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Leadership in Violent Extremist Organizations

Leadership in Violent Extremist Organizations

Project Title Investigators Project Period
Modeling the Emergence of Leaders in Self-Organizing Social Networks Nina Fefferman July, 2016 to July, 2017
Shadows of Violence: Empirical Assessments of Threats, Coercion and Gray Zones Amy Pate, Barnett S. Koven July, 2016 to June, 2017
Terrorist and Extremist Organizations (TEO) Database Jonathan Wilkenfeld, R. Karl Rethemeyer July, 2012 to December, 2016
Developing a Typology of Terrorism Involvement: A Basis for Sentencing, Management, Risk Reduction, Release & Monitoring of Terrorist Offenders July, 2012 to December, 2015
Countering Jihadist Ideology among Detainees: The Effects and Effectiveness of De-Radicalization Programs Arie Kruglanski, Michele Gelfand June, 2009 to December, 2011
Behavioral Assessments Based on Automated Text Analyses James Pennebaker November, 2008 to May, 2010
Patterns of Radicalization in Political Activism Donatella della Porta June, 2008 to December, 2009
Al-Qa'ida Transcript Coding Project Deborah Cai June, 2006 to May, 2009
Content Analysis of al-Qaida Statements Deborah Cai June, 2006 to May, 2009
Project Title Publication Date START Authors Publication Type
A Tale of Two Caliphates: Al-Qaida and its Associated Movement vs. the Islamic State and its Associated Movement September 2015 Braniff, William Presentation
Big Allied and Dangerous (BAAD) September 2013 Rethemeyer, R. Karl; Asal, Victor Project Fact Sheet
Continuity and Change in the Operational Dynamics of the Islamic State December 2016 Regens, James Journal Article
Continuity and Change in the Operational Dynamics of the Islamic State December 2016 Regens, James Journal Article
Do Targeted Killings Increase or Decrease Terrorism? Evaluating the Evidence and Other Considerations January 2017 Gruenewald, Jeff Journal Article
How Does Leadership Decapitation Affect Violence? The Case of Drug Trafficking Organizations in Mexico April 2015 Phillips, Brian Journal Article
Morality, Efficacy, and Targeted Assassination as a Policy Tool January 2017 Young, Joseph Journal Article
Operational Dynamics of Boko Haram's Terrorist Campaign Following Leadership Succession February 2016 Regens, James Journal Article
Putting the “ O ” in VEOs: What makes an organization? July 2013 Ligon, Gina Scott; Simi, Peter Journal Article
Quantifying and Qualifying Charisma: A Theoretical Framework for Measuring the Presence of Charismatic Authority in Terrorist Groups May 2015 Hofmann, David Journal Article
The Organization and Leadership of Violence August 2013 Ligon, Gina Scott Research Brief
The Organizational Dynamics of Far-Right Hate Groups in the United States: Comparing Violent to Nonviolent Organizations February 2013 Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven Journal Article
The War Within: A Look Inside al-Qaeda's Undoing August 2016 Brachman, Jarret Book
VEO Level Decision Making May 2015 Ligon, Gina Scott White Paper
Image Title Job Title Institution
Alex Gallo

National Security Practitioner in Residence, START

Senior Associate, Combating Terrorism Center, West Point


University of Maryland
Andrew Godard Andrew Godard

Project Manager/Researcher, 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
Brandon Behlendorf Brandon Behlendorf

Assistant Director for Research Development/Senior Researcher, START

University of Maryland
David Hofmann David Hofmann

Assistant Professor of Sociology/Criminology

Senior Research Affiliate – The Canadian Network of Research on Terrorism, Security, and Society (TSAS)

SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Devin Ellis

Policy & Research Program Director, ICONS Project

University of Maryland
Gary Ackerman Gary Ackerman

Director, Unconventional Weapons and Technology Division, START

University of Maryland
Gina Scott Ligon Gina Scott Ligon

Associate Professor of Management and Director of R&D at the Center for Collaboration Science

University of Nebraska Omaha
Joyce Rasing

Graduate Education Program Coordinator, START

University of Maryland
Lyubov Mincheva

Executive Director, Graduate Program in International Relations and Security Studies

University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Michael Jensen Michael Jensen

Senior Researcher, START

University of Maryland
Nil Satana

Visiting Associate Professor

University of Maryland
Thomas Guarrieri

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

University of Maryland
Victor Asal

Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of Public Administration

University at Albany, State University of New York
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