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Search for a new CTSS Director

UMass Lowell has recently posted online a job ad (copied below) to hire a Professor (or Associate Professor) and Director of our Center for Terrorism and Security Studies.

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PT Special Issue on the Islamic State

The peer-reviewed journal Perspectives on Terrorism has published a special issue on the Islamic State with 14 research articles on various aspects of the organization, in addition to an extensive, specially compiled bibliography on IS.

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Terrorism Lectures, 2nd Edition

http://www.nortiapress.com/portfolio-item/forest/ Click here for information about the new Second Edition of the Terrorism Lectures course textbook.

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Publishing in an Academic Journal

Interesting piece in the Guardian: “How to get published in an academic journal: top tips from editors”
http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/jan/03/how-to-get-published-in-an-academic-journal-top-tips-from-editors

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Report: Lessons from the Hunt for Joseph Kony

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Congrats to CTSS at UMass Lowell

Department of Defense 2014 Minerva grant awards have been announced. UMass Lowell’s Center for Terrorism & Security Studies have received two of them – outstanding!

Here is the formal UMass Lowell CTSS Press Release

See the full list at: http://minerva.dtic.mil/funded.html

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Terrorism Research Conference, Sept. 2014

Click here for information on the 8th Annual International Conference on Terrorism and Counterterrorism (September 17-19, 2014), to be held in Boston and co-sponsored by UMass Lowell’s Center for Terrorism & Security Studies, the Society for Terrorism Research, and UMass Boston.

 

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Countering the al-Shabaab Insurgency in Somalia

JSOU Report: Countering the al-Shabaab Insurgency in Somalia: Lessons for U.S. Special Operations Forces by Graham Turbiville, Josh Meservey, and James Forest

In this report, the authors argue that al-Shabaab’s current prospects have probably never been so low.  This work provides a meaningful context to al-Shabaab and the Somali milieu.  Al Shabaab has been pushed from all of its major strongholds by a robust international effort, and its violent Salafism has alienated many Somalis.  But it still has teeth.  It continues to harass coalition forces, as well as ordinary Somalis, with improvised explosive devices, suicide bombings, and assassinations.  Its tactics reflect a strategic decision made by its leadership to fight a guerrilla war, a familiar role for a group that thrived by waging an anti-Ethiopian insurgency in the emid-2000s.  This monograph is a useful resource for anyone who wishes to know more about the conflict in the Horn of Africa.

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New: Rand report on Terrorist Learning

Breaching the Fortress Wall: Understanding Terrorist Efforts to Overcome Defensive Technologies

by Brian A. Jackson, Peter Chalk, Kim Cragin et al.

Available online at: http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG481.html

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New: 2014 Counterterrorism Calendar from NCTC

The National Counterterrorism Center has published its 2014 Calendar, which you can download at this link:

http://www.nctc.gov/docs/ctCalendar2014.pdf

 

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Perspectives on Terrorism, Vol. 7 no. 6

In this issue of Perspectives on Terrorism we are pleased to present four articles on a variety of timely topics. First, Sarah Marsden offers a comparative analysis of several hundred Arab and Western media sources, highlighting their different conceptualisations of what constitutes ‘success’ and ‘failure’ in the ‘War on Terror’. Second, Iromi Dharmawardhane evaluates several aspects of the post-conflict initiatives in Sri Lanka, and offers recommendations to address shortcomings and persistent challenges. Third, an international team of scholars led by Mark Woodward challenge the perception that the Sufi tradition in Islam has always been tolerant and non-violent while the Salafist tradition is the one consistently associated with intolerance and violence. Finally, Kathleen Deloughery draws from several incident databases to explain how and why simultaneous terrorist attacks are more likely to be successful and cause more fatalities

This issue of the journal also introduces a new Policy Notes section, in which we will publish relatively short pieces containing informed analysis and policy recommendations on a variety of important topics. Josh Meservey inaugurates this section with a timely analysis of Somalia’s safe havens and their critical importance to al-Shabaab. This is followed by a review of international counterterrorism assistance to the Horn of Africa, authored by three senior analysts at the Centre on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation.

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CTSS Audio Brief, No. 1: Terrorist Disengagement

Short primer on terrorist disengagement, by Dr. John Horgan. The first of the new Center for Terrorism and Security Studies audio briefs! http://blogs.uml.edu/ctss/ 

(  also hosted via http://www.terroristbehavior.com/blog/    )

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Perspectives on Terrorism vol. 7, no. 5

The newest issue of the internationally-acclaimed scholarly journal Perspectives on Terrorism is now available online.  Research and analysis by Jeffrey M Bale, Benjamin S. Eveslage, Alexandra Lewis, Paul Kamolnick, and Ely Karmon, along with book reviews, literature search resources, and much more . . .

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Video and Shapiro’s book The Terrorist’s Dilemma

Here’s a great 90 minute video of Jake Shapiro, Bruce Hoffman and Will McCants speaking at an event announcing the release of Jake’s new book, The Terrorist’s Dilemma: Managing Violent Covert Organizations.

http://www.newamerica.net/events/2013/the_terrorists_dilemma

His book systematically examines the structural differences between terrorist groups, discusses the core managerial challenges these groups face, and illustrates how the organizations are affected by their political goals and operational environments.  Shapiro provides a historically-informed explanation for why some groups have little hierarchy, while others resemble miniature firms.  Looking at groups in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America, he highlights how consistent and widespread the terrorist’s dilemma — balancing the desire to maintain control with the need for secrecy — has been since the 1880s. A good read for anyone interested in a higher-level study of terrorist organizations.

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Launch Event Sept 24: Center for Terrorism & Security Studies

See the following link for details on the formal launch of the UML Center for Terrorism and Security Studies. Participants include:

  • Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis III
  • Former National Security Council Deputy for
    Counterterrorism Roger Cressey ‘87
  • National Counter Terrorism Center Deputy
    Director Nicholas Rasmussen
  • FBI Boston Division Special Agent in Charge Vincent B. Lisi
  • Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety Andrea Cabral

http://www.uml.edu/university-relations/evite/2013/SecuritySymposium/index9-18.html

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