Terrorism Attack Visualization Tool

Dr. Hammad Sheikh developed a Terrorism Attack Visualization Tool* to illustrate all terrorist attacks since 1970**. Data is derived from the START Center’s Global Terrorism Database. You can see the shift from communist terrorism to Islamic terrorism after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Click here to view video. Click here to utilize webapp. *This is…Read More »

Pathways to and from radicalization

Through a series of invitational workshops and our Seminar Series on Political Violence, sponsored by Artis International, researchers are investigating pathways to and from radicalization.  Each seminar focuses on a singular aspect of terrorism. An invited speaker presents on a topic and an in-depth question-and-answer period follows.  For information on upcoming events open to the public,…Read More »

Understanding ‘sacred values’ and the willingness to fight

Commenting on the overwhelming success of the Islamic State and the failure of the Iraq Army, the U.S. National Intelligence Director James R. Clapper stated recently to the Washington Post: “We underestimated the Viet Cong… we underestimated ISIL [the Islamic State] and overestimated the fighting capability of the Iraqi army…. It boils down to predicting…Read More »

Climate Change and Political Violence

In this study, Dr. Charles B. Strozier and Kelly Berkell probe the possibilities of significant forms of political violence—terrorism, civil wars, genocides—that could result in vulnerable societies from the disruptions of climate change. The consequences could be severe and dangerous. The four-year drought in Syria from 2006 to 2010 disrupted the infrastructure of a country…Read More »