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

START Annual Meeting Research Presentations available online

START researchers from around the country gathered with students, scholars and government representatives to discuss their ongoing and recently completed research. The forum provided an opportunity to present in both short form (Quick Fires) and long form (Research Showcases). Slides from those presentations are below. 

To learn more about any of the projects or findings, contact the researchers through their START page which can be found through All Affiliated Researchers here

Research Showcases:


Countering Violent Extremism

Lone Actors

Research Quick Fires (single slides)

Session One, containing slides on the following projects:

  • Using Experimental Research to Study the Dynamics of Radicalization, Terrorism and Counterterrorism presented by Victor Asal
  • Recruitment and Radicalization Among U.S. Far-Right Terrorists presented by Pete Simi
  • Insider Threat for Inbound International Air Cargo presented by Herbert Tinsley
  • Organizational Determinants of Violence and Performance presented by Gina Ligon
  • Big, Allied And Dangerous (BAAD) Database presented by R. Karl Rethemeyer
  • Validating Models of Adversary Behavior presented by Jun Zhuang
  • Attitudes within American Subcultures presented by Clark McCauley
  • Terrorist Behavior and Societal Tolerance of Violence presented by William Braniff on behalf of Risa Brooks
  • One God for All? Fundamentalism and Group Radicalization presented by Nil Satana

Session Two, containing slides on the following projects:

  • U.S. Attitudes towards Terrorism and Counterterrorism presented by Gary LaFree
  • Social, Behavioral, Cultural, and Economic (SBCE) Impacts on Terrorist Activity presented by Gary LaFree
  • Terrorist Attacks on the Homeland presented by Erin Miller
  • Global Terrorism Database: Collection and Coding presented by Erin Miller
  • U.S. Crime-Terror Nexus: Terrorist Networks and Trade Diversion presented by Josh Freilich
  • Failure Points in Smuggling Networks presented by Brandon Behlendorf
  • Countering the Inhumane: Modeling Probable Pathways for Human Trafficking Along the U.S.-Mexico Border presented by Brandon Behlendorf

Session Three, containing slides on the following projects:

  • Countering Boko Haram presented by Amy Pate
  • Social Media Use during Disasters presented by Brooke Liu
  • Mobile Radiation Detectors: Threat Perception and Device Acceptance presented by Elizabeth Petrun
  • RN Adversaries Future Project presented by John Sawyer
  • Modeling Adversary Decisions and Strategic Response presented by Hamid Mohtadi
  • Consensus for Informing Decision-making in the Biothreat Characterization Program presented by Crystal Boddie
  • Countering Radicalization of CBRN Scientists presented by Cory Davenport
  • Anatomizing Chemical and Biological Non-State Adversaries presented by Markus Binder
  • Organized and/or Transnational Criminal Cartel Nexus with Illicit Radiological/Nuclear (RN) Trade, Smuggling and/or Terrorism in Europe and North, Sahelian and West Africa presented by Steve Sin
  • Terrorist Attributes to Network Connections presented by Markus Binder
  • RND Capability Development Framework Mapping presented by John Sawyer
  • Integration of International Architecture Analysis presented by Emily Iarocci