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Jan. 17, 2019

Owl in the Olive Tree post on "Engaging Overseas: Lessons from Afghanistan and Beyond"

Minerva-funded researchers Eli Berman and Jacob N. Shapiro Owl in the Olive Tree blog post on "Engaging Overseas: Lessons for Afghanistan and Beyond":"President Trump’s announcement of further troop reductions in Afghanistan raises a substantive question. To what end are US forces engaged at all, after 17 years of a conflict that remains

Dec. 25, 2018

Artificial Intelligence and the Military: Technology Is Only Half the Battle

Horowitz, Michael, and Casey Mahoney. 2018. Artificial Intelligence and the Military: Technology Is Only Half the Battle. War on the Rocks. December 25.

Dec. 17, 2018

Owl in the Olive Tree post on "Radicalism and Cultural Homelessness"

Minerva-funded researchers Sarah Lyons-Padilla and Michele J. Gelfand submit the first Owl in the Olive Tree blog post on their research into "Radicalism and Cultural Homelessness". "Events like the 2015 Paris attacks, the 2015 San Bernardino shootings, the 2016 Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting, the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and others since are seared into our memories. While many details of these attacks were different, they do have a striking commonality: these attacks were perpetrated by immigrant residents or citizens of the targeted country. Such tragedies raise a puzzling question: what would make someone turn against their own country?..." Read more

March 2, 2017

Minerva Researcher Generates New Database of Jihadist Activities with Indicators for Identifying and Tracking Radicalization

Jytte Klausen, a Minerva-funded researcher at Brandeis University, has compiled a unique comprehensive database of networks and activities of Western Jihadists through an innovative integration of new interview techniques, media analytics, and network modeling, enabling identification of previously unknown relationships among radicalization

Feb. 24, 2017

Scott Atran analyses the limits of rational choice in political and cultural conflict

Scott Atran. 2017. Scott Atran analyses the limits of rational choice in political and cultural conflict.

Feb. 17, 2017

Minerva researchers develop Rebel Contraband Dataset

Minerva researchers Justin Conrad, Beth Elise Whitaker, and James Igoe Walsh (University of North Carolina - Charlotte) have developed the first-ever Rebel Contraband Dataset as part of their Minerva-funded research. The dataset provides new and regularly updated annual data on rebel activities and control of natural resources and other illicit

Feb. 17, 2017

J Is For Jihad: How The Islamic State Indoctrinates Children With Math, Grammar, Tanks, and Guns

Robbie Gramer. 2017. J Is For Jihad: How The Islamic State Indoctrinates Children With Math, Grammar, Tanks, and Guns. Foreign Policy. February 16.

Feb. 6, 2017

The American Face of ISIS

A Special Report of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

Feb. 3, 2017

Rethinking the War on Terror, with the help of science

Robert Gebelhoff. 2017. Rethinking the War on Terror, with the help of science. Washington Post. February 3.

Feb. 2, 2017

Do Women Matter to National Security?

Monkey Cage, Washington Post. February 2.

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