The terror in Nice and security across the EU

France is reeling from its third major attack in 19 months after a lone ter­rorist sped a truck into a crowd of people gath­ered to watch Bastille Day fire­works. The attack killed at least 84 people and injured more than 200 others. We asked North­eastern experts to ana­lyze these types of “lone wolf” ter­rorist attacks, the media’s use of graphic footage from the scene, and what the terror in Nice could mean for the Euro­pean Union’s secu­rity procedures.

3Qs: When hate and terror collide

Was the mas­sacre at a gay night­club in Orlando on Sunday morning a hate crime or an act of ter­rorism? Both, according to Gor­dana Rabren­ovic, director of Northeastern’s Brud­nick Center on Vio­lence and Con­flict, who char­ac­ter­ized the attack as a “mass shooting that sin­gled out a par­tic­ular group of people.”

Northeastern professor testifies at House hearing on countering terrorism financing

Nikos Passas, an inter­na­tional finan­cial crime expert, was on Capitol Hill Wednesday telling mem­bers of a House Finan­cial Ser­vices Com­mittee task force that the global threat of trade-​​based money laun­dering is serious but that effec­tive responses are within reach.

Fashion, terrorism, and New York City

Alex Gilvarry’s award-​​winning satire From the Mem­oirs of a Non-​​Enemy Com­batant fol­lows Boy Her­nandez, a Fil­ipino fashion designer and Guan­tanamo Bay detainee. On Tuesday, Gilvarry dis­cussed his book with first-​​year stu­dents who read the novel as part of the university’s First Pages program.

3Qs: Analyzing the cybersecurity threat posed by hackers

Themis Papa­george, an asso­ciate clin­ical pro­fessor of com­puter and infor­ma­tion sci­ence, exam­ines the cyber­se­cu­rity threat posed by al-​​Qaida and Anony­mous, a global group of hackers.

3Qs: The mindset behind mass murder

Last week’s ter­rorist attack in Norway stunned that nation and the world. We asked Jack Levin, the Brud­nick Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Soci­ology and Crim­i­nology at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, who spe­cial­izes in the study of vio­lence and hate, to dis­cuss the mindset of the accused killer and the poten­tial for changes in Norway’s judi­cial system, which imposes rel­a­tively lenient sen­tences for brutal crimes.

3Qs: Train safety on track, but at what cost?

Sen­ator Charles Schumer called for increased Amtrak secu­rity and sug­gested that a “do-​​not-​​ride” list, sim­ilar to the no-​​fly list used in air­ports, be imple­mented to pre­vent sus­pected ter­ror­ists from boarding trains. Engi­neering pro­fessor Carey Rap­pa­port, the deputy director of Northeastern’s ALERT Center (Aware­ness and Local­iza­tion of Explosives-​​Related Threats), explains the fea­si­bility and effec­tive­ness of a nation­wide rail secu­rity system and dis­cusses public reaction.