As a continuation of this website’s support for this year’s National Preparedness Month 2011, and for many of our readers who participate on committees delegated to promote policies and a better understanding of the origins, dynamics, and social and psychological impacts of terrorism, our staff would like to present for review some of the recent output from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START).

As you will notice on their website, START is actually a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence based at the University of Maryland and is a great resource made available to everyone for both reference and for keeping on top of current developments in the area of terrorism and how to best respond to those terrorist activities.

Recently START released its 2011 Research Review report which does a good job in trying to summarize, analyze and explain a range of topics relevant to current terrorism and counterterrorism issues and summarizes research projects completed by START investigators and research writers, who offer in this report, a quick summary of the project findings discovered in each of their reports.

The 10 featured research projects in the 2011 Research Review include:

  • “Terrorism vs. Protest: Stimulating Individual Decision-making via Online Experiments”- Anthony Lemieux and Victor Asal
  • “Trajectories of Terror: Islamic Radicalization in North America”- Gary Ackerman and John Sawyer
  • “Jokers Wild: Understanding the Influence of Service Provision on Popular Support for and Participation in Violent Political Groups”- Shawn Flanigan
  • “IED I.D.- Understanding Terrorist Bomb Attacks and Improvised Explosive Device Usage”- Margaret Wilson, Gary LaFree and Richard Legault
  • “Wicked Web: Social Network Analysis for Combating Islamic and Arab Terrorist Networks”- Victor Asal and R. Karl Rethemeyer
  • “Cause and Effect: Terrorism and Counterterrorism in Israel and Palestinian Territories”- Arie Kruglanski, Laura Dugan and Erica Chenoweth
  • “Against the Clock: Measuring Intervention Success in Terrorist Activity”- Kelly Damphousse, Bent Smith and Summer Jackson
  • “Terror’s Legacy: Quantitative Index of the Public Health Impacts of Terrorism”- Kathleen Sherrieb and Fran Norris
  • “The Missing Piece: Citizen Engagement in Public Health Planning”- Monica Schoch-Spana
  • “Clear, Calm, Collected: Communicating Effectively During Times of Threat”- Elaine Vaughan, Hamilton Bean, Kathleen Smarick and Dennis Mileti

Click here to read an online version of this report.

In addition, START has made available another report titled “Background Report, 9/11 Ten Years Later” — Click here  to read this report.

This information is a great reference resource, not to ignored, and certainly one that comes to mind in this year’s NPM 2011 theme….”A Time to Remember, A Time to Prepare”.

If applicable, please pass this information on to those business continuity, crisis management and disaster preparedness team members in your organization as well as to those local community team members who may need updated information for their counter terrorism strategies. 

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