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December News: International CVE Symposium; Winter Course; Graduate Certificate Deadline


December News: International CVE Symposium; Winter Course; Graduate Certificate Deadline

December 22, 2020

FEATURED

Register now: International Symposium on Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (ICVE)
The International Symposium on Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (ICVE) in Malaysia and Southeast Asia is a multi-disciplinary symposium from January 12 – 27, 2021, that aims to bring together scholars, researchers, and practitioners from the region and around the world to promote collaboration, present research findings and discuss policy implication on preventing/countering violent extremism.

START’s Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis (Deadline to apply: January 8)
The graduate certificate program provides participants with advanced education on the causes, dynamics and impacts of international and domestic terrorism. Participants also develop the methodological skills necessary to pursue advanced research on and analysis of terrorism. This program is appropriate for both academicians and practitioners and is flexible in structure. Students can complete the program in as few as 12 to 24 months.

Study online with START this winter
START offers fully online summer and winter courses each year which are open to any current degree seeking student or non-degree seeking individual. This winter session, January 4 – 22, 2021, meet START instructors online to learn about "The Rise of the Islamic State."

PUBLICATIONS

Threat, Emboldenment, or Both? The Effects of Political Power on Violent Hate Crimes
Criminology
Dugan, Laura, and Erica Chenoweth
 
A Comparative Study of Initial Involvement in Gangs and Political Extremism
Terrorism and Political Violence
Becker, Michael, and Scott Decker, Gary LaFree, David Pyrooz, Kyle Ernest, Patrick James
 
Reconsidering American Civil-Military Relations: The Military, Society, Politics, and Modern War
Oxford University Press
Beehner, Lionel, and Risa Brooks, Daniel Maurer
 
The Association Between Parent-reported Child Disaster Reactions and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Parent Survivors of Disasters and Terrorism
Annals of Clinical Psychiatry
Pfefferbaum, Betty, and Carol North
 
Counter‐terrorism Policies in the Middle East: Why Democracy Has Failed to Reduce Terrorism in the Middle East and Why Protecting Human Rights Might Be More Successful
Criminology and Public Policy
Morris, Nancy A., and Gary LaFree, Eray Karlidag
 
The Social-Meditated Crisis Communication (SMCC) Model: Identifying the Next Frontier
Advancing Crisis Communication Effectiveness: Integrating Public Relations Scholarship with Practice
Liu, Brooke Fisher, and Yan Jin, Lucinda Austin, Erica Kuligowski, Camila Espina Young

NEWS

Institute for Economics and Peace releases 2020 Global Terrorism Index
Last month, the Global Center on Cooperative Security, the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), the United States Institute of Peace, and the RESOLVE Network in collaboration with the Global Research Network of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, hosted a virtual release event for the eighth edition of the Global Terrorism Index (GTI), an analytical product produced by the IEP based on START’s Global Terrorism Database (GTD).
 
Otto Fiala, expert on Special Operations enterprise, joins START as an affiliate
START recently welcomed Dr. Otto C. Fiala, an expert on near-peer competition and resistance operations, as a research affiliate. Fiala is a task lead, analyst and editor at United States Army Special Operations Command, Sensitive Activities Division, where he engages in research and development of various supporting activities, including support to resistance.
 
START domestic radicalization data replicated by Australian research team
One of START’s domestic radicalization datasets has been replicated in Australia by a research team from the University of Queensland. Professor Adrian Cherney and Senior Research Assistant Emma Belton headed up the team, which modelled the Profiles of Individual Radicalisation in Australia (PIRA) dataset after START's Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States (PIRUS) dataset.
 
UMD Senior Nataliya Stepanova named 2021 Marshall Scholar
Former START and ARLIS intern Nataliya Stepanova has been named one of the 46 Marshall Scholars for 2021. The Marshall Scholarship, which allows American students to pursue graduate study at any university in the United Kingdom, is considered one of the most prestigious academic awards available to college graduates.
 
COVID-19 affecting Bridgewater College student internships
Bridgewater College senior history and political science major Annabell Knapp is currently completing a remote internship with START. Knapp expressed that there are a few challenges that she has faced from working remotely. However, she feels that she is gaining the same necessary skills that she would if she was working in-person.

EVENTS

International Symposium on Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (ICVE) 
January 12 – 27, Online
The International Symposium on Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (ICVE) in Malaysia and Southeast Asia is a multi-disciplinary symposium that aims to bring together scholars, researchers, and practitioners from the region and around the world to promote collaboration, present research findings, and discuss policy implication on preventing/countering violent extremism.
 
Virtual Information Session: Global Terrorism Studies Minor Program (01/28/21)
6 p.m. ET January 28, Online
This information session will be led by START’s Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Thomas Guarrieri and START's Experiential Education Specialist, Eva Coll, who will discuss how the Global Terrorism Studies Minor Program currently works, what students have to gain from their experience in the program, application requirements and any other questions attendees may have.
 
How Did 9/11 Affect Terrorism Research? A Look at Disciplines and Gender
10 a.m. ET February 3, Online
University of Essex Senior Lecturer Dr. Brian J. Phillips will provide a virtual talk on “How Did 9/11 Affect Terrorism Research? A Look at Disciplines and Gender.” In this talk, Phillips will examine why the proportion of female scholars increased substantially after 9/11, outpacing the rise in academia generally.
 
Virtual Information Session: Global Terrorism Studies Minor Program (02/16/21)
6 p.m. ET February 16, Online
This information session will be led by START’s Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Thomas Guarrieri, and START's Experiential Education Specialist, Eva Coll, who will discuss how the Global Terrorism Studies Minor Program currently works, what students have to gain from their experience in the program, application requirements and any other questions attendees may have.

START IN THE NEWS

Foreign Policy: Trump abused U.S. sanctions and failed to get results. Biden can do better.
This article on U.S. transactional diplomacy uses data from the Global Terrorism Database (GTD).
 
NPR: Kyle Rittenhouse, accused in Kenosha, Wis., shooting deaths, is released on bail
START researcher Arie Kruglanski is quoted in this article about the Kenosha, WI shooting.
 
PR Newswire: 2020 Global Terrorism Index: Deaths from terrorism reach five-year low, but new risks emerge
This article discusses the 2020 Global Terrorism Index, a report published by the Institute for Economics and Peace that uses data from the Global Terrorism Database (GTD). 
 
Small Wars Journal: No end in sight for the conflict in Syria: Who are winners and losers?
This article on the conflict in Syria uses data from the Global Terrorism Database (GTD).
 
War Room: Hiding in plain sight: Radicals in the ranks
This podcast episode on radicalization in the United States military uses data from the Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States (PIRUS) dataset.
 
NPR: Right-wing embrace of conspiracy is 'mass radicalization,' experts warn
START researcher Arie Kruglanski is quoted in this article about conspiracy theories among far right extremist organizations.
 
Associated Press: Kenyan man charged with plotting 9/11-style attack on US
START researcher Barnett Koven is interviewed in this piece on a Kenyan man who plotted a 9/11-style attack against the United States.
 
Washington Post: 2020 appears to be a good year for counterterrorism
This opinion piece on terrorism trends in the United States uses data from the Global Terrorism Database (GTD).

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

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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