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START News: New analysis of Islamic State Attacks; Jujitsu Politics; Traumatic Stress and CVE


Patterns of Islamic State-Related Terrorism, 2002--2015
This report presents data that illustrate the dynamics of Islamic State-related terrorism over time and place from 2002 to 2015, including trends in the number of attacks and deaths caused by ISIL-related terrorism, the geographic spread of ISIL-related terrorism, and patterns of tactics, targets, and lethality of ISIL-related terrorism. Read more.


Another look at jujitsu politics
Clark McCauley and Sophia Moskalenko discuss potential consequences of inflammatory rhetoric that uses terrorism as an argument for greater exclusion of Muslims, and why the Islamic State recruitment strategy is so powerful yet so hard to see. Read more.
Implications of research on traumatic stress for CVE
In this editorial piece, Peter Weinberger writes about the factor of trauma and traumatic stress in the life circumstances of people who have become radicalized to violence, and what this could mean for CVE efforts. Read more.



A Community-Level Comparison of Terrorism Movements in the United States
Studies in Conflict & Terrorism
Fitzpatrick, Kevin M. and Jeff Gruenewald, Brent L. Smith, Paxton Roberts
Strategic Communication and U.S. National Security Affairs
Routledge: Strategic Communication – New Agendas in Communication
Bean, Hamilton
Examining Systematic Crime Reporting Bias Across Three Immigrant Generations
Journal of Quantitative Criminology
Bersani, Bianca E., and Alex R. Piquero


Simulations sharpen international negotiation skills
START students had a unique opportunity to hone their international negotiation skills during a pilot test of two new simulations developed by ICONS and focusing on trade negotiation and interagency responses in Darfur. Read more.
Scouting out risk communication field research
START’s Risk Communication and Resilience (RCR) team worked with the Girl Scouts to explore how children engaged with emergency preparedness curriculum and assess if the lessons learned by the children were further communicated to their families. Read more.
Communication theory, counterterrorism practice
Nearly 20 years after Kurt Braddock first became intrigued by terrorism, he finds the topic at the core of his research. A lecturer in Communication Arts and Sciences at Pennsylvania State University, Braddock studies the effects of specific types of communication in the processes surrounding the use of terrorism. Read more.
START researchers participate in STEM outreach
This summer, about 60 high school women from around the country got a glimpse of some of the on-the-job problems they could face as engineers, from building safe bridges to creating a hospital resilient to a number of disasters. Read more.
Disastrous trip abroad sparks interest in security studies
Marred by violent protests, food poisoning and a bus crash, an ill-fated tour of Southeast Asia didn’t dampen START Intern Mitchell Boyd’s enthusiasm for travel or international politics. If anything, it spurred the Eastern Carolina University senior to dive more deeply into security studies and political science with a new outlook on events abroad. Read more.


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Job Opportunity: CBRN Senior Researcher Apply by Aug. 24
The Terror-Crime Nexus & Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Threats online course. Register 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.


Job Opportunity: WORDE Programs Manager Apply now.

Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor, MSU Criminal Justice and Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection Apply by Oct. 14.

Call for Papers: CBRNe Convergence Conference Submit by August 31.
Call for Papers: Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice Submit by Sept. 1.
Call for Papers: Journal of International Relations Research (JIRR) Submit by Oct. 1.



What Does “Risk Communication” Mean to You? by Amanda Whiting


Computerworld: How to keep Facebook, Twitter from being terrorists’ hunting grounds
START researchers Peter Weinberger and Gina Ligon are quoted in this article about how government and social media can curb terrorists' online recruiting. Read more.

NPR: How a Danish Town Helped Young Muslims Turn Away from ISIS
START researcher Arie Kruglanski is quoted in this piece from NPR’s “Shots” blog about a successful program aimed at preventing radicalization in Denmark. Read more.
The Atlantic: Iraq – The World Capital of Terrorism
Data from START’s Global Terrorism Database is mentioned in this piece about terrorism in Iraq. Read more.

ABC News: Experts Skeptical of Brazil Group’s ISIS Pledge
This article from ABC News, about a recent pledge of allegiance to ISIS by a purposed group of extremists in Brazil, quotes START researcher John Horgan. Read more.
The Guardian: Figures Put Europe’s Summer of Violence in Context
Data from START’s Global Terrorism Database is mentioned in this piece about terrorism in Europe. Read more.

This is a selection of news clips from the past month.
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