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April Newsletter: Education and Career Opportunities

A Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence led by the University of Maryland

START launches Leiden-UMD dual Ph.D./Graduate Certificate program
START is now accepting applications for the pilot program of its new Leiden-UMD dual Ph.D./graduate certificate program, a collaboration between Leiden University in the Hague's Dual PhD Centre and the University of Maryland’s Graduate Certificate Program in Terrorism Analysis. Catered to the career trajectories of working professionals, the program is seeking candidates for Fall 2018 matriculation with a master’s degree, strong professional qualifications and an idea for research they would like to pursue.
Join our team
START is looking for new team members to support both research and administrative functions at our University of Maryland Headquarters, including:
New training course: Coalition-Building for CVE and Community Resilience
START has launched a new training course, Coalition Building for CVE and Community Resilience, which provides community-focused, multi-disciplinary and rigorously-researched instruction on countering violent extremism. The two-day, in-person course offers an opportunity for participants to develop a community-oriented plan for building partnerships and coalitions to address violent extremism and promote community resilience. Participants will be guided through designing a work plan for a multi-member CVE coalition that will assist in the implementation of CVE efforts at a local level. Read more and register.
View the agenda and register for the COE Summit 2018
Are you looking for an event that brings together subject matter experts, homeland security leadership, end-users and industry to discuss research and development to protect the homeland? The Department of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence have done just that with this year’s DHS COE Summit. This Centers of Excellence (COE)-organized event is a unique opportunity for COE researchers, DHS components, federal, state, and local stakeholders, as well as industry partners, to connect, network and address key issues of mutual interest. The summit aims to:
  • Provide subject matter experts to discuss current and future homeland security challenges
  • Showcase innovative R&D tools and solutions to homeland security challenges
  • Facilitate collaboration among DHS COE researchers, homeland security enterprise leadership and component end-users and industry participants
  • Provide avenues to accelerate the transition from R&D to reality for those who protect the homeland

The summit will be held at George Mason University’s Arlington Campus. Registration and additional information about the COE Summit 2018 is available online at https://cina.gmu.edu/coe-summit-2018/.

The Paradox of Source Credibility in Canadian and U.S. Domestic Counterterrorism Communications
International Journal of Communication
Belanger, Patrick and Susan Szmania

Economic Integration and Political Reconciliation in Iraq
Center for American Progress
Henne, Peter
Radicalization to Violence: A Pathway Approach to Studying Extremism
Terrorism and Political Violence
Jensen, Michael A., Anita Atwell Seate, and Patrick A. James

Violence in Peru
Violence in the Americas (Rowman & Littlefield)
Koven, Barnett S. and Cynthia McClintock


Washington Post: How to make sense of our collapsing global order
START researcher Erica Chenoweth is mentioned in this Washington Post analysis of the structure of global order.
Psychology Today: The Cycle of Violence
Data from START's 2014 Annex of Statistical Information is used in this Psychology Today article about the cycle and patterns of violence seen around the world. 
Der Tagesspiegel: Held über Nacht
START Researcher Arie Kruglanski is quoted in this German newspaper article about why terrorists commit attacks.
The National Post: Is Sikh extremism really active in Canada?
Research by START Researchers Clark McCauley and Sophia Moskalenko is referenced in this article about the threat of Sikh extremism in Canada.
This is a selection of news clips from the past month.
A complete list of START’s media coverage can be found


Help Support START Research and Education
The START Consortium is dedicated to generating knowledge of the human causes and consequences of terrorism. Applying rigorous standards to both research and education, START seeks to illuminate one of the most highly politicized and understudied phenomena in the social sciences for students, practitioners and policy-makers. Funded primarily through research grants to date, START is seeking to generate an endowment that will provide the flexibility and autonomy to ensure that it can continue to serve as an objective source of data and empirically based analysis into the future.  To donate, or for more information, please click here.

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