COE Summit 2018: University Research and Development to Protect the Homeland
Join START on May 30-31, as it participates in the Department of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence Summit 2018, which will spotlight “University Research & Development to Protect the Homeland.” Sponsored by the national network of university-led U.S. Department of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence (COEs), the summit aims to:
- Provide subject matter experts to discuss current and future homeland security challenges
- Showcase innovative R&D tools and solutions to homeland security challenges
- Facilitate collaboration among DHS COE researchers, homeland security enterprise leadership and component end-users and industry participants
- Provide avenues to accelerate the transition from R&D to reality for those who protect the homeland
The summit will be held at George Mason University’s Arlington Campus. Registration and additional information about the COE Summit 2018 is available online at http://cina.gmu.edu/coesummit18.
Islamic State Chemical Weapons: A Case Contained by its Context?
The CTC Sentinel recently published a paper by START researchers assessing the chemical warfare capabilities of the Islamic State. Read more.
START researcher Max Erdemandi discusses how the 2019 Presidential Election in Turkey has implications on President Erdogan’s strategy in Syria. Read more.
ICYMI: New defense strategy requires paradigm shift in US counterterrorism
Published in The Hill, this editorial piece co-authored by William Braniff argues that the recent shift in prioritization from counterterrorism to great power competition described in the National Security Strategy requires that the U.S. Government pursue more effective and efficient counterterrorism. Read more.
Buddemeier, Brooke, and Robert Levin, Stephen V. Musolino, David Pasquale, Monica Schoch-Spana
Risk in Extreme Environments: Preparing, Avoiding, Mitigating, and Managing
Bier, Vicki M.
Terrorist Tactics by Criminal Organizations: The Mexican Case in Context
Perspectives on Terrorism
Phillips, Brian J.
Terrorist Group Rivalries and Alliances: Testing Competing Explanations
Studies in Conflict & Terrorism
Phillips, Brian J.
The Social Psychological Makings of a Terrorist
Current Opinion in Psychology
Webber, David, and Arie W. Kruglanski
Sin named director of START UWT program
START has named Dr. Steve Sin the new director of the Unconventional and Weapons Technology (UWT) team at START. A researcher at START since 2014, Sin has been instrumental in building UWT’s portfolio of projects that provide actionable knowledge about chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) and other emerging technological threats emanating from non-state actors. Read more.
Innovative START project wins UMD-TEC seed funding
START Researcher Barnett Koven and Ramon Brena, from the Intelligent Systems Research Group, have received research funding from the University of Maryland (UMD) and Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico (TEC). Their project will explore the process of predicting fashion trends and how those processes can be used to predict terrorism trends. Read more.
CRED students lead round table dialogue about community resilience
Earlier this month, the fellows – Noreen Duke, Ryan Garfinkel, Anjali Kalaria and Samuel Karalnik – led START staff and interns in a round table discussion about empathy and community resilience in preparation for a larger Dialogue Dinner April 4 for University of Maryland administrators and student leaders. Read more.
Visiting professor discusses the changing landscape of online terrorism
Gabriel Weimann, a researcher, author and Professor of Communication at Haifa University in Israel, delivered a presentation about the changing landscape of online terrorism last month at the University of Maryland as part of the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies lecture series. Read more.
START opportunity sparks pursuit of a passion project
In addition to his schoolwork and internship responsibilities, START student Ryan Garfinkel is pursuing a passion project – a coordinated effort between USAID, NGOs, and Microfinancing organizations to build a crowdsourced micro granting platform for youth-led peace and security initiatives. Read more.