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February News: GTD funded through 2019; Resources for veterans; Career opportunities

German FFO funds GTD 

The German Federal Foreign Office (FFO) has awarded START more than $770,000 to support the Global Terrorism Database (GTD), which along with existing funding from other agencies, will allow the GTD team to collect and code 2018-2019 data, develop a new API (application programming interface) and accelerate data collection and delivery. This support will sustain GTD data collection on terrorist attacks that take place through September 2019, preserving and improving the world’s most comprehensive, open-source terrorism database. Read more.

GTD data used to help veterans

START’s Global Terrorism Database (GTD) has been added to the Official Military Activities Report (OMAR), a new tool that supports veterans by expediting the verification process for mental health claims. Pulling from various event datasets of military actions and significant events, OMAR allows Veterans Affairs employees to quickly access data needed to verify veterans’ claims – reducing the claims development process by an average of 60 days. Read more.

START continues to seek opportunities to fund the GTD beyond 2019.

If your organization uses the GTD and would like to explore options to support data collection or purchase a license for commercial use, please contact us atgtd@start.umd.edu. If you are an individual who would like to support the GTD, you may make a gift directly to START through the University of Maryland College Park Foundation (UMCPF). START also welcomes testimonials sent to gtd@start.umd.edufrom individuals and organizations regarding the value of the GTD to ongoing analytical efforts.

How writing helped veteran Ron Capps heal 

START’s Ron Capps is featured in a Terp Magazine article about the Veterans Writing Project, an organization he created to help other veterans and their families process the trauma of war through writing. The Veterans Writing Project provides no-cost creative writing seminars and songwriting workshops for veterans, as well as to service members and their adult family members. Read more.

Crime, Conflict, and the Legitimacy Trade-Off: Explaining Variation in Insurgents’ Participation in Crime
The Journal of Politics
Asal, Victor H., and R. Karl Rethemeyer
The radicalization of the Kanes: family as a primary group influence?
Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict 
Carson, Jennifer Varriale, and Patrick A. James, Tyler A. O’Neal
“Death was not in the agenda for the day”: Emotions, Behavioral Reactions, and Perceptions in Response to the 2018 Hawaii Wireless Emergency Alert
International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
DeYoung, Sarah E., Jeannette N. Sutton, Ashley K. Farmer, David Neal, and Katherine A. Nichols
Motivations to Act for the Protection of Nature Biodiversity and the Environment: A Matter of “Significance”
Environment and Behavior
Molinario, Erica, and Arie W. Kruglanski, et al.
Networks of Cooperation: Rebel Alliances in Fragmented Civil Wars
Journal of Conflict Resolution
Gade, Emily Kalah, and Mohammed M. Hafez, Michael Gabbay, Zane Kelly
NGO Intervention in Jihadist Conflicts: A Closer Look at Afghanistan and Somalia
Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression
Hodwitz, Omi
Discrimination, Genocide, and Politicide
Political Research Quarterly
Uzonyi, Gary, and Victor Asal

START research director ranked among top-rated faculty

Amy Pate, START research director, was among the top-rated faculty in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences based on Fall 2018 undergraduate course evaluations. Pate teaches “Terrorist Motivations and Behaviors” as part of START’s Global Terrorism Minor Program. Read more 

Help inform START research project

A START research team is conducting a short online survey (under 15 minutes) to explore the effects that various incentives could have in an expert's participation in a long-term project identifying chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) technologies of security concern. To participate, please provide your name and email address to START through this webform by March 8.

We're hiring: Senior Researcher 

START is hiring a senior researcher to join its Political Instability, Gray Zone Conflict and Counterterrorism team, which has a diverse array of ongoing research projects relating to political instability broadly defined, gray zone conflict and strategic influence, irregular warfare (namely but not exclusively counterinsurgency and counterterrorism), and preventing/countering violent extremism (P/CVE). Apply by April 1.

We're hiring: Research Assistant, Global Terrorism Database

START is hiring up to three Research Assistants to work on the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) to perform a variety of tasks to assist in the ongoing collection and coding of terrorism event data. Apply by March 23.

Book Talk: Turning to Political Violence: The Emergence of Terrorism
12 p.m. Feb. 26, at START headquarters
Dr. Marc Sageman, forensic psychiatrist and government counterterrorism consultant, will give a presentation on his book, “Turning to Political Violence: The Emergence of Terrorism.”
Register to attend.
Virtual Information Session: START Internships
Feb. 28, Mar. 6, Mar. 25
Eva Coll, START’s experiential education specialist, will discuss how the internship program currently works, what students or recent graduates have to gain from their experience in the program, application requirements, and the projects offered within the center that interns will be working on.
Register to attend.
Lecture: A Tale of Two Caliphates
10:30 a.m. March 7, at START headquarters
In this lecture, START Director William Braniff will compare and contrast al-Qaida and its global movement with the Islamic State and its global movement, examining the implications of this global competition.
Register to attend.
University of Maryland Executive Cybersecurity Summit
April 4 and 5 at The Hotel, University of Maryland
The University of Maryland will be convening the first annual Executive Cybersecurity Summit at The Hotel at Maryland from April 4 and 5. The Summit will be an intensive two-day experience with keynote addresses from industry leaders including Rick Ledgett, Jim Rosenthal, and Curt Dukes. The summit offers a unique, interactive learning opportunity that combines the latest industry research with practical relevance. It will be led by renowned University of Maryland faculty, senior policymakers, and cybersecurity experts.
Register to attend.
DEADLINE: March 1, 2019, Apply for Global Terrorism Minor program
START's Global Terrorism Minor, a cross-disciplinary program housed in UMD's College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, is designed to train the next generation of terrorism analysts, including students who plan to pursue graduate study related to terrorism as well as employment in the federal, state, local, non-profit and/or private sectors. 

DEADLINE: March 17 (priority) for START Summer Internships.



The Washington Post: The 2019 Women’s March was bigger than you think
START researcher Erica Chenoweth co-wrote this blog post about the 2019 Women's March.
CNN: Law enforcement teaches rental car employees how to spot potential attackers in new video
This article on the FBI and Department of Homeland Security training rental car employees on preventing terrorism cites data from the Global Terrorism Database (GTD).
The Atlantic: The Next Parkland Could Happen Anywhere
START Founding Director Gary LaFree and START researcher Martha Crenshaw are quoted in this article on predicting school shootings.
Newsweek: Muslim terror attacks get 357 percent more media coverage than others
START researcher Anthony Lemieux is quoted in this article about a study looking at media coverage of terrorism, which utilized 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 


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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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