Bruce Hoffman, a tenured professor in Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he directs security studies, will be a Keynote Speaker at this year’s STR International Conference. He has been studying terrorism and insurgency for over four decades. Hoffman is also visiting Professor of Terrorism Studies at St Andrews University, Scotland. He previously held the Corporate Chair in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency at the RAND Corporation.
Hoffman was appointed by the U.S. Congress as a commissioner on the 9/11 Review Commission and has been Scholar-in-Residence for Counterterrorism at the Central Intelligence Agency; adviser on counterterrorism, Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad, Iraq; and, adviser on counterinsurgency, Multi-National Forces-Iraq Headquarters, Baghdad, Iraq.
Hoffman’s books include The Evolution of the Global Terrorist Threat (2014); Anonymous Soldiers (2015); and, Inside Terrorism (3rd edition, 2017).
Pennsylvania State University Liberal Arts Research Professor of Political Science James Piazza, will be a Keynote Speaker at this year’s STR International Conference. Professor Piazza received his PhD from New York University in 1999. His research and teaching focus on terrorism, its causes and consequences.
He has authored over 30 publications on terrorism. His research tests theoretical and policy arguments about what prompts, shapes and results from terrorist attacks and activities using empirical analysis. His work has investigated a number of specific topics, including the economic, social and political roots of terrorism, the interplay between repression, human rights violations and terrorism, the relationship between state weakness and failure and terrorism, and natural resources and the narcotics trade and terrorism.
His current research examines how engagement in criminal activities affects terrorist group longevity, ethnic diaspora groups and terrorism and foreign military interventions and terrorism. At Penn State, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on terrorism and is helping to develop a new Counterterrorism option for the online Homeland Security Masters of Professional Studies program.
STR is pleased to announce its 11th Annual International Conference, Emerging Threats and Trends in Terrorism and Counterterrorism. This year’s 11th International Annual Conference will be held 14-15 August in New York and hosted by New York University.
For more information please see the STR International Annual Conference page.
STR is pleased to announce details of its first conference in 2017, Current Themes in the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence. This year’s Postgraduate Conference will be held on 9 June in Belfast (Northern Ireland) and hosted by Ulster University.
Dr David Strachan-Morris (University of Leicester) an expert in intelligence and security will deliver the keynote address.
For the Call for Papers, please visit the STR 2017 Postgraduate Conference page.
Noreen van Elk, who is studying at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, won the Best Student Paper Prize at the Society for Terrorism Research’s inaugural Postgraduate Conference for her paper, “Terrorism and the good life: toward a virtue-ethical framework for morally assessing terrorism and counter-terrorism.”
The Best Student Paper Prize promotes the work of postgraduate students throughout the world, in all disciplines, in the field of terrorism research. Noreen’s paper will be published in STR’s peer reviewed journal Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression in 2017.
The Society for Terrorism Research, The School of Sociology and Social Policy, The Centre for Conflict, Security and Terrorism at The University of Nottingham are pleased to announce the inaugural Postgraduate Conference, Emerging Developments in the Study of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism, to be held on 7 June, 2016 at the University of Nottingham.
STR is pleased to announce that it will hold two conferences in 2016.
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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.
Dr Tore Bjørgo, a Professor of Police Science at the Norwegian Police University College (PHS) and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), delivered 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.
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