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Title Sort descending Investigators Project Period
A Multi-Level Approach to the Study of Violent Extremism Gary LaFree, Michael Jensen -
Anti-Terrorism Assistance Programs William Braniff -
Bargaining on and off the Battlefield: The Bargaining Model of War and Negotiations with the Afghan Taliban Barnett S. Koven -
Counterterrorism Net Assessment Data Structure (CT NEADS) Barnett S. Koven -
Country Reports on Terrorism - Statistical Annex Gary LaFree, Erin Miller -
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency SIGMA+ Thomas Guarrieri, Marcus A. Boyd, Steve Sin -
Developing Integrated Radiological and Nuclear Detection Architecture for the Interior and International Mission Space Steve Sin, Marcus A. Boyd -
Divergent Dimensions of Radicalization Risk: Migration and Violent Extremism in Sabah Barnett S. Koven, Samuel D. Henkin -
Expand the Transnational Illicit Trafficking (TransIT) Database Marcus A. Boyd -
Failure Points in Smuggling Networks Brandon Behlendorf -
Framing Global Salafi-Jihadist Messages in the West Peter Neumann -
Global Terrorism Database (GTD) Erin Miller, Gary LaFree, Laura Dugan -
Global Terrorism Database (GTD) Acceleration Erin Miller -
ISIL: Branding, Leadership Culture and Lethal Attraction Gina Scott Ligon
Mapping and Evaluating Online Salafi-Jihadism Arie Kruglanski, Jarret Brachman, Michele Gelfand -
Martyrs without Borders: Iraq's Foreign Fighters and the Third Generation of Global Jihad Mohammed Hafez -
Militant Islamist Networks in the West Jeffrey Bale -
Radicalization Clusters? Geographic Concentrations of Violent Extremism and Terrorism in the United States Kathleen Smarick -
Resources and Resilience: A Computational Model of Strategic Influence -
Social Network Analysis for Combating Terrorist Networks Alan Neustadtl, R. Karl Rethemeyer, Victor Asal -
START-Oxford University Press Book Series Laura Dugan, Anthony Lemieux, Gary Ackerman, Gary LaFree -
Terrorism and Targeted Violence in the United States Erin Miller, Michael Jensen -
The Ecology of Terrorist Organizations Jonathan Wilkenfeld, Victor Asal, Gary LaFree -
The Mobilization Puzzle: How Individual, Group, and Situational Dynamics Produce Extremist Outcomes Gary LaFree, Michael Jensen -
Two to Tango: Government and Terrorist Group Actions in Colombia Barnett S. Koven -
U.S. Crime-Terror Nexus: Terrorist Networks & Trade Diversion Joshua Freilich, Steven Chermak, Roberta Belli -
Updates to the Big, Allied, and Dangerous (BAAD) Dataset Victor Asal -
Updates to the Leadership of the Extreme and Dangerous for Innovative Results (LEADIR) Dataset Gina Scott Ligon -
Where the Extremes May Touch: The Potential for Collaboration Between Islamist, Right- and Left-Wing Extremists Gary Ackerman, Jeffrey Bale -
Project Title Sort descending Publication Date Publication Type
Exploring the U.S. Crime-Terror Nexus: Terrorist Networks and Trade Diversion 2014-10-01T12:00:00 Research Brief
’Unholy Alliances’: How Transnational Terrorists and Crime Make Common Cause 2010-11-01T12:00:00 Book Chapter
"I'm down for a Jihad": How 100 Years of Gang Research can Inform the Study of Terrorism, Radicalization and Extremism 2015-02-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
A Preliminary Typology Mapping Pathways of Learning and Innovation by Modern Jihadist Groups 2016-09-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
A Tale of Two Caliphates: Al-Qaida and its Associated Movement vs. the Islamic State and its Associated Movement 2015-09-01T12:00:00 Presentation
Al Qaeda and the Islamic State's Break: Strategic Strife or Lackluster Leadership? 2017-10-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Al Qaeda's Post-9/11 Evolution: An Assessment 2011-11-01T12:00:00 Book Chapter
Al-Qaida and Al-Shabaab: A Resilient Alliance 2019-01-01T12:00:00 Book Chapter
Alliance Hubs: Focal Points in the International Terrorist Landscape 2014-05-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
An Analysis of Violent Nonstate Actor Organizational Lethality and Network Co-Evoluation in the Middle East and North Africa 2016-02-01T12:00:00 START Reports
Applying Social Network Analysis to Terrorist Financing 2018-05-01T12:00:00 Book Chapter
Big Allied and Dangerous (BAAD) 2013-09-01T12:00:00 Project Fact Sheet
Big, Allied And Dangerous (BAAD) Fact Sheet 2015-10-01T12:00:00 Project Fact Sheet
Boko Haram: An Assessment of Strengths, Vulnerabilities, and Policy Options 2015-01-01T12:00:00 START Reports
Building Terrorism from Social Ties: The Dark Side of Social Capital 2015-02-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Catch Them Coming and Going: Probabilistic Pathway Projection to Counter Foreign Fighters 2016-03-01T12:00:00 START Reports
Changing Organizational Structures of Jihadist Networks in the Netherlands 2016-10-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Cigarette smuggling and terrorism financing 2013-11-01T12:00:00 Book Chapter
Comparative configurational analysis as a two-mode network problem: A study of terrorist group engagement in the drug trade 2013-05-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Contextualizing Disengagement: How Exit Barriers Shape the Pathways Out of Far-Right Extremism in the United States 2020-05-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Counterterrorism Net Assessment Data Structure 2020-04-01T12:00:00 Project Fact Sheet
Crime-Terror Alliances and the State: Ethnonationalist and Islamist Challenges to Regional Security 2013-01-01T12:00:00 Book
Cross-Milieu Terrorist Collaboration: Using Game Theory to Assess the Risk of a Novel Threat 2016-04-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Cultivating Trust and Perceptions of Source Credibility in Online Counternarratives Intended to Reduce Support for Terrorism 2018-04-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Cumulative Disruptions: Interdependency and Commitment Escalation as Mechanisms of Illicit Network Failure 2020-09-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Cut from the Same Cloth? A Comparative Study of Domestic Extremists and Gang Members in the United States 2017-05-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Divergent Dimensions of Radicalization Risk: Migration and Violent Extremism in Sabah 2021-12-01T12:00:00 Report
Divergent Dimensions of Radicalization Risk: Migration and Violent Extremism in Sabah, Malaysia 2020-12-01T12:00:00 START Reports
Do 90 Percent of Terrorist Groups Last Less Than a Year? Updating the Conventional Wisdom 2017-09-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Do Machines Replicate Humans? Toward a Unified Understanding of Radicalizing Content on the Open Social Web 2019-09-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Doing Good while Killing: Why Some Insurgent Groups Provide Community Services 2020-05-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Dynamic Dimensions of Radicalization and Violent Extremism in Sabah, Malaysia 2021-12-01T12:00:00 Report
Enemies with Benefits? Violent Rivalry and Terrorist Group Longevity 2015-01-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Exploring the Crime-Terror Nexus in the United States: A Social Network Analysis of a Hezbollah Network Involved in Trade Diversion 2015-10-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Extremist Group/Movement Affiliations of the January 6 Capitol Rioters 2022-05-01T12:00:00 Map
Fratricidal Rebels: Ideological Extremity and Warring Factionalism in Civil Wars 2020-04-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Fratricide in Rebel Movements: A Network Analysis of Syrian Militant Infighting 2019-01-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Gangs, Terrorism, and Radicalization 2011-10-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Headhunting Among Extremist Organizations: An Empirical Assessment of Talent Spotting 2018-04-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Hezbollah's Social Jihad: Nonprofits as Resistance Organizations 2009-06-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Hizballah as a Social Movement Organization: A Framing Approach 2009-11-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
How “Alone” are Lone-Actors? Exploring the Ideological, Signaling, and Support Networks of Lone-Actor Terrorists 2018-10-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Hurdles to International Terrorist Alliances: Lessons from Al Qaeda's Experience 2015-02-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Impact of Perceived Peer Attitudes and Social Network Diversity on Violent Extremist Intentions 2020-09-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Insurgencies as Networks of Event Orderings 2018-06-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Is Islamist Terrorism More Dangerous?: An Empirical Study of Group Ideology, Organization, and Goal Structure 2009-01-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Is the Enemy of My Enemy My Friend? How Terrorist Groups Select Partners 2018-01-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
ISIL: Branding, Leadership Culture and Lethal Attraction 2014-11-01T12:00:00 START Reports
ISIS: Its History, Ideology, and Psychology 2018-04-01T12:00:00 Book Chapter
Islamism and Totalitarianism 2009-06-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Islamist Terrorism, Diaspora Links and Casualty Rates 2019-10-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Lethal Combinations: Studying the Structure of Terrorist Networks 2017-09-01T12:00:00 Book Chapter
Lethal Connections: The Determinants of Network Connections in the Provisional Irish Republican Army, 1970–1998 2014-01-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Locating Al Qaeda's Center of Gravity: The Role of Middle Managers 2011-10-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Loners, Colleagues, or Peers? Assessing the Social Organization of Radicalization 2018-04-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Mapping and Deterring Violent Extremist Networks in North-West Africa 2015-04-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Mapping Today's Jihadi Landscape and Threat 2018-05-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Marriage of Convenience: The Evolution of Iran and al-Qa'ida's Tactical Cooperation 2017-04-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Mobilizing on the Extreme Right: Germany, Italy, and the United States 2012-01-01T12:00:00 Book
Momin Khawaja: Mechanisms of Radicalization 2016-08-01T12:00:00 START Reports
Networks as strategic repertoires: Functional differentiation among Al-Shabaab terror cells 2013-05-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Networks of Cooperation: Rebel Alliances in Fragmented Civil Wars 2019-02-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Networks, Power, and the Effects of Legitimacy in Contentious Politics 2020-01-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Nexus of Global Jihad: Understanding Cooperation Among Terrorist Actors 2017-05-01T12:00:00 Book
NGO Interventions: Influences on Terrorist Activity 2016-08-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
On Classifying Terrorism: A Potential Contribution of Cluster Analysis for Academics and Policymakers 2007-12-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Online Networks of the Italian and German Extreme Right: An Explorative Study with Social Network Analysis 2009-02-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Only the Bad Die Young: The Correlates of Organizational Death for Far-Right Extremist Groups 2015-12-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Political Fragmentation and Alliances among Armed Non-state Actors in North and Western Africa (1997–2014) 2017-09-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Probabilistic Pathway Projection to Counter Foreign Fighters 2016-04-01T12:00:00 Research Brief
Psychology Not Theology: Overcoming ISIS' Secret Appeal 2014-10-01T12:00:00 Op-ed
Rebel Group Attrition and Reversion to Violence: Micro-Level Evidence from Syria 2020-01-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Recruitment and Selection in Violent Extremist Organizations: Exploring What Industrial and Organizational Psychology Might Contribute 2017-04-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Researching Terrorist Networks 2006-04-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Social Network Analysis of German Foreign Fighters in Syria and Iraq 2017-02-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Spotting the Threat 2014-07-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Strategic Terrorism: The Framework and Its Fallacies 2007-01-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Terrorism and Conspiracy Theories: A View from the 3N Model of Radicalization 2022-06-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Terrorism and the North Caucasus: An Overview 2013-04-01T12:00:00 Background Report
Terrorism as Transnational Advocacy: An Organizational and Tactical Examination 2007-01-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Terrorism, Radicalization and De-radicalization 2016-06-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Terrorist Group Cooperation and Longevity 2014-06-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Terrorist Group Rivalries and Alliances: Testing Competing Explanations 2019-08-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Terrorist Group Survival as a Measure of Effectiveness 2018-06-01T12:00:00 Book Chapter
The Nature of the Beast: Organizational Structures and the Lethality of Terrorist Attacks 2008-04-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
The Nexus between Terrorism and U.S. Product Counterfeiting 2014-07-01T12:00:00 Report
The Rise and Endurance of Radical Right Movements 2019-09-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
The Social Psychological Makings of a Terrorist 2018-02-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
The Strategy of Terrorism: How it Works, and Why it Fails 2007-12-01T12:00:00 Book
The Three N Approach to Strategies for United States Government Information Operations 2021-05-01T12:00:00 White Paper
The Three Percenters: A Look Inside an Anti-Government Militia 2021-03-01T12:00:00 Report
Towards Global Jihadism: Al-Qaeda's Strategic, Ideological and Structural Adaptations since 9/11 2012-06-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Understanding Recruitment to Organized Crime and Terrorism 2020-06-01T12:00:00 Book
Understanding Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism 2017-11-01T12:00:00 Book
Unholy Alliances: Evidence on Linkages between Trans-State Terrorism and Crime Networks: The Case of Bosnia 2010-06-01T12:00:00 Book Chapter
Western Muslims Volunteering to fight in Syria and Iraq: Why do they go, and what should we do? 2015-07-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Why Terrorist Groups Form International Alliances 2018-05-01T12:00:00 Book
With Friends Like These…Why Terrorist Organizations Ally 2016-01-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
Women in the White Supremacist Movement 2017-07-01T12:00:00 Book Chapter
Women Too: Explaining Gender Ideologies of Ethnopolitical Organizations 2020-05-01T12:00:00 Journal Article
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‘The Three Pillars’ book tour offers insight to international governments
2011-2012 Background Report Undergraduate Terrorism Analysis Training (UTAT) Program Application Deadline Extended
A Discussion with Dr. Matthew Levitt, Author of Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God
Al-Qaida's fatal terrorism under Osama bin Laden
Al-Shabaab Attack on Westgate Mall in Kenya
Background Report: Truck carrying radioactive material stolen in Mexico
Dagher discusses ISIL in Iraq and new public opinion data
Database spotlight: Big Allied and Dangerous (BAAD)
Database Spotlight: Muslim Public Opinion and Public Opinion in the Islamic World on Terrorism, al Qaeda and U.S. Policies
Discussion Point: The Prospective Military Power of Al Qaeda Affiliated Groups in the Syrian Conflict
Financing terrorism through trade diversion
Have you seen it yet? START Research Review
Hegghammer explains variation in western jihadists
LaFree Discusses Terrorism Myths and Realities
LaFree speaks at National Institute of Justice conference
Leading terrorism expert discusses mobilization of women into terrorist networks
New database provides insights into terrorism countermeasures
New editor will take on post for START-Oxford University Press book series
New Research Brief Released: The Use of Violence by Ethnopolitical Organizations in the Middle East
New START model forecasts the flow of foreign fighters
New study examines FARC’s development of narco-submarines
New study examines terrorism in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand
New study shows alliances and not religious ideology are key to forecasting CBRN pursuit
Press Release: START Panel Addresses Key Questions in Terrorism
Rassler delves into the intricacies of the Haqqani Nexus
Remittances and the financing of terrorism in Sub-Saharan Africa
Research Roundtable features expert on policing terrorism
Research Roundtable details the patterns of terrorism worldwide
Secretary Ridge announces creation of terrorism center
START Announces 2009 Curriculum Development Grant Recipients
START Announces 2011-2012 Terrorism Research Award Participants
START Announces Fellowships for 2005-06
START Assesses Impact of 9/11
START hosts virtual book talk on “Insurgent Terrorism”
START investigator and former TRA recipient publish book on the mobilization of right-wing extremism
START Investigators Participate in 2011 American Sociological Association Annual Conference
START launches new tool for counterterrorism community
START Newsletter: US beliefs before, after Boston bombings; Terrorist targeting of civilians; Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis
START releases new data collections
START Research Brief: Al-Shabaab's use of Twitter
START research informs Senate report on Chesser
START researchers awarded top honors for applying marketing framework to violent groups
START Researchers Featured in Journal of Homeland Security
START Researchers Present at American Political Science Association Annual Conference
START Response to Death of bin Laden
START seeking 2014 Outstanding Article Award nominations
START Symposium showcases impactful research, datasets
START welcomes visiting scholar
Summer courses for credit through START
Taken to extremes: Faculty Q&A with Michael Jensen
Terrorism studies graduate certificate application deadline is quickly approaching
Terrorism Studies Minor information sessions
Top-ranked criminology journal features START research
UMD Report: Conspiracy theories fueled more terror attacks in 2020
Title Sort descending Job Title Institution
Adam martin Adam Martin Software Developer, Vexterra Group
Koven Barnett S. Koven Data Science Manager, Deloitte Government & Public Services
Brandon Behlendorf Brandon Behlendorf Assistant Professor, College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, SUNY Albany University at Albany, State University of New York
McCauley_Clark Clark McCauley Professor of Psychology Bryn Mawr College
elena akers Elena Akers Researcher/Junior Data Collection Manager, START University of Maryland
Miller Erin Erin Miller GTD Program Manager, START University of Maryland
Gary Ackerman Gary Ackerman Associate Professor, SUNY Albany University at Albany, State University of New York
Lafee Gary LaFree Founding Director, START
Distinguished University Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of Maryland
kurt braddock Kurt Braddock Assistant Professor, American University American University
Boyd_Marcus Marcus A. Boyd Geospatial Research Unit (GRU) Director, START
Director of Graduate Studies, START
University of Maryland
person-default Michael Jensen Senior Researcher, START University of Maryland
Jacome_Michlle Michelle Jacome Operations Officer on International Finance Cooperation at the World Bank
person-default Peter Simi Associate Professor, Chapman University
Director, Earl Babbie Research Center
Chapman University
R. Karl Rethemeyer R. Karl Rethemeyer Associate Professor of Public Administration & Policy University at Albany, State University of New York
henkin Samuel D. Henkin Geospatial Research Unit (GRU) Researcher, START University of Maryland
person-default Sheehan Kane Researcher/Data Collection Manager, START University of Maryland
Sin_Steve Steve Sin Director, Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT)

Subject Matter Expert Instructor, National Center for Security & Preparedness
University of Maryland
Guarrieri Thomas Guarrieri Director of Undergraduate Studies
Assistant Research Scientist, Unconventional Weapons &
Technology (UWT) Division, START
University of Maryland
Asal_Victor Victor Asal Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of Public Administration University at Albany, State University of New York
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A Multi-Level Approach to the Study of Violent Extremism
Anti-Terrorism Assistance Programs
Bargaining on and off the Battlefield: The Bargaining Model of War and Negotiations with the Afghan Taliban
BAAD Big Allied and Dangerous (BAAD) Database 1 - Lethality Data, 1998-2005 Go
Counterterrorism Net Assessment Data Structure (CT NEADS)
Country Reports on Terrorism - Statistical Annex
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency SIGMA+
Developing Integrated Radiological and Nuclear Detection Architecture for the Interior and International Mission Space
Divergent Dimensions of Radicalization Risk: Migration and Violent Extremism in Sabah
Expand the Transnational Illicit Trafficking (TransIT) Database
Failure Points in Smuggling Networks
Framing Global Salafi-Jihadist Messages in the West
Global Terrorism Database (GTD)
Global Terrorism Database (GTD) Acceleration
ISIL: Branding, Leadership Culture and Lethal Attraction
Mapping and Evaluating Online Salafi-Jihadism
Martyrs without Borders: Iraq's Foreign Fighters and the Third Generation of Global Jihad
Militant Islamist Networks in the West
Radicalization Clusters? Geographic Concentrations of Violent Extremism and Terrorism in the United States
Replication Data for: "Crime, Conflict and the Legitimacy Tradeoff: Explaining Variation in Insurgents' Participation in Crime" Go
Resources and Resilience: A Computational Model of Strategic Influence
Social Network Analysis for Combating Terrorist Networks
START-Oxford University Press Book Series
Terrorism and Targeted Violence in the United States
The Ecology of Terrorist Organizations
The Mobilization Puzzle: How Individual, Group, and Situational Dynamics Produce Extremist Outcomes
Two to Tango: Government and Terrorist Group Actions in Colombia
U.S. Crime-Terror Nexus: Terrorist Networks & Trade Diversion
Updates to the Big, Allied, and Dangerous (BAAD) Dataset
Updates to the Leadership of the Extreme and Dangerous for Innovative Results (LEADIR) Dataset
Where the Extremes May Touch: The Potential for Collaboration Between Islamist, Right- and Left-Wing Extremists