Graduate Research: Terrorism, Targeted Violence, and Mass Casualty Attacks

Global Affairs M.S. student Kathryn Duffy  developed her research interest in violent extremism through an independent study project facilitated by Professor John Cohen (Rutgers School of Criminal Justice). Her paper, entitled: “Today’s Lone Wolves: A Shift in Perspective” analyzes patterns evidenced in ideologically and non-ideologically motivated attacks conducted both in the U.S. and internationally. Kathryn’s findings through this project and resulting paper were instrumental as a foundation for the recent Rutgers University-sponsored Summit held in Washington, D.C.  This two-day event entitled, “Developing Community-based Strategies to Prevent Targeted Violence and Mass-Casualty Attacks”, co-sponsored by The International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Bipartisan Policy Committee in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice, was attended by over 150 participants from the U.S., the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark. Attendees included members from educational circles, mental health professions, law enforcement officials, community and faith-based leaders, as well as members of international academia. These groups shared thoughts and experiences to further develop guidance strategies within their own communities to address the alarming increase in terrorism, and violent attacks in our society today.

As a result of her attendance at this Summit, Kathryn also recently gave a brief to communicate details of the Washington, D.C. Summit in coordination with Colonel Rick Fuentes, Ph.D., Superintendent of State Police, to a group of over seventy top law enforcement executives at the monthly Corr-Stat meeting. The Corr-Stat initiative is a command-driven, intelligence-led, information-sharing collaboration among agencies located directly in the Route 21 corridor and beyond. Other opportunities that have arisen for Kathryn since the D.C. Conference include the opportunity to share her work with government officials both in the U.S. and European Union.

In the coming months she plans to build on the foundation she has established in this field through the mentorship of Police Institute officials especially Thomas O'Reilly, Executive Director of the Police Institute.

Kathryn Duffy Global Affairs Graduate Student Kathryn Duffy

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