Home Tag "terrorists"

Sisters of Battle: Analyzing Female Terrorists

By Erik Kleinsmith
The attack in San Bernardino, California highlights the role of female terrorists. The presence of women in a terror group is neither a new phenomenon nor limited to any one type of group or role. Female terrorists should NOT be considered an anomaly and they are, in fact, quite common as are some of the particular trends and patterns that can be associated with their presence. Here are tips for the intelligence analyst and police investigator to help them understand the unique aspects of female terrorists and assist with their predictions of future actions of a terror group.

The Evolution of Modern Terrorism

Terrorism was present in America 100 years before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Given this history with terrorism, Dr. James Hess discusses the roots of modern terrorism, the scholarly perspective on the evolution of terrorism, and the importance of understanding the motivations and strategies of terrorists.

The Challenge of Defining Terrorism Around the World

What exactly is terrorism? Those familiar with the study of terrorism know that there is not a universally accepted definition. However, there are many similarities in most accepted definitions. AMU intelligence studies professor Dr. James Hess discusses how the United Nations and United States define terrorism and the key differences between these definitions.

Police Militarization: Reality, Hype, or Natural Evolution?

Tragic events such as the 2014 Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo. and the police-involved death of Eric Garner in New York City has spurred debate about whether or not police departments within the U.S. are becoming more militarized. The emphasis seems to be on the word “more,” implying that militarization is somehow a foregone conclusion and the question is how much more militarized they will become. Are these incidents evidence that police are increasingly militarized?