Terrorism, Insurgency, and Homeland Security
CISAC researchers are engaged in scholarship dedicated to exploring the nature and organizational structure of international terrorist organizations, and how best to prevent, mitigate, or counter violence committed by non-state actors.
Hegghammer provides testimony to Congress on future of jihadi terrorismCISAC in the news
Terrorism expert and CISAC Zukerman Fellow Thomas Hegghammer provided testimony to the House subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade. The hearing, titled "Global al-Qaeda: Affiliates, Objectives, and Future Challenges," focused on the future of al-Qaeda and related jihadi terrorist groups.
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CISAC Op-ed: Foreign Affairs on July 8, 2013
Syria's civil war, already a microcosm of politics and power in the Middle East, could inflame religious tensions and political differences across the region. Theologian and top Sunni cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi has called for Sunni Muslims worldwide to fight in Syria against Bashar al-Assad, Hezbollah, and Shiite influence. Read more »
CISAC, FSI Stanford News
"The Hornet's Nest," a new documentary about a particularly deadly battle in Afghanistan, gives us a rare look at the front-line work of CISAC military fellow, U.S. Army Col. J.B. Vowell, and the father-and-son team embedded with his battalion.
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CISAC in the news: Chronicle of Higher Education on June 24, 2013
International terrorism has defined the major events of this past decade, yet the academic study of terrorism remains a black sheep at universities. CISAC's Martha Crenshaw and Thomas Hegghammer, along with CISAC Alumni Jake Shapiro and Lisa Stampnitzky, talk about their experiences and why terrorism studies can't find its niche. Read more »
CISAC in the news
Following revelations of the NSA's massive public surveillance program, called PRISM, CISAC cyber and intelligence experts respond with important questions necessary for an informed policy debate, and tell us that terrorists were already aware of increased surveillance. Read more »
Surveillance exposures more of a wake-up call than an alarm to terroristsCISAC in the news: Bloomberg News on June 11, 2013
Former Deputy Director of National Intelligence Thomas Fingar spoke with news websites about the disclosure of U.S. surveillance programs. Fingar said that although these revelations may cause some terrorists to change their behavior, it's likely that they were already aware of increased electronic surveillance.
CISAC in the news
CISAC's Målfrid Braut-Hegghammer explains that when it comes to chemical weapons, Syria is no Iraq. The Assad regime's purported use of chemical weapons could have lasting effects in Syria and across the region. Read more »