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START News: Risk of ISIL attacks in Libya; Exploring ideologically motivated homicides; News media and perception of Muslims


New study compares ideologically motivated homicides in United States
Over the last 25 years in the United States, al-Qaida and its associated movement (AQAM) have killed nearly seven-and-a-half times more people than far-right extremists have killed in one-fifth as many incidents. However, if you remove two outlier events – the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the Oklahoma City Bombing – far-right extremists (FRE) have killed nearly four times as many people as AQAM extremists, according to new START research.

News media affects how Muslims are perceived, treated
Exposure to news reports portraying Muslims as terrorists is significantly associated with support for military action in Muslim countries, civil restrictions for Muslim Americans and policies harming Muslims domestically and abroad, according to new research by START researchers and their colleagues. Read more.


ISIL in Libya: A Bayesian Approach to Mapping At-Risk Regions
In this editorial piece, Douglas Zietz, Joshua House and Rhys Young hypothesize and map where ISIL might strike in Libya based on geostatistical analysis based on previous attack patterns. Read more.


Organizational-Level Characteristics in Right-Wing Extremist Groups in the United States over Time
Criminal Justice Review
Asal, Victor, and Steven M. Chermak, Sarah Fitzgerald, Joshua D. Freilich
Depictions of Children and Youth in the Islamic State’s Martyrdom Propaganda, 2015-2016
CTC Sentinel
Bloom, Mia, and John Horgan, Charlie Winter
Scanning the Consequences of Demographic Change for the Emerging Security Landscape
Springer Link
Leuprecht, Christian

Beyond the Castle Model of cyber-risk and cyber-security
Government Information Quarterly
Leuprecht, Christian, and David B. Skillicorn, Victoria E. Tait
Rationales for Terrorist Violence in Homegrown Jihadist Groups: A Case Study from the Netherlands
Aggression and Violent Behavior
Schuurman, Bart, and John G. Horgan


START’s Gelfand and Lyons-Padilla present on Capitol Hill
START researcher Michele Gelfand and former START TRA Sarah Lyons-Padilla presented on Capitol Hill regarding evidence-based strategies for preventing homegrown radicalization. Their briefing outlined the current state of domestic radicalization as it relates to the refugee crisis in Syria, as well as policy implications and recommendations for best steps forward. Read more.
Davenport named Emerging Leader in Biosecurity Initiative
START Senior Researcher Cory Davenport was recently selected as a Fellow in the 2016 class of the Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative (ELBI). The highly-selective fellowship program is designed to create and sustain an energetic, multidisciplinary, and intergenerational biosecurity community made up of motivated young professionals as well as current leaders. Read more.
START roots help alumna stretch wings in Beirut
Alumna Rola Saleh often calls upon her training as a START intern and career development student as she completes her tasking on projects with the United Nations Conflict Mapping and Analysis Project, in partnership with Lebanon Support. Her group maps conflict events within the Lebanese borders, including clashes by groups on the Syrian border and any activity on the Israeli border between the Israeli Military, the Lebanese Armed Forces, UNIFIL, and other armed groups. Read more.
Ravens, research and risk communication: One START intern does it all
With hopes to use her communications aptitude to help others, one University of Maryland senior joined START’s Risk Communication & Resilience program this semester to further hone her skills and career ambitions. Read more.


START’s free, online course “Understanding Terrorism and the Terrorism Threat,” runs through March 27 –it is not too late to sign up. Register now.
Study abroad with START this summer in Singapore or Australia and New Zealand. Open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Apply now.
START undergraduate and graduate internships. Apply by April 3.
Pre- and post-doctoral students can apply for START’s Terrorism Research Award. TRAs earn $5,000 in research support as well as additional opportunities from START. Apply by May 1.  


Call for Papers: VOX-Pol Taking Stock of Research on Violent Online Political Extremism Submit by March 4
Vacancy: OSCE Transnational Threats Department Associate Programme Officer Apply by March 16
Call for Papers: Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice on terrorism, political violence and asymmetric conflict Submit by July 20, 2016.
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.


Tear-gassed in Turkey: START intern reflects on an interesting study abroad experience by Annemarie Brinkman


Christian Science Monitor: Why compassion is a key ingredient to combating terrorism
Christian Science Monitor quoted START researcher Pete Simi on the topic of radicalization. Read more.
Wall Street Journal: Facebook Adds New Tool to Fight Terror
START executive director William Braniff is quoted in this article about combating extremism on social media. Read more.
Los Angeles Times: Threatened by the Taliban, some schools in Pakistan close
The L.A. Times mentions data from START’s Global Terrorism Database about deaths at Pakistani schools. Read more.
Foreign Policy: Erica Chenoweth and David Scheffer on When to Get Violent
START researcher Erica Chenoweth discusses civil resistance with the U.N.’s David Scheffer in this Foreign Policy piece. Read more.

This is a selection of news clips from the past month.
A complete list of START’s media coverage can be found here.


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