Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
"Multi-Level Modeling of Terrorist Tactics and Support Networks"
The presentation will highlight findings from current research on the way terrorist organizations operate and the underlying networks that support these activities. Beginning with a discussion of how data for this research is collected at the Institute for the Study of Violent Groups, the presentation will demonstrate:
1) Methods for analyzing violence in asymmetric conflicts (terrorist campaigns, insurgencies, and guerilla warfare),
2) An approach for measuring and tracking tactical effectiveness by terrorist organizations worldwide,
3) Techniques to infer culpability for mass-casualty terrorist attacks worldwide, and
4) Analytical approaches for visualizing and understanding terrorist networks The presentation will conclude with a short discussion of ISVG's 2010-2011 research agenda and provide information for how the UNH community can get involved in this exciting research.
Dr. Mabrey is an assistant professor of criminal justice in the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences at the University of New Haven (UNH) where he also teaches in the national security program. In addition to teaching he is the Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Violent Groups (ISVG), which is a research institute at UNH that is currently working on several grants totaling more than $1.7 million for the US Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, US Department of Homeland Security, and US Department of Justice. ISVG has a large open source data collection and analysis program with affiliated partners at several universities and non-profit organizations in the United States to study terrorist, extremist, and transnational criminal activities and organizations. At UNH, ISVG has 6 full time staff members and employs more than 15 students working to produce reports, datasets, and analytical products on the activities of organizations that are committing or threatening political violence worldwide. Related to this work, Dr. Mabrey has travelled to more than 40 countries in the last 8 years and regularly leads study abroad trips to deepen students' understanding of the criminal justice systems and practices abroad. He is actively publishing in the areas of terrorism analysis, intelligence-led policing, and homeland security policy and is the author of Homeland Security: An Introduction with Dr. Richard Ward, the Dean of the Lee College at UNH. Dr. Mabrey holds a doctorate in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University.
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