Growth Areas for Terrorist Cells

On November 11, 2010, Professor Bill Banks of  the Mapping Global Insecurity (MGI) team at Syracuse University addressed the National Strategy Forum on the topic of “black spots.”  The event titled “Growth Areas for Terrorist Cells” was recently broadcast on C-SPAN at the link here.

In addition, the Bill Banks Event Summary is also available on the recent speakers page of the National Strategy Forum website.

Black spots are a unique phenomenon affecting U.S. national security.  Traditional tools employed by the intelligence community often fail to identify these clandestine hot spots for crime and terrorism.  The MGI team is using a unique set of social science tools to study these areas and to provide an early warning system to forecast where the next area of instability is likely to emerge.

In the Fall 2010 National Strategy Forum Review, Dr. Bartosz Stanislawski, a director of the MGI research program, wrote about this fascinating research field.  Dr. Stanislawski’s article, titled “Mapping Global Insecurity,” describes how to identify, analyze, and forecast where these emerging security threats may develop around the world.

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  1. Breeding Grounds for Terrorism and Transnational Crime « National Strategy Forum Blