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Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Society for Terrorism Research

11th Annual International Conference

14-15 August, 2017
8:30 am – 8:00 pm Eastern Time

Local Organizer:
New York University’s Center for Global Affairs
New York City, NY, United States

Eisner & Lubin Auditorium
NYU Kimmel Center of University Life
60 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012-1019  United States


Download the STR 2017 Conference Information Package (PDF-1.6MB)

The Conference Information Package contains up to date information on the venue, travel logistics, accommodations,
and highlights and a map of New York City.


Download the STR 2017 Final Conference Programme (PDF-500k)

Please note, posted on 9, August 2017, this is the Final Conference Programme.


Download the STR 2017 Conference Presenter Abstracts as a PDF (PDF-540k)



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Call for Papers:

The Society for Terrorism Research and New York University’s Center for Global Affairs announce the Call for Papers for the 2017 11th Annual International Conference – Emerging Threats and Trends in Terrorism and Counterterrorism.

Proposals for paper presentations, symposia, posters and other formal sessions will be considered for inclusion in the programme if they are received by 15 May, 2017.

The Call for Papers deadline for submissions was closed on: 15 May, 2017.


  • Papers, Symposia, Posters, and Round-Table Proposals: 15 May 2017
  • Notification of Acceptance: 1 June 2017
  • Early Bird Conference Payment: 15 June 2017
  • Student Paper Contest Submission: 1 July 2017

This information is included in the downloadable 11th Annual STR Conference – Call for Papers and Student Competition document (pdf).

All submissions and enquiries should be sent via email to Dr. Mary Beth Altier, Dr. Jeff Thompson and Dr Lyndsey Harris at .

About This Year’s Conference:

Keynote Speaker Professor Bruce Hoffman

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).

Keynote Speaker Professor James Piazza

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.


Emerging Threats and Trends in Terrorism and Counterterrorism

The world is becoming increasingly complex and interconnected as a result of globalization and technological change. Catalytic events are often unpredictable and unprecedented. So too are the ways in which terrorists adapt and exploit security vulnerabilities, geopolitical situations, and new technology.

How can the intelligence community, policymakers, and practitioners anticipate and prepare for these changes especially when confronted with limited resources?

The problem is especially acute with regards to counterterrorism (CT) where agencies are confronting an influx of returning foreign fighters, potentially new methods of targeting and attack, a relatively large number of “radicalized” individuals only some of whom will engage in terrorism, and uncertainty about the future of the global jihadi movement and the rise of far right terrorism. This year’s conference theme asks participants (scholars and practitioners) to consider what terrorist threats or trends may be on the horizon and our counterterrorism response.

This call is open to researchers and practitioners alike.

In addition to our goal of showcasing the best examples of new research on terrorism, our theme this year, “Emerging Trends and Threats in Terrorism and Counterterrorism” offers an opportunity to explore a series of pressing issues between those who conduct academic research on terrorism and those who are tasked with responding to it.


Please submit your proposal in MS Word format as an attachment to an email addressed to .

For all proposals include (where applicable):

  • Author/Presenter Name(s)
  • Title(s)
  • Mailing Address(es)
  • Email Address(es)
  • Telephone
  • Fax
  • Website URL
  • Abstract and Title (Abstract Limit – 500 words)

Biographical information and the abstract provided will be published in the conference programme unless otherwise requested.

Special Symposia Instructions:

  • Submit symposium abstract identifying the moderator, with the name of each presenter, and topic of each presentation.
  • Each symposium participant will email their contribution’s abstract, identifying in which symposium they will present.

Round Table Discussions:

The organising committee plans to facilitate smaller round-table discussions during the conference. Please send your suggestions for these discussions to the organising committee at

Student Paper Competition:

The organising committee wishes to promote the work of graduate students throughout the world, in all disciplines, in the field of terrorism research. Toward this goal, all paper presentations submitted by graduate students will be eligible for the honour of Best Student Paper. The winner of the Best Student Paper will have their written paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression. The recipient of this award will be decided by a committee comprising STR Governing Board members, editors of the journal, and selected terrorism experts.

The author(s) must initially submit an abstract on the general submission date of 15 May, 2017. At the time of abstract submission they must indicate that they wish for their paper to be considered for the Student Paper Contest. It is only after their abstract is accepted that competition entrants should send a full paper to the conference organisers. All those papers eligible for consideration must be submitted by 1 July 2017. This paper must comply with the author guidelines for the journal. These guidelines can be found on the journal’s website:


The primary author’s presentation of the paper at the Conference in New York 14-15 August 2017 is required.


The primary author is a current graduate student (students who have obtained their undergraduate degree) studying/training through a college/university.


The primary author has successfully completed her/his graduate studies/training since 1 January 2017.

This information is included in the downloadable 11th Annual STR Conference – Call for Papers and Student Competition document (pdf).


All registration information, including fees and how to register online, is now available through this link to New York University.

The Earlybird rate is $280 until 18:00 GMT June 15, 2017, after this date/time the conference fee (Standard) is $350 – these rates include lunch, coffee, two receptions and membership of STR for 2017.

There is a separate postgraduate rate of $220 and a separate government/UN employee rate of $290, which includes lunch, coffee and two receptions (proof of eligibility will be required at check-in).

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