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START Newsletter: Understanding terrorism and extremist violence in the U.S.; Another look at lone actors; Earn your Grad Certificate in Terrorism Analysis

Newsletter highlights



Previewing the Terrorism and Extremist Violence in the U.S. Portal and Database
Scheduled to go live in early 2015, the Terrorism and Extremist Violence in the United States (TEVUS) Portal will be a public-facing online interface and visualization tool that will allow users to access the TEVUS database and conduct sophisticated analyses of the behavioral, geographic and temporal characteristics of extremist violence within the United States dating back to 1970. Read more and watch video demonstration.
New research brief comparing lone-actor violent offenders
By examining two similar types of violent offenders – assassins and school-attackers – this research brief aims to improve understanding of lone-actor terrorists. Read more.
Research improves understanding of geographic clustering of terrorist attacks
In a new research brief, START investigators highlight findings from their 2013 study examining whether characteristics of U.S. counties can explain the geographic clustering of terrorist attacks in the United States from 1990-2010. Read more.
Background Report: Boko Haram Recent Attacks
Earlier this month, START released this background report on Boko Haram, its attacks, history and networking relationships in response to the group’s abduction of school girls in Nigeria. Read more.




No, Virginia, It Is Not an Asymmetric War
In this editorial piece, University of Pennsylvania’s Ian S. Lustick discusses the War on Terror and argues that we not view the conflict with al-Qaeda through the lens of asymmetric war. Read more.


Peace and Conflict 2014
Paradigm Publishers
Backer, David A., and Jonathan Wilkenfeld, Paul K. Huth

How Women Engage in Homegrown Terrorism
Feminist Criminology
Gonzalez, Alessandra L., and Joshua D. Freilich, Steven M. Chermak

Intelligence-Led Policing as a Tool for Countering the Terrorism Threat
Homeland Security Review
Jensen III, Carl J., and James L. Regens, Natalie Griffin

Global Trends in Terrorism, 1970-2011
Peace and Conflict 2014
LaFree, Gary, and Laura Dugan


START provides 2013 statistical annex for Country Reports on Terrorism
Late last month, the U.S. Department of State released the congressionally mandated Country Reports on Terrorism 2013, which includes the Annex of Statistical information prepared by START. Read more.
Dr. Amy Pate named START research director
An expert in international relations and comparative politics, Pate will work closely with START’s principal investigators and administrative team to help foster the highest quality, original research examining the most pressing and fundamental questions about terrorism, counterterrorism and resilience. Read more.
START’s TRACC receives FEMA approval
START’s Training in Risk and Crisis Communication program has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for inclusion in its sponsored course catalog. Read more.
START students earn prestigious national awards
Five START students earned Boren Scholarships from the Department of Defense, five earned Critical Language Scholarships from the Department of State and one earned a coveted place as a finalist for the University Medal, the University of Maryland’s highest student award. Read more.
LaFree, Braniff preview new 9/11 Memorial Museum
START Director Gary LaFree and Executive Director William Braniff were among those invited to preview the National September 11 Memorial & Museum earlier this month, before it opened to the public May 21. Read more.
Student Blog: 2013 Boulder, Colo. Flood: Risk Communications in Action
START Risk Communication and Community Resilience intern Sofi Martinez authored this blog post about how her experience working with START researchers to better understand effective risk communication and how to specifically communicate with hard-to-reach groups. Read more.


Managing Conflicts in India: Policies of Coercion and Accommodation,” Bidisha Biswas Book Talk, Noon June 17 at START Headquarters
Intelligence and Surprise Attack: Failure and Success from Pearl Harbor to 9/11 and Beyond,” Erik Dahl Book Talk, Noon June 25 at START Headquarters
Disengagement from the white power movement,” Robert Örell START Lecture, Noon July 2 at START Headquarters


Graduate Certificate: Recent changes allow for scheduling flexibility and financial aid
The START Graduate Certificate has shifted to a traditional academic semester schedule and is offering two courses per semester. As such, students can now choose their course sequence as well as the number of courses to register for each semester. This recent change means that students can now tailor the program length to better suit their needs – finishing in as little as nine months, or extending to two years. This change also allows the opportunity to apply for federal financial aid. Students who enroll in six credits (two courses) concurrently meet the minimum part time status necessary for filing for federal financial student aid.
If you would like to receive a virtual information packet or receive information on upcoming virtual information sessions please email education@start.umd.edu.  To begin the program during the fall 2014 semester, apply by July 1.
START summer courses online and open to all. Application deadlines vary.
START Fall research internships. Apply by June 8.
UMD Undergraduate Cyber Security Fellowship Program. Apply by June 9.


International Centre for the Study of Radicalization Atkin Fellowship. Apply now.
Executive Program in Counterterrorism, National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events. Apply by June 1.
Colorado Technical University (CTU)’s Wounded Warrior Scholarship Program. Apply by September 1.


The New York Times: West African Nations Set Aside Their Old Suspicions to Combat Boko Haram
This article and infographic in the New York Times Sunday edition uses data from START’s Global Terrorism Database to illustrate how Boko Haram has increased the frequency and brutality of its attacks. Read more.
Channel News Asia: Boko Haram in Nigeria
In an extended segment with START Research Director Dr. Amy Pate, the anchors of Channel News Asia discussed Boko Haram, its mass kidnapping of girls and steps the Nigerian government can take to respond to the terrorist group. A link for this broadcast is not available. 
EWTN: Boko Haram threatens more kidnappings
START Research Director Dr. Amy Pate gave a live, in-studio interview with EWTN about Boko Haram and the unfolding crisis with the mass kidnapping of girls in Nigera. Pate’s interview begins at 5:47.
Watch now.
Associated Press: US says Al Qaeda affiliates surge, terrorism spikes
Appearing in numerous media outlets, this story discusses the release of the State Department’s Country Reports on Terrorism and its Annex of Statistical Information produced by START. Read more.
The Guardian: Global terrorism rose 43% in 2013 despite al-Qaida splintering, US reports
This article discusses global terrorism trends identified in the Department of State's annual Country Terrorism Report, and also highlights aspects of the report that explain al-Qaida affiliates’ increasing activity and local/regional focus. 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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