Dr. Vesna Markovic

"Dying for the Cause: The Case of the Female Suicide Bomber"
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Marvin K. Peterson Library, Upper Level


The female suicide bomber is not a new phenomenon. Although there were many news reports about this new trend in female suicide bombing, the first suicide bombing carried out by a suicide bomber occurred in Lebanon in April 9, 1985.

This presentation will give a historical background on the use of female suicide bombers, discuss some individual and group motivations for the suicide bombings, and focus on current trends and tactical aspects of suicide bombing.

Biographical Information

Dr. Vesna Markovic is assistant professor and assistant dean in the College of Criminal Justice. Her research interest focus is on terrorism, organized crime and transnational crime. She has worked with the Institute for the Study of Violent Groups (ISVG) for 12 years.

Dr. Markovic has been an invited speaker for various conferences on topics dealing with suicide bombings, particularly female suicide bombers, financing terrorism, as well as drug cartels and courses including the NATO Center of Excellence Defense Against Terrorism (COE-DAT) Defense Against Suicide Bombing courses in Ankara, Turkey since September 2008, and has lectured at various NATO-COE DAT Advanced Training Courses (ATC) in Jordan, Serbia, Montenegro, Algeria and Kyrgyzstan.

She has also lectured on criminal intelligence and transnational crime at the Public Security University in Beijing, China, and the Public Security Bureau, Wuhan, China, November 2006; and taught a criminology course at Zhejiang Police College in Hangzhou, China in 2011. She has also taught classes at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Sam Houston State University, and the University of New Haven and has been providing instruction on violent groups of the world and regional crime issues for the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA), Roswell, NM since October, 2006.


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