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.
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.”
The horrific bombings in Brussels on Tuesday have left another European city reeling after a terrorist attack. In the aftermath, we asked an interdisciplinary group of faculty members to offer insight into the events.
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.
An interdisciplinary group of five Northeastern faculty experts reacted to and examined last week’s terror attacks in Beirut and Paris at a panel discussion Tuesday night.
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.
Max Abrahms says the Charleston massacre is an act of terrorism. Here, the terrorism theorist and Northeastern assistant professor of political science, explains why, and discusses the distinction between hate crimes and terrorism.
Many militant groups continue to use terrorism despite its political futility. Max Abrahms, a terrorism theorist and newly appointed assistant professor of political science, explains why.
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.
Law professor Deborah Ramirez leads a crusade to use community-based approaches to preventing terrorism.
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.
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.