A consortium of researchers dedicated to improving the understanding of the human causes and consequences of terrorism

No simple solutions for counterterrorism

LaFree and Crenshaw book talk Feb. 23

START researchers and internationally renowned experts in terrorism studies, Gary LaFree and Martha Crenshaw, will give a talk on their new book, “Countering Terrorism,” 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23,  in the Margaret Brent Room of the University of Maryland Stamp Student Union. The book talk is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are appreciated as refreshments will be served.

The National Counterterrorism Center’s Todd Veazie, a former Navy SEAL, will provide opening remarks for the event which will highlight the unique challenges of drafting counterterrorism policies.

LaFree and Crenshaw will explain why there is no simple solution to the threat of terrorism: the foes are multiple and often amorphous; the study of the field dogged by disagreement on basic definitional and methodological issues; and the creation of policy hobbled by an exacting standard – that counterterrorism must succeed all the time, the terrorist only once.

Crenshaw is a senior fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, as well as professor of political science at Stanford University and a professor of government emerita at Wesleyan University.

In addition to serving as the director of START, Dr. LaFree is a professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Maryland. He is also the past president of the American Society of Criminology, a member of the Attorney General’s Science Advisory Board, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Law and Justice.

"Countering Terrorism" is now available for purchase on Brookings and Amazon.