Our faculty, students, and affiliates are actively engaged in research on international security issues with the goal of informing and influencing analysts, policymakers, and scholars, as well as the public.
Current Working Groups
In this FBI-partnered project, working group members will use open source analysis to explore the Boogaloo Movement within the United States. The Boogaloo Movement is a loosely organized anti-police, anti-government, fringe extremist movement operating within the US. The project will focus on the background of the Movement and the threat it poses to state and national security. The final product (written report and oral briefing) will help compile an open-source dataset of incidents and ongoing activities by the Movement and help build an understanding of motivations and patterns of activity.
Criminal Exploitation of the Covid-19 Pandemic
In this FBI-partnered project, working group members will use open source analysis to explore COVID-19-related fraud. As the United States continues to face the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, criminal actors and illicit markets are capitalizing on the crisis by launching extensive fraud schemes and financing operations. These corrupt services range from antibody testing scams, false vaccines, to the sale of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), increasing the risk and presence of financial criminal activity throughout the US.
South African Non-Violent Protests
South Africa (SA) has a significant tradition of non-violent strategic action being used to effect change. The African National Congress (ANC), for example, only chose the armed route after many decades of peaceful protest action. More recent protest, however, such as the #feesmustfall campaign and community service delivery protests, appear to resort to violence as a matter of course, often with destruction of property and injury to people. This working group will be to examine the reasons for this change from the perspective of the non-violent traditions of Martin Luther King and Mahatma Ghandi.
Do terrorists learn from information and experience, and, if so, how does this occur? What are the implications of terrorist learning for the governments and societies they attack with political violence?
This working group project seeks to answer these and other questions by studying a sample of approximately one hundred and twenty memoirs written by terrorists representing a wide range of groups, countries, and ideologies.