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Project Title Investigators Project Period
Resources and Resilience: A Computational Model of Strategic Influence Tony Rivera January, 2018 to June, 2018
Violent Non-state Actors and Contested Space Operations Amy Pate, Barnett S. Koven August, 2017 to April, 2018
Comparing Failed, Foiled, Completed and Successful Terrorist Attacks Erik Dahl, Margaret Wilson, Martha Crenshaw July, 2012 to December, 2017
Social, Behavioral, Cultural, and Economic (SBCE) Impacts on Terrorist Activity Gary LaFree, Laura Dugan July, 2012 to December, 2017
Shadows of Violence: Empirical Assessments of Threats, Coercion and Gray Zones Amy Pate, Barnett S. Koven July, 2016 to June, 2017
Anti-Terrorism Assistance Programs William Braniff June, 2016 to May, 2017
Geospatial Analysis of Terror Finance Marcus A. Boyd July, 2015 to July, 2016
Drivers of Conflict and Convergence in China-U.S. Relations in a Global Context Amy Pate, John Stevenson March, 2014 to March, 2015
Building a Unified Infrastructure for Data Integration on Political Violence and Conflict Brandon Behlendorf, Gary LaFree January, 2013 to August, 2014
Anatomizing Radiological and Nuclear Non-State Adversaries Gary Ackerman, Jeffrey Bale, R. Karl Rethemeyer June, 2012 to January, 2014
Validating Models of Adversary Behavior Jun Zhuang July, 2012 to December, 2013
Border Crossings and Terrorist Attacks in the United States: Lessons for Protecting Against Dangerous Entrants Brent Smith, Erin Miller, Gary LaFree, Kathleen Smarick March, 2010 to August, 2012
Global Terrorism Database: Collection and Coding Erin Miller, Gary LaFree, Laura Dugan June, 2008 to December, 2011
Effectiveness of Counterterrorism Strategies Martha Crenshaw June, 2008 to November, 2011
Assessing Success and Failure in Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Development of Metrics on the Global War on Terror and the Global Jihad Rashmi Singh June, 2008 to October, 2011
Behavioral Assessments Based on Automated Text Analyses James Pennebaker November, 2008 to May, 2010
The Effects of Terrorism on Police Organization, Police Effectiveness in Crime Fighting and Public Expectations of and Attitudes toward the Police: A Multi-method Study of the Israeli Experience David Weisburd January, 2006 to May, 2009
Project Title Publication Date START Authors Publication Type
A Contested Threat: The Politics of Security Collaboration for Combating Terrorism November 2008 Chenoweth, Erica Book Chapter
Autocracies and Terrorism: Conditioning Effects of Authoritarian Regime-Type on Terrorist Attacks October 2013 Piazza, James A. Journal Article
Broadening the Discussion about Women and Violent Extremism June 2015 Szmania, Susan Discussion Point
Characteristics of Terrorism Hotspots August 2015 Piazza, James A. Journal Article
Civil Resistance: Reflections on an Idea Whose Time Has Come July 2014 Chenoweth, Erica Journal Article
Countering Nuclear and Radiological Materials Illicit Trafficking Through Maritime Security Initiatives: Paper Tiger or Concrete Solution? A Case Study May 2015 Sin, Steve Conference Paper
Countering Terrorism: No Simple Solutions January 2017 LaFree, Gary; Crenshaw, Martha Book
Countering the Inhumane: Modeling Probable Pathways for Human Smuggling and Trafficking Along the U.S.-Mexico Border May 2015 Behlendorf, Brandon; Zhuang, Jun; Johns, Mila Research Brief
Country Reports on Terrorism 2013: Annex of Statistical Information May 2014 Miller, Erin; LaFree, Gary Report
Defining and Understanding the Jihadi-Salafi Movement June 2014 Karagiannis, Emmanuel Journal Article
Democracy, Foreign Policy, and Terrorism December 2009 Phillips, Brian
Democracy, Inclusion and Failure in Counterinsurgency April 2016 Deloughery, Kathleen; Sin, Steve; Asal, Victor Journal Article
Deradicalizing Detained Terrorists May 2017 Kruglanski, Arie; Gelfand, Michele Journal Article
Discursive Practices of Honor: Rethinking Iran’s Nuclear Program July 2016 Rivera, Tony Journal Article
Discussion Point: The Benefits and Drawbacks of Methodological Advancements in Data Collection and Coding: Insights from the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) November 2013 Jensen, Michael Discussion Point
Do Democracy and Free Markets Protect Us from Terrorism? January 2008 Piazza, James A. Journal Article
