the Islamic State’s decline in Iraq and expanding global impact, fewer mass casualty attacks in Western Europe, attacks in the United States and the deadliest attacks of the year.

PUBLICATIONS

System, State, or Individual: Gaming Levels of Analysis in International Relations
International Studies Perspectives
Asal, Victor, and Inga Miller, Charmaine N. Willis
 
Civil Action and the Dynamics of Violence
Oxford University Press
Avant, Deborah, and Marie Berry, Erica Chenoweth, Rachel Epstein, Cullen Hendrix, Oliver Kaplan, Timothy Sisk
 
Mobile Technology and the Transformation of Public Alert and Warning
ABC-CLIO, LLC
Bean, Hamilton
 
Who Is More Violent in Extremist Groups? A Comparison of Leaders and Followers
Aggressive Behavior
Jasko, Katarzyna and Gary LaFree
 
Creating Positive Policing Narratives for Countering Violent Extremism
Hedayah
Gerspacher, Nadia and Stevan Weine
 
Violent Non-State Actors and the Kashmir Conflict
NSI White Paper
Ligon, Gina, and Michael Logan, Lauren Zimmerman
 
Terrorism Risk and Optimal Policy Response: Theory and Empirics
Indian Growth and Development Review
Mohtadi, Hamid and Bryan Weber
 
The Relationship between Maternal Psychopathology and Parental Perceptions of Their Children’s Reactions in Survivors of the 1998 US Embassy Bombing in Nairobi, Kenya
Annals of Clinical Psychiatry
Pfefferbaum, Betty, and Carol North, Pushpa Narayanan, Cedric Dumont
 
Islamist Terrorism, Diaspora Links and Casualty Rates
Perspectives on Terrorism
Piazza, James A. and Gary LaFree
 
Media Salience and Frame Changing in the Coverage of Mass Shootings: A Comparison of Ideological and Non-Ideological Attacks
Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture
Schildkraut, Jaclyn and Jeff Gruenewald
 
#JESUISPARIS?: An Appeal to Hypocrisy and Justifications for Mass Casualty Violence
Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology
Sporer, Karyn, and Michael K. Logan, Gina S. Ligon, Doug C. Derrick
 
Protestors, Terrorists or Something Else? How to Think about Dissident Groups
Conflict Management and Peace Science
Young, Joseph K. and Steve Shellman
 
Understanding Motivated Publics during Disasters: Examining Message Functions, Frames, and Styles of Social Media Influentials and Followers
Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management
Zhao, Xinyan Zhao, and Mengqi Monica Zhan, Brooke Fisher Liu

NEWS

START launches new GTD website and announces partnership with CHC Global
In concert with the new Global Terrorism Database™ report on "Trends in Global Terrorism" and 2018 data, START recently announced a new partnership with CHC Global and launched a new GTD™ website.
 
Book talk recap: From Freedom Fighters to Jihadists
Harvard University Visiting Fellow and Former START TRA Vera Mironova gave a book talk at START exploring the internal organization of armed groups and, in particular, their human resources, through the prism of a labor market theory.
 
TEVUS now includes data through 2018
Now with data through 2018, the TEVUS portal compiles behavioral, geographic and temporal information about violent extremist crime in the United States from four databases, including the American Terrorism Study, the Global Terrorism Database, the U.S. Extremist Crime Database and Profiles of Perpetrators of Terrorism in the United States.

 

START continues to seek opportunities to fund the GTD beyond 2019

If your organization uses the GTD and would like to explore options to support data collection or purchase a license for commercial use, please contact us at gtd@start.umd.edu. If you are an individual who would like to support the GTD, you may make a gift directly to START through the University of Maryland College Park Foundation (UMCPF). START also welcomes testimonials sent to gtd@start.umd.edu from individuals and organizations regarding the value of the GTD to ongoing analytical efforts.

EVENTS

CARR Far Right De-Radicalisation Webinars
What is deradicalisation? And what does it look like for individuals involved in radical right movements? As part of a new EU-STRIVE funded project with Hedayah, CARR will be unpicking these questions along with practitioners, former violent extremists and academic experts in a yearlong webinar series looking at far right deradicalisation good practices. To express your interest in attending one of these webinars, please email CARR's social media address: socialmedia@radicalrightanalysis.com.

OPPORTUNITIES

Research Scientist (12/1): The Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS), based at the University of Maryland College Park, is actively seeking research scientists (in the full, Associate, and Assistant ranks) to commit effort on its projects. Exceptional candidates in all areas related to the ARLIS’s current research trajectories will be given serious consideration, particularly those with experience in multiple areas.
 
Research Engineer (12/1): The Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS), based at the University of Maryland College Park, is actively seeking research engineers (in the full, Associate, and Assistant ranks) to commit effort on ARLIS projects. Research engineers conduct independent research, combining scientific discovery with excellence in engineering practice, design, and development. The typical research engineer candidate may have fewer peer-reviewed publications due to past experience in industry or US Government but has demonstrated experience building systems and delivering solutions to a defined customer.
 
International Symposium on Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism in Malaysia and Southeast Asia (ICVE) (3/16 – 3/18): The International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (ISTAC) of the International Islamic University Malaysia and START cordially invite you to submit an abstract for The 1st International Symposium on Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism in Malaysia and Southeast Asia (ICVE). The submission window opens on October 15 and will close on November 30, 2019, with the full papers due February 14, 2020. While there is no limit regarding the number of submissions, the best 15 abstracts will be offered a $600 stipend towards travel costs and the winning entries will be considered for publication in WoS-Indexed Al-Shajarah: Journal of The International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC). For inquiries and submission, please send an email to icve.istac@gmail.com

TRAINING

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START IN THE NEWS

BBC Science Focus: Peaceful protests: Are non-violent demonstrations an effective way to achieve change?
Research conducted by START affiliate Erica Chenoweth is cited in this article about peaceful protests.
 
Washington Post: Rep. Adam Schiff says we need a domestic terrorism law. Civil rights groups say no.
START Director William Braniff is quoted in this article about a domestic terrorism law.
 
Vice: Facebook Went to War Against White Supremacist Terror After Christchurch. Will It Work?
START Director William Braniff and START affiliate Peter Simi are quoted in this article about countering online radicalization.
 
Council on Foreign Relations: The New Terrorism Reality
Data from the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is cited in this opinion piece about how the global terrorist threat is evolving.
 
The National Interest: Terrorism: Making a Comeback or on the Decline? A New Report Has Answers.
Data from the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is cited in this article about global terrorism trends, based on the release of the 2018 dataset.
 
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A violent culture? The roots of radicalization run deep
START researcher Arie Kruglanski and affiliate Peter Simi are quoted in this article about the psychology of radicalization in the United States.
 
MSN: What Will Baghdadi's Death Mean For The Future Of ISIS?
START senior researcher Barnett Koven is quoted in this article about the future of ISIS following its leader’s death.
 
Fox News: With death of top leaders of Islamic State, what's next for the terror group?
START Director William Braniff is quoted in this article about the future of counterterrorism efforts against ISIS following the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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

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