What We're Reading
May 2019 | Dr. John Horgan

RESOLVE Research Advisory Council member Dr. John Horgan presents this month’s must-reads.

“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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Article
Our Incel Problem
Zack Beauchamp
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In the late 1990s, a lonely teenager on the West Coast fired up his dial-up modem to find someone to talk to. He was a shy kid, too introverted to feel fully comfortable in the real world...
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Extremists Online: How a Troll Becomes a Terrorist
Molly Wood
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Radicalism, terrorism, and hatred of perceived "others" are, sadly, as old as humanity. But the internet--social media platforms in particular--has proven to be the perfect delivery mecha...
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After Christchurch, Commentators Are Imitating Sebastian Gorka
Graeme Wood
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A funny thing happened after the tragedy of Christchurch: Everyone discovered, all at once, that ideology matters. Four years ago, commentators were contorting themselves to attribute jih...
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Preventing Violent Extremism in the UK: Public Health Solutions
Faculty of Public Healthy
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The 'Preventing violent extremism in the UK: Public health solutions' report urges public services to work together to tackle the broader risk factors for involvement in violent extremism...
Article
“Get Out While You Can”
Rosie Gray
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Once notorious for her racist and bigoted tweets, Katie McHugh saw the dark insides of the white nationalist movement.
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The Fragility of the Good Friday Peace: The Persistence of Terrorism in Northern Ireland
Aaron Edwards
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The murder of a journalist, a recent car bombing in Northern Ireland, and a series of parcel bombs sent to key transport hubs in London and to the University of Glasgow have raised the sp...
Publication
New Zealand Journal of Psychology
Marc Wilson (editor)
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Today, the day of publication of this issue of the New Zealand Journal of Psychology marks the one-month anniversary of the terror attack on Al Noor and Linwood Mosques in Christchurch. W...
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Should ISIS brides and children return to their home nations?
Dominique Soguel
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When erstwhile members of ISIS are left adrift, should a society keep them at arm's length, or reengage to rehabilitate or prosecute them? And what of their children? Much of the West is ...