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START newsletter: Overview of 2013 terrorist attacks, groups, regions; Islamic State and al-Qaida similarities, differences


Majority of 2013 terrorist attacks occurred in just a few countries
The majority of terrorist attacks occurring in 2013 remained isolated in just a few countries – Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. With a recent update and the addition of nearly 12,000 terrorist attacks in 2013, START’s Global Terrorism Database now includes more than 125,000 events. Read more or Download the data.
A Tale of Two Caliphates
In this editorial piece, START’s William Braniff and Ryan Pereira compare and contrast the Islamic State’s vision for the caliphate with that of al-Qaida’s senior leadership. The authors discuss the key points of divergence between the two, including their respective visions, operations and strategies. Read more.


Are U.S. chemical facilities still open to terrorist attacks?
In this editorial piece, START’s Gary Ackerman, Robert Denaburg and Markus Binder, argue that to fix the failure of the current chemical security regime, Congress, DHS and private industry need to stop working against each other and take on the long-overdue task of collaboratively securing the nation’s chemical infrastructure.Read more.

Socially relevant ethnic groups, ethnic structures, and AMAR
Journal of Peace Research
Birnir, Johanna, and Jonathan Wilkenfeld, James D. Fearon, David D. Laitin, Ted Robert Gurr, Dawn Brancati, Stephen M. Saideman, Amy Pate, Agatha S. Hultquist
Community-oriented policing to reduce crime, disorder and fear and increase satisfaction and legitimacy among citizens: a systematic review
Journal of Experimental Criminology
Gill, Charlotte, and David Weisburd, Cody W. Telep, Zoe Vitter, Trevor Bennett
The strategic interaction between a company and government surrounding disasters
Annals of Operations Research
Hausken, Kjell, and Jun Zhuang
Policing Terrorism, Crime Control, and Police-Community Relations: Learning from the Israeli Experience
Springer International Publishing 
Jonathan-Zamir, Tal, and David Weisburd, Badi Hasisi

START to fuel FIRE for first-year students
START’s Risk Communication and Resilience team was recently selected by the University of Maryland to develop a program for its new First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE), which is designed to provide first-year students with inquiry-based experiences and broad personal and academic mentorship. Read more.
START Interns Take On the Role of Spies
A foreign country overseas. A missing weapon’s trigger. A secret world of intrigue, espionage and covert operations. Last month, a group of START interns and supervisors were given the chance to participate in the International Spy Museum’s “Operation Spy,” an interactive exhibit that simulates an intelligence operation in the fictional country of Khandar. Read more.
New project explores the relationship between belief and action of terrorist groups
Led by START Investigators Dr. Gary Ackerman and Dr. Assaf Moghadam, the Terrorist Ideology Project seeks to do what no one has done before: systematically code ideological tenets of extremist groups in order to create data that reflects the relationship between a terrorist organization’s beliefs and actions. Read more.

Physicists use START data in seeking ways to predict terrorist threats
A team of physicists from Howard University spent their summer at START attempting to decipher patterns in START datasets and develop algorithms that could eventually enable the prediction of terrorist threats. Read more.

Visualizing START data
Using START's Global Terrorism Database, data visualization firm Periscopic created an interactive tool that explores the reach, frequency and impact of terrorism around the world. Read more.

A START Intern’s Experience in Egypt during Protests, Demonstrations
When START GTD Intern Abigail Carroll embarked on a trip to Cairo, Egypt, she had not anticipated the violent protests that broke out shortly upon her arrival. The unforgettable trip resulted in the formation of Carroll’s career ambition: working on post-conflict issues internationally. Read more.

‘Understanding Terrorism’ with START’s free, online course
Registration is now open for START’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on “Understanding Terrorism and the Terrorist Threat,” which will run Jan. 12-March 9, 2015. The eight-week course, offered through the University of Maryland and Coursera, will explore questions relating to the who, what and how of terrorism studies by introducing students to cutting edge research and the experts investigating these topics. Read more or Register now.


Graduate Certificate: Online Information Session. 8:30 p.m. Sept. 2 online.
Lecture: Conceptual Frameworks for Understanding Global Jihadism
By William Braniff, START Executive Director. 1 p.m. Sept. 4 at START Headquarters.
Research Roundtable: Field Research in the Tri-Border Area
By Michelle Jacome, START Researchers. 11 a.m. Sept. 30 at START Headquarters.

Sign up for START’s free online course on understanding terrorism. Apply now.
White House Liaison’s Office at DHS Internship Program. Apply now.
Colorado Technical University (CTU)’s Wounded Warrior Scholarship Program.Apply by September 1.
TSAS accepting proposals for research grants. Apply by September 12.

Washington Times: Islamic State uses brutality, threats in effort to entrench without interference
START Executive Director William Braniff discusses strategies used by the Islamic State. Read more.

Channel News Asia: Arming Kurdistan against Islamic State advance
START Executive Director William Braniff discusses the Islamic State with Channel News Asia. The interview starts 13 minutes and 50 seconds into the news clip.Watch the clip now.
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: The Scientist and the nuclear smuggler, unexpected connection
In an editorial published in the Bulletin of Atomic Science, START Training and Research Specialist Egle Murauskaite discusses the risks of former nuclear scientists who agree to test the quality of radiological or nuclear materials bound for the black market. Read more.
National Public Radio: Why civil resistance movements succeed
During an interview with NPR hosts Steve Inskeep and David Green, Erica Chenoweth discusses the data behind the success of non-violent resistance campaigns. Listen to the interview.
Russian Times: Sovereign citizens seen as top terrorist threat by U.S. law enforcement
Russian Times reports on the U.S. sovereign citizens’ movement and discusses a recently published START report, “Understanding law Enforcement Intelligence Processes.” Read more.
Dallas News: Can the U.S. out-tweet the terrorists?
In a Dallas News article, START Executive Director William Braniff comments on the State Department's #ThinkAgainTurnAway initiative against the jihadist social media movement. Read more.
CBS Connecticut: Security breaches happen daily across U.S. 
START Researcher Anthony Lemieux discussed New York City’s security in light of a recent security breach at the Brooklyn Bridge in an article published by CBS Connecticut. Read more.
War on the Rocks: START Infographic Series
START partnered with War on the Rocks to publish a series of infographics that depict trends in global terrorism activity based on data from the Global Terrorism Database and other START projects. In the past month, the series has covered:

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



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