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February 7, 2012
National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)
FEATURED RESEARCH
 
Fighting cybercrime with old school criminology
As the world’s dependency on the Internet grows, so too does the collection of cybersecurity threats our nation faces—but a landmark study conducted by researchers from START and the University of Maryland aims to develop strategies to reduce and prevent cyberattacks. The project marks the first active collaboration between computer security experts and social and behavioral scientists on the study of cybercrime. Full Story...
 
Top-ranked criminology journal features START research
The current issue of the top-ranked Journal of Quantitative Criminology features work from many of the field’s best terrorism scholars, many of whom are affiliated with START. Articles span the geospatial distribution of terrorist “hot spots,” sentencing decisions in cases of U.S. terrorist suspects and characteristics of terrorism-related homicides, among other topics. Full Story…
 
START and University of Oklahoma to study effective counterterrorism strategies
START recently received a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate to support a partnership with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC). Together, both START and OUHSC will examine effective counterterrorism strategies. Full Story...
 
START NEWS 
 
John Horgan discusses disengagement in START’s spring seminar
START brought internationally recognized terrorism scholar John Horgan to campus this month to discuss his three-year international research program in which he’s investigating the factors that prompt individuals to withdraw from violent extremist or radical groups. Full Story...

START Interns get vital career preparation
By the time Davia Coke-McKay graduates from the University of Maryland, the junior government and politics major and terrorism studies minor will be a seasoned terrorism analyst. About 60 other START interns this semester will have similar stories. Full Story...
 
Interns extend growing relationship between START and State Department
Through an innovative collaboration between the U.S. Department of State and START, two University of Maryland students are working on projects for the Terrorist Designations Unit in the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the State Department using START data and other open sources. Full Story...

START participates in Risk Communication Conference
START researchers and staff traveled to Atlanta earlier this month to participate in a two-day risk communication conference. The conference aimed to investigate and discuss local preparedness and disaster responses. Full Story...  

Former START fellow discusses why electoral participation matters for peace
According to ongoing research from former START Fellow Aila Matanock, post-conflict elections, as part of negotiated settlements, can serve as commitment devices that may ultimately help end civil conflicts. Full Story…

START researcher to publish book on suicide bombings
START researcher Jeffrey Lewis’ new book, “The Business of Martydrom,” examines the history of suicide bombings and presents explanations for these bombings. Full Story...
 


SIGNIFICANT TERRORISM EVENTS IN THE NEWS
United States: Idaho man pleads not guilty to attempted assassination of Obama
Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to charges resulting from an incident on Nov. 11, 2011. Authorities believe that Ortega-Hernandez used an assault rifle to shoot at the White House from a vehicle. Full Story...
 
Somalia: Al-Shabaab publicly commits to al-Qaida using Twitter
Utilizing the expansive reach of social media, armed Somali militant group al-Shabaab has declared its loyalty and commitment to al-Qaida via Twitter. In the past the two groups supported each other but remained separate entities with independent leadership. Full Story...
 
United Kingdom: Controversy sparked when radial cleric is released on bail
Earlier this month Abu Qatada was released on bail from a U.K. jail pending deportation procedures to Jordan. Abu Qatada has been called a spiritual leader for al-Qaida in Europe and is linked to the 9/11 hijackers through recordings of Qatada’s teachings found among the hijacker’s possessions. Full Story...

Egypt: Multiple kidnappings of foreigners in the Sinai region
A series of kidnappings occurred in the Sinai region of Egypt in the last month. Bedouin tribesmen first kidnapped 25 Chinese workers, then two American tourists, then three Korean women. Full Story...

Philippines: Leader of violent Islamist group killed
Umbra Jumdail, a commander for Abu Sayyaf, was killed in a recent airstrike. Abu Sayyaf is an al-Qaida-linked group known for their use of violence and has carried out attacks such as the 2004 ferry bombing in Manila Bay which killed 116 people. Full Story...

 
APPLY TO START
Terrorism Studies minor application deadline: Feb. 24
START’s Terrorism Studies minor program provides 30 students with the proper education and training needed to further pursue education at the graduate level or professional advancement in fields related to homeland security. Full Story…
 
Undergrads should apply by March 9 for Career Development Program
Through a new Career Development Program funded by the Department of Homeland Security, START will provide tuition stipends to high-achieving University of Maryland undergraduates. Full Story…
 

UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Research Roundtable: Strategic interactions in disaster preparedness
START researcher Jun Zhuang, an expert on industrial engineering, will offer a research roundtable on disaster preparedness and relief in the face of man-made and natural disasters at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27 in Symons Hall, Room 3121. Full Story…
 
Research Roundtable: Policing left wing extremism in India
Terrorism scholar Jyoti Belur will discuss her most recent project “Policing Left Wing Extremism in India” at 12 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 in Symons Hall, Room 3121. Full Story...

Spring into enrichment with new START program
START will host a variety of events this semester for students, faculty and staff interested in counterterrorism policies and national security. Full Story...
 


START IN THE NEWS
 
START research and researchers make headlines
Gary LaFree and Bianca Bersani’s new report on the “Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes in the U.S., 1970-2008” generated coverage in more than 50 news outlets. Within two weeks of its release, the report garnered more than 68,000 page views on START’s website alone. A complete list of START’s media coverage can be found here.
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