What We're Reading
May 2019 | Dr. John Horgan
“This past month I have read many articles addressing a variety of topics on terrorism. It can be challenging to highlight the most memorable ones, but this list reflects a series of pieces that really made me think deeply about their content. Their diversity mirrors the complex and dynamic character of today’s terrorism, while my focus on some of them reflects new directions for my research. At Georgia State University, I am about to launch a major new research project into the growing threat of Incel-related violence, so Zack Beauchamp’s excellent piece for Vox was of great interest. We continue to see more commentary on public health approaches to countering violent extremism, and the recent report by Public Health Wales covers these issues in detail. Graeme Wood’s piece on Christchurch is a reminder of how inconsistent our treatment of ideology is. As a psychologist, I am always on the lookout for psychological approaches to terrorism—the recent issue of the New Zealand Journal of Psychology has some terrific analysis on a range of issues that might help us better understand those tragic events.”
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