Ethnic Groups, Political Exclusion and Domestic Terrorism December 2014 Piazza, James A. Journal Article
Evolution of Global Terrorism: The Growing Lethality of Attacks January 2018 LaFree, Gary; Dugan, Laura Book Chapter
Explaining Terrorism: Causes, Processes and Consequences September 2013 Crenshaw, Martha Book
Foreign Military Interventions and Suicide Attacks March 2015 Piazza, James A. Journal Article
Games Rivals Play: International Terrorism in Rivalries January 2012 Piazza, James A.; Young, Joseph Journal Article
Geospatial Analysis of Terror Finance December 2017 Boyd, Marcus A. Research Brief
Gray Zone Crises in MENA and Eastern Europe March 2017 Ellis, Devin; Murauskaite, Egle; Wilkenfeld, Jonathan; Capps, Ron Research Brief
Hezbollah's Global Tentacles: A Relational Approach to Convergence with Transnational Organised Crime November 2015 Leuprecht, Christian Journal Article
Incubators of Terror: Do Failed and Failing States Promote Transnational Terrorism? September 2008 Piazza, James A. Journal Article
Insurgency BAAD: Dynamics of Terrorism and Counterterrorism Campaigns October 2015 Young, Joseph; Rethemeyer, R. Karl; Asal, Victor Research Brief
Islamic Politics, Muslim States, and Counterterrorism Tensions March 2017 Book
Just Between Friends: Bilateral Cooperation and Bounded Sovereignty in the 'Global War on Terror October 2009 Biswas, Bidisha Journal Article
Links Between Terrorism and Migration: An Exploration May 2016 Schmid, Alex Journal Article
Maritime Security Initiatives: A Paper Tiger or a Concrete Solution? November 2016 Sin, Steve Journal Article
Mass-Fatality, Coordinated Attacks Worldwide, and Terrorism in France November 2015 Miller, Erin Background Report
Measuring Success and Failure in Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism – U.S. Government Metrics and the Global War on Terror November 2009 Schmid, Alex; Singh, Rashmi Book Chapter
Micro Big Data and Geosimulation April 2015 Conference Paper
Myth and Reality in International Politics: Meeting Global Challenges through Collective Action September 2015 Wilkenfeld, Jonathan Book
Oil and Terrorism: An Investigation of Mediators December 2016 Piazza, James A. Journal Article
Opening Yourself Up: The Role of External and Internal Transparency in Terrorism Attacks September 2014 Piazza, James A. Journal Article
Peace and Conflict 2014 April 2014 Wilkenfeld, Jonathan; Huth, Paul Book
Perspectives on Political and Social Regional Stability Impacted by Global Crises -- A Social Science Context January 2010 Asal, Victor Report
Piracy and Counter-Piracy Cooperation in Southeast Asia (2000-2014) July 2015 Tippin, Garett; Stevenson, John Research Brief
Protecting Global Cities: New York, London and the Internationalization of Municipal Policing for Counter Terrorism July 2007 Journal Article
Radical Right Cross-National Links and International Cooperation January 2018 Caiani, Manuela Book Chapter
Radiological/Nuclear Detection Capability Development Framework Mapping Tool March 2016 Boyd, Marcus; Sin, Steve Project Fact Sheet
Recent U.S. Thinking about Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Babysteps towards a Dynamic View of Asymmetric Conflict September 2010 McCauley, Clark; Moskalenko, Sophia Journal Article
Regime Age and Terrorism: Are New Democracies Prone to Terrorism? January 2013 Piazza, James A. Journal Article
Regime Types and Terrorism June 2017 Piazza, James A. Journal Article
Regional variation in causes of injuries among terrorism victims for mass casualty events August 2015 Regens, James Journal Article
Repression and Terrorism: A Cross-National Empirical Analysis of Types of Repression and Domestic Terrorism February 2015 Piazza, James A. Journal Article
Rethinking Alternative Development December 2015 Koven, Barnett S. Journal Article
Risk-Mitigating Policies and Adversarial Behavior: Case of Backlash June 2016 Mohtadi, Hamid Journal Article
Russian Clients and Global Foreign Policy Strategy: Evidence from Foreign Military Sales August 2015 Tippin, Garett; Stevenson, John Report
Scanning the Consequences of Demographic Change for the Emerging Landscape February 2016 Leuprecht, Christian Book Chapter
Security Screening Queues with Impatient Applicants: A New Model with A Case Study August 2017 Zhuang, Jun Journal Article
Shifting Eastern Mediterranean Alliances March 2016 Karagiannis, Emmanuel Journal Article
Slipstreaming Human Geosimulation in Virtual Geographic Environments February 2015 Journal Article
SOF Operational Design and Strategic Education for the 21st Century Warrior-Scholar June 2017 Rivera, Tony Journal Article
Spatial Distribution of Minority Communities and Terrorism July 2016 Arva, Bryan; Piazza, James A. Journal Article
States and Peoples in Conflict: Transformations of Conflict Studies April 2017 Lichbach, Mark Book
Terrorism and Global Security November 2006 Book Chapter
Terrorism and the Olympics: Sochi, Russia 2014 January 2014 Miller, Erin Background Report
Terrorism Studies is not a Sub-Discipline October 2012 Discussion Point
The Future of Terrorism Research: A Review Essay May 2014 Gruenewald, Jeffrey; Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven Journal Article
The Illicit Drug Trade, Counternarcotics Strategies and Terrorism December 2011 Piazza, James A. Journal Article
The Influence of Nationalism on Russian Security Policy: The Logics of (Dis)-Order and Terrorism in the Shift from Nation-State to Nation-Civilization October 2015 Stevenson, John Report
The Politics of Collective Action: Security Collaboration for Combating Terrorism November 2007 Chenoweth, Erica Book Chapter
The Trust Paradox in Nuclear Smuggling December 2015 Murauskaite, Egle Journal Article
Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) Process: Assessing RN Threat Inclusion March 2016 Spalding, Sarah; Sin, Steve; Sell, Tara Research Brief
Towards Global Jihadism: Al-Qaeda's Strategic, Ideological and Structural Adaptations since 9/11 June 2012 Moghadam, Assaf; Braniff, William Journal Article
Transnational Illicit Trafficking (TransIT) Geospatial Tool March 2016 Boyd, Marcus; Sin, Steve Project Fact Sheet
Transnational Illicit Trafficking (TransIT) Geospatial Tool: Project Fact Sheet September 2013 Sawyer, John; Bluestone, Ruth Project Fact Sheet
Transnational Terror and Human Rights March 2009 Piazza, James A. Journal Article
Types of Minority Discrimination and Terrorism November 2012 Piazza, James A. Journal Article
Western Muslims Volunteering to fight in Syria and Iraq: Why do they go, and what should we do? July 2015 McCauley, Clark; Moskalenko, Sophia Journal Article
When Will Russia Use Force in Support of Foreign Policy Objectives? Comparative Evidence from the Ukrainian (2014) and Georgia (2008) Crises February 2016 Stevenson, John Report
Who Tortures the Terrorists? Transnational Terrorism and Military Torture October 2014 Piazza, James A. Journal Article
LUCAS lab director joins START
Analyzing peace and civil conflict
Wilkenfeld Discusses “International Negotiation in a Complex World”
The Audacity of Hype: Why International Cooperation will easily defeat Piracy in Southeast Asia
Discussion Point: Insider Threat in the Aviation Industry
START Hosts Delegation of CVE Experts from Middle East
Dr. Erica Chenoweth: Global thinker, peace researcher
Rassler delves into the intricacies of the Haqqani Nexus
START reaches out to dozens of middle and high schoolers
Terrorism and the Olympics: Sochi, Russia 2014
Despite fewer attacks in Western world, global terrorism increasing
From carpentry to communication
START study examines U.S. attitudes, beliefs before and after the Boston Marathon bombings
FTO Designation: Boko Haram and Ansaru
START Newsletter: Intelligence and security; perspectives on terrorism; Hezbollah; 'big data' and coding
START seeking 2014 Outstanding Article Award nominations
START aims to strengthen defense capabilities against WMD-seeking terrorists
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Hourly Research Assistant, Failure Points in Smuggling Networks
New journal is a resource for Global Terrorism Research
START hosts expert panel and career symposium on innovation in homeland security
START students take advantage of exclusive CIA opportunity
Borders Case Study Project- Paid Internship
The Federal Semester Program: Homeland Security Policy is Now Accepting Applications
Research Internships Available for Fall 2007 at the University of Maryland
START Announces Fellowships for 2005-06
Image Title Job Title Institution
Alex Gallo

National Security Practitioner in Residence, START

Senior Associate, Combating Terrorism Center, West Point


University of Maryland
Amy Pate Amy Pate

Research Director, START

University of Maryland
Photo of Barnett Koven Barnett S. Koven

Senior Researcher, START

Affiliated Scholar, The Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy at Florida International University

University of Maryland
Bidisha Biswas


Western Washington University
Christian Leuprecht


Royal Military College
Cory Davenport Cory Davenport

Senior Researcher, START

University of Maryland
Daniella Fridl Daniella Fridl

Former Assistant Research Director, START

University of Maryland
David E. Cunningham

Associate Professor/Senior Researcher - Peace Research Institute Oslo

University of Maryland
Devin Ellis

Policy & Research Program Director, ICONS Project

University of Maryland
Egle Murauskaite

Senior Researcher & Simulation Developer, ICONS Project, START

University of Maryland
Emmanuel Karagiannis Emmanuel Karagiannis

Senior Lecturer of International Relations

King's College
Erica Chenoweth Erica Chenoweth

Associate Professor of International Studies

University of Denver
Erin MIller Erin Miller

GTD Program Manager, START

University of Maryland
Gary Ackerman Gary Ackerman

Director, Unconventional Weapons and Technology Division, START

University of Maryland
Gary LaFree

Director, START; Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

University of Maryland
Hamilton Bean Hamilton Bean

Assistant Professor

University of Colorado Denver
Ingrid Schulz

Faculty Research Assistant

University of Maryland
James A. Piazza

Liberal Arts Professor of Political Science

Pennsylvania State University
James Halverson

Researcher, START

University of Maryland
Jeremy Backstrom

Faculty Research Assistant, Global Terrorism Database

University of Maryland
Dr. John Stevenson, START John Stevenson

Senior Researcher, START

University of Maryland
Joseph Young Joseph Young

Associate Professor of Public Affairs

American University
Karina Panyan

Research Assistant, Global Terrorism Database (GTD), START

University of Maryland
Lyubov Mincheva

Executive Director, Graduate Program in International Relations and Security Studies

University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Max Erdemandi

Project Manager & Researcher

University of Maryland
Michael Jensen Michael Jensen

Senior Researcher, START

University of Maryland
Mila Jonns Mila Johns


Nil Satana

Visiting Associate Professor

University of Maryland
Peter Weinberger Peter Weinberger

Senior Researcher, START

University of Maryland
Rashmi Singh Rashmi Singh

Associate Professor

The Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais
Roberta Belli

Security Information Analyst, United Nations Department of Safety and Security

United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS)
Sarah Spalding Sarah Spalding

Researcher/Analyst, START

University of Maryland
Sharad Joshi

Assistant Professor, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Associate Fellow of International Security, Chatham House

Monterey Institute of International Studies
Sheehan Kane

Faculty Research Assistant, START

University of Maryland
Steve Sin

Senior Researcher, START

Subject Matter Expert Instructor, National Center for Security & Preparedness

University of Maryland
Thomas Guarrieri

Senior Researcher, Unconventional Weapons & Technology (UWT) Division, START

University of Maryland
Tony Rivera

Director and Lead Scientist of the Strategic Influence Initiative

University of Maryland
Victor Asal

Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of Public Administration

University at Albany, State University of New York
Imange of William Braniff William Braniff

Executive Director, START

Professor of the Practice, University of Maryland

Editorial Board, International Centre for Counter-Terrorism - The Hague

University of Maryland
Will Kammerer William Kammerer

Senior Faculty Specialist, START

University of Maryland
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GTD Global Terrorism Database (GTD)
NuFAD Nuclear Facility Attack Database
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