ABSTRACT: How has U.S. thinking about terrorism and counterterrorism changed since 9/11? Salient developments include doubts about the value of war and "kinetic responses" to terrorism, about the possibility of identifying a common path or profile of radicalization, and about the importance of ideology. As well, there has been increasing attention to homegrown threat, "left of the boom" radicalization mechanisms, and deradicalization programs. Research has yet to elucidate the role of emotions in radicalization and deradicalization, the conditions under which the behavior of a few is attributed to the identity group they came from, and the relation between mass radicalization of opinion and behavioral radicalization of the few.
Bio: Dr. McCauley is Rachel C. Hale Professor of Sciences and Mathematics and co-director of the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at Bryn Mawr College. He received his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970. He is co-author of Why not kill them all? The logic and prevention of mass political murder (Princeton, 2006), co-author of Friction: How radicalization happens to them and us (Oxford, 2011), and founding editor of the journal Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward Terrorism and Genocide.Thursday October 6th, 12:00 PM in Room 610T