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START News: Energy-related terrorist attacks; Financial crimes of far-right extremists; Focusing on community safety as CVE

Newsletter highlights

Energy- and Mining-related Terrorist Attacks, 1970-2014
New analysis from START details the prevalence and characteristics of terrorist attacks and the perpetrators of attacks on energy- and mining-related targets from 1970 through 2014. Read more.
Financial Crimes Perpetrated by Far-Right Extremists
In an analysis of financial crime data from the Extremist Crime Database, START researchers found that far-right political or religious extremists in the United States engaged in various types of financial crimes, mostly tax avoidance, and were largely affiliated with the sovereign citizen movement. Read more.
Reframing CVE as a Multidisciplinary Approach to Promoting Community Safety
A new research brief from START explores various approaches to countering violent extremism, suggesting that the United States should move beyond a criminal justice approach and to one that promotes community safety above all. The findings are based on a participatory research conference organized by START and supported by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s Office of University Programs. Read more.


Broadening the Discussion about Women and Violent Extremism
In this editorial piece, START Researcher Susan Szmania outlines three areas where we can broaden our understanding about women and extremism and move beyond simply seeing women as peacemakers. Read more.

Leaving the World of Hate: Life-Course Transitions and Self-Change
American Behavioral Scientist
Bubolz, Bryan F. and Pete Simi

Criminology, Terrorism and Serendipity
Envisioning Criminology
LaFree, Gary

Lethal Brands: How VEOs Build Reputations
Journal of Strategic Security
Ligon, Gina Scott, and Mackenzie Harms, Douglas C. Derrick

Structural Differences of Violent Extremist Offenders in Correctional Settings
Global Crime
Skillicorn, D.B., and C. Leuprecht, Y. Stys and R. Gobeil

TRACC off to a strong START
This month, START held the first of two summer sessions being offered for its Training in Risk and Crisis Communication program. The interactive, in-person training event, accredited by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and funded by the Department of Homeland Security, aims to improve community resilience through practitioner training. Read more or Register to attend July 18-19.
GTD 2014 data released
The Global Terrorism Database, which is updated annually, now includes data on events that occurred through December 2014. In addition, the GTD team continually works to improve the data on earlier attacks. Read more or Download the data.
Australian students participate in international ‘study tour’ at START
The program marks the first time that START has invited students from abroad to participate in an international study program, and was designed to develop students’ academic and career knowledge by connecting Australia’s next generation of security professionals with START researchers and other U.S. experts. Read more.
START’s summer interns hail from across the nation— and across the Atlantic
As the Maryland weather heats up, START’s newest interns are rolling up their sleeves to begin work on their respective projects. The START summer internship program had 306 applicants, the highest number of candidates in the program’s history. Read more.
Psychology, sociology background pave the way for intern’s foray into terrorism studies
When Rory Fischer looks at a terrorism incident, she doesn’t just see a weapon, or a number of fatalities. Fischer also sees the potential to explore an extremist’s psychology. Read more.
START provides data to State Department
START researchers provided the statistical annex for the 2014 Country Reports on Terrorism released earlier this month. Read more.
Criminological concepts and empirical studies of terrorism
A new book edited by Gary LaFree and Joshua Freilich aims to apply criminological perspectives to the study of terrorism. Read more.


Train with TRACC
Crisis communication demands are instant and can extend 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Preparing for effective communication is essential to enhancing public safety, maintaining trust among stakeholders, and increasing community resilience. TRACC, a social science-based curriculum funded by the Department of Homeland Security S&T Resilient Systems Division, covers risk communication during the entire life-cycle of a crisis including preparation, response, and recovery. TRACC is an interactive, in-person training event that aims to enhance participants’ abilities to conduct audience analysis, analyze and engage audiences online, and leverage new and traditional media in a crisis. Register now for July 18-19.


An Introduction to Risk Assessment by Dr. Gary Ackerman. July 17, START Headquarters.


**START Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis** Apply by July 1.
American University Faculty Position in Terrorism & Homeland Security. Apply by July 10.
DHS Customs and Border Protection Officer. Apply by July 19.
Joint Special Operations University has released a call for proposals for monographs, which generally fall between 20,000 and 40,000 words. Submit by Aug. 1.
Call for Abstracts: Nice Global Forum HLS & Crisis Management Submit by Oct. 1.
Call for Papers: Journal of International Relations Research Submit by Oct. 1.
Call for Papers: Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice Submit by Sept. 1, 2016
DHS S&T ‘National Conversation on Homeland Security and Technology’ Dialogue Series Participate Now.

New York Times: Communities Must Work Together to Combat Extremism
START Executive Director William Braniff writes this opinion column for the New York Times, one of several responses to the shooting in Charleston, S.C. Read more.
Huffpost Live: Domestic Radicals Are More Violent Than Jihadis
START Researcher Anthony Lemieux appeared on Huffington Post Live to discuss the threat of domestic radicalization. Watch now.
ABC News: State Terror Report: Fatalities in Attacks Spiked by 81% in 2014
ABC News mentioned START in its coverage of the release of the 2014 Country Reports on Terror by the U.S. State Department, which draws heavily from Global Terrorism Database data. Read more.
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