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May Newsletter: Intra-Salafi Muslim debates on violence; Data integration tools to debut this summer; New summer course offerings

New report explores debates among Salafi Muslims about the use of violence
A new summary report from START identifies and explains religious concepts that are central to debates among Salafi Muslims about whether and when to use violence to attain political ends. Read more.



Exploring the Subculture of Ideologically Motivated Cyber-Attackers
Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
Holt, Thomas J., and Joshua D. Freilich, Steven M. Chermak
Is a picture worth a thousand words? The effects of maps and warning messages on how publics respond to disaster information
Public Relations Review
Liu, Brooke Fisher, and Michele M. Wood, Michael Egnoto, Hamilton Bean, Jeannette Sutton, Dennis Mileti, Stephanie Madden
Tracking Radical Opinions in Polls of U.S. Muslims
Perspectives on Terrorism
Fajmonova, Veroniká, and Sophia Moskalenko, Clark McCauley
Monolithic Religious Markets, Fragmented State Structures, and Islamic Fundamentalism among Iranians and across the Middle East and North Africa
International Review of Development Studies
Moaddel, Mansoor


START team will debut new data integration tools at annual APSA conference
In preparation for the American Political Science Association 2017 annual meeting, on Wednesday, Aug. 3, a team of START researchers will debut two innovative software tools—geomerge and MELTT—that implement best practices for spatial data integration, and teach a short course introducing participants to the tools through hands-on exercises using illustrative datasets and code. Read more.
Five START students earn competitive Boren Scholarships
For the sixth consecutive year, University of Maryland undergraduate students won more Boren Scholarships than students from any other university in the United States. Five of the 11 UMD students selected this year have participated in START’s flagship internship program. Read more.
UMD students aim to minimize bystander effect in radicalization
Focusing on empowering bystanders to intervene and support individuals at risk of radicalizing, an innovative group of START minor students developed a social media campaign called “It Takes Just One.” Spurred by the Peer to Peer (P2P): Challenging Extremism initiative, the students also created a video game that will launch later this month. Read more.
New 'FIRE chief' aims to empower students through research
With more than six years of research and teaching experience at the university level, Dr. Emina Herović is no stranger to higher education, but she recently found a new way to explore her long-held interests. Earlier this year, she took the reins of START’s First-Year Innovation and Research Experience (FIRE) stream in Risk Communication and Resilience (RCR), a highly competitive University of Maryland program designed to provide first-year students with inquiry-based experiences and broad personal and academic mentorship. Read more.
START expands summer online course offerings
To meet a growing interest, START has expanded its online summer course offerings this year. Undergraduate and graduate students now have the opportunity to enroll in five courses with topics ranging from terrorist financing and terrorist hostage taking, to shooting spree killers and terrorist propaganda. The courses are offered to students from any university through the University of Maryland Office of Extended Studies and can be enrolled in through June 5Read more.


“Violent Extremism in the United States & Worldwide Patterns of Terrorism,” lecture by Gary LaFree for the Homeland Security Symposium Series funded by the Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology, Office of University Programs through the Border, Trade, and Immigration Institute
1 p.m. June 1 at the University of Texas at El Paso Blumberg Auditorium (RSVP by May 23)
Online information session: START Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis
6 p.m. June 7June 28, online


START undergraduate and graduate student fall internships Apply by June 16
START summer online courses on Terrorist Financing; Extremist Propaganda; School Shooters and Spree Killers; Terrorist Hostage Taking Apply now
Project on Advanced Security Concepts for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (PASCC) Call for Papers Submit by June 15


Community-led Action in Response to Violent Extremism (CARVE)
Through a new self-paced, online training, practitioners and civic actors including law enforcement officers, school officials and community leaders can gain a better understanding of radicalization to violence and violent extremism in the United States. Made available at no cost to learners, thanks to funding from the Department of Homeland Security, the course will also introduce a broad spectrum of community-led activities intended to foster resilience and counter violent extremism. Learn more and register here.
Using the Global Terrorism Database online training. Learn more and register here
The Terror-Crime Nexus & Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Threats online course. Register now.
Understanding Terrorism and the Terrorist Threat online open course is now on demand. Participate now.
Free online short series of video lectures on “Core Capabilities and Potential Durability of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).” View now.


Using an Analysis of Competing Hypotheses (ACH) methodology to assess implications of the “travel ban” by Sally Barth, Megan Rutter, Steve Hoodjer and Nolan Quinn
Uncovering Crossroads between Risk Communications and Political Science by Tegan George


Small Wars Journal: Reclaiming strategic initiatives in the not-so-gray zone – Winning big conflicts inside small ones
This article from the Small Wars Journal mentions a simulation on gray zones run by the ICONS team at START. Read more.
Associated Press: Bosnia to Pakistan to prison – ex-fighter reflects on life
This Associated Press article about an ex-fighter from Bosnia quotes START researcher Michael Jensen. Read more.
BBC: From Eta to Stockholm – Is terror more of a threat to Europe than before?
The definition of terrorism as listed in START's Global Terrorism Database is mentioned in this article from the BBC about terrorism in Europe. Read more.
The Weekly Standard: State Department report sheds more light on Syria’s chemical weapons
START senior researcher Markus Binder is quoted in this article from the Weekly Standard about Syria’s chemical weapons. Read more.
Sinclair Broadcast Group: Terror worries, nearly one week after church bombings
START executive director William Braniff is quoted in this Sinclair Broadcast Group article about Palm Sunday church bombings in Egypt. Read more.

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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