“It is critical that we reject simplistic explanations, whether they focus on access to mental health care, or the spread of dangerous political ideologies, or access to guns. There is no single variable that explains why this terrible massacre occurred, and so there will be no single answer.”
Professor Woodward tells the stories of fifteen terrorists representing nine different Boston-area institutions of higher learning whose crimes span the past 100 years.
“Perhaps surprisingly, the most effective strategies don’t involve persuasion or debate. Sometimes compassion, empathy, and connection can convert someone who is on the precipice of violence.”
Professor Stern joined fellow experts to explore how the U.S. should deal with terrorism in the aftermath of its military withdrawal from Afghanistan and best deal with allies and adversaries abroad in order to secure its security interests.
In his remarks, Ambassador Heine offers insight into the state of U.S. public opinion on the global terrorist threat and the feeling in the United States as the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches.
Pardee School Professor emeritus Andrew Bacevich discusses the state of American security 20 years after 9/11 and President Biden’s decision to pull troops from Afghanistan.
“The actual issues given by Trump and Pompeo…would normally be dealt with by diplomacy if the country were any other but Cuba.”
“The siege of the Capitol came close to being far worse…We must be proactive to prevent far-right domestic terrorism from going nuclear in this country.”
Professor Stern discussed whether the January 6 attack on the Capitol was an act of terrorism, what motivated those behind the attack, and what she feels can be done to prevent further violence.
“President Trump doesn’t say go out and attack the Capitol but he is encouraging people to believe that the election was stolen.”
Dean Adil Najam was interviewed on New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s response to recent terror attacks on mosques in the country.
Prof. Jessica Stern discusses ISIS and terrorism inspired by religion.
Dean Adil Najam comments on the high political drama of terrorism financing at FATF.
Prof. Jessica Stern, one of the country’s leading terrorism experts, spoke as part of a webinar organized by the Boston University Loyalty Society.
Prof. Jessica Stern discusses the aftermath of the recent terror attack on London Bridge.
Dean Adil Najam discusses the recent terror attack on London Bridge as authorities continue to identify suspects.
Prof. Jessica Stern discusses how terrorist attacks can cause “spiritual dread” and lead us to overestimate the risk posed to us by terrorism.
Prof. Jessica Stern discusses the likelihood of future terrorist attacks on soft targets following the Manchester arena bombing.
Prof. Joseph Wippl discusses the political opportunity presented by the upcoming meeting of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS.
Prof. Jessica Stern discusses the motivation of violent extremists, and the logic that leads people into being recruited by terrorist organizations.