Best Student Paper Prize 2015

Giorgio del Vecchio, who is studying at the Free University of Berlin, Germany, won the Best Student Paper Prize at the Society for Terrorism Research 9th Annual International Conference for his paper, “Political Violence as Shared Terrain of Militancy: Red Brigades, Social Movements and the Discourse on Arms in the Early Seventies.”

The Best Student Paper Prize promotes the work of postgraduate students throughout the world, in all disciplines, in the field of terrorism research. Giorgio’s paper will be published in STR’s peer reviewed journal Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression in 2016.

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Dr. Tore Bjørgo to Deliver Keynote

We are delighted that Dr Tore Bjørgo, a Professor of Police Science at the Norwegian Police University College (PHS) and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) will deliver the opening keynote presentation at STR’s 9th Annual International Conference.

A social anthropologist by training (University of Oslo), he received his doctoral degree from Leiden University. His main fields of research have been political extremism and terrorism; racist and right-wing violence; delinquent youth gangs; disengagement from violent groups; political communication; crime prevention; and policing. He has (co)authored or (co)edited thirteen books, including Political Communication (1987; 1992, in Norwegian, Danish and Swedish); Racist Violence in Europe (1993); Political Terrorism (1993, in Norwegian); Terror from the Extreme Right (1995); Racist and Right-Wing Violence in Scandinavia: Patterns, Perpetrators, and Responses (1997); Nation and Race: The Developing Euro-American Racist Subculture (1998); Violence, Racism and Youth Gangs: Prevention and Intervention (1999, in Norwegian); Generalized Hatred, Polarized Communities (2001, in Norwegian); Root Causes of Terrorism (2005); Perspectives of Police Science in Europe (2007); Leaving Terrorism Behind: Individual and Collective Disengagement (2009, co-edited with John Horgan), Strategies for Preventing Terrorism (2013), and most recently, Preventing Crime: A Holistic Approach (forthcoming), and The Dynamics of a Terrorist Targeting Process: Breivik and the 22 July Attacks in Norway (forthcoming, with Cato Hemmingby).

In Norway in 1996, he initiated of the first Exit-program to facilitate disengagement from right-wing extremist groups.

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9th Annual STR Conference

Society for Terrorism Research 9th Annual International Conference
10-11 September 2015
Birmingham City University – Birmingham, England

Opening Keynote Speaker confirmed: Dr. Tore Bjørgo
Professor at the Norwegian Police University College and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs.
Read the Abstract: Counterterrorism as Crime Prevention: A Holistic Approach

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Best Student Paper Prize 2014

Kate Barrel, Monash University, Australia, won the Best Student Paper prize at the Society for Terrorism Research 8th Annual International Conference for her paper, “The challenge of understanding and evaluating CVE: An Australian case study.” The Best Student Paper prize promotes the work of postgraduate students throughout the world, in all disciplines, in the field of terrorism research. Kate’s paper will be published in STR’s peer reviewed journal Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression in 2015.

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Radicalization, Terrorism, and Conflict

Radicalization, Terrorism, and Conflict, available now at Amazon.com, is a collection of scholarly works, authored by international researchers and leading thinkers, addressing contemporary, history-making issues in international security and terrorism from an interdisciplinary perspective. Contributors to this edited volume represent global perspectives, ideas, analysis, and research. Radicalization, Terrorism, and Conflict transmits relevant findings, theory, and policy ideas for scholars of security and terrorism studies, for policy makers, and to the general public who are interested in keeping up with this global area of concern. It provides a jumping-off point for conversation and collaboration that can lead to new knowledge and broader understanding.

As an interdisciplinary collection of manuscripts, this book integrates and synthesizes theory, research, and public policy analysis in an effort to solve the complex questions and problems presented by this topic. Recognition of the need to approach the problems of radicalization, terrorism, and interpersonal conflict from an interdisciplinary perspective is gaining strength within academic settings, policy institutes, and global conferences. Unlike most recent edited books on the subject that are on the market at this time, Radicalization, Terrorism, and Conflict provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding related current issues. This approach encourages a broader perspective and thought process, trans-discipline and global collaboration and cooperation, and an integrated synthesis of knowledge.

Radicalization, Terrorism, and Conflict opens with an analysis of the ongoing phenomenon of the Arab Spring. In Section 1, contributors look at how players in the theatres of local and international terror become radicalized. Section 2 analyzes how terrorism becomes manifest in the global theatre and how governments and their actors attempt to prevent it. Section 3 presents research to bring understanding to the actors’ behavior and provide settings for future collaboration in understanding these phenomena.

Editors: Tali K. Walters, Rachel Monaghan, and J. Martín Ramírez

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Best Student Paper Prize 2013

Hugo Rosemont, King’s College, London, won the Best Student Paper prize at the Society for Terrorism Research 7th Annual International Conference for his paper, “Private sector engagement in the UK’s counterterrorism strategy: A new agenda.” The Best Student Paper prize promotes the work of postgraduate students throughout the world, in all disciplines, in the field of terrorism research. Hugo’s paper will be published in STR’s peer reviewed journal Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression in early 2014.

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Interdisciplinary Analyses

Interdisciplinary Analyses of Terrorism and Political Aggression
Available through Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Over the past decade, academics spanning the professional spectrum have begun to unpack the complexity of factors that underlie terrorism and political violence with increased vigor.  The resulting field has begun to yield valuable empirical and theoretical insights into these dynamics, which are now shaping both immediate frameworks for responding to terrorism as well as the broader policy implications for managing this problem in the near and far-term.

Interdisciplinary Analyses of Terrorism and Political Aggression seeks to advance the understanding of terrorism and political violence by disseminating research representing a wide array of professional disciplines for scholars across the globe.  This volume aims to encourage academic discourse and debate, and provide a more complex understanding of the myriad of factors that contribute to terrorism as well as the way in which groups respond to terrorism.

Interdisciplinary Analyses of Terrorism and Political Aggression brings together prominent scholars from the US, the UK, Iran, Australia, Canada, Scotland, Poland, Bulgaria, Italy and Spain, representing a variety of academic disciplines including criminology, psychology, psychiatry, political science, physics, sociology, biology and international relations.  The authors approach the topic of terrorism from various perspectives, and provide the reader with a more nuanced view on issues of terrorism and political violence.

Editors

Daniel Antonius, PhD, is Assistant Professor at New York University School of Medicine, Coordinator for Forensic Sciences and Aggression Research at the Institute for Social and Psychiatric Initiatives (InSPIRES), Co-Editor-in-Chief for Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, and Governing Board member of the Society for Terrorism Research.

Adam D. Brown, PhD, is a Fellow at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Guest Faculty at Sara Lawrence College, Governing Board member of the Society for Terrorism Research, and Associate Editor of Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression.

J. Martín Ramírez, MD, PhD, is the Chairman of Coloquios Internacionales sobre Cerebro y Agresión, Chair of the Spanish Pugwash Movement, a former officer of the International Society for Research on Aggression, and a former International Security Fellow at Harvard University.

Tali K. Walters, PhD, is Assistant Professor at the Tufts Medical School, a senior forensic psychologist in public and private practice, Vice President of the Society for Terrorism Research, and Associate Editor of Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression.

Samuel Justin Sinclair, PhD, is on faculty at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Co-Founder and President of the Society for Terrorism Research, Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, and the developer of the Terrorism Catastrophizing Scale.

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New Book: Conflict, Violence, Terrorism, and Their Prevention

STR Advisory Board members J. Martin Ramirez and Arthur J. Kendall, along with Chas Morrison, anticipate the release of their new book, Conflict, Violence, Terrorism, and Their Prevention, scheduled for publication in 2014. This compilation is derived largely from presentations by scholars at the Society for Terrorism Research 6th Annual International Conference in Burgas, Bulgaria in 2012.

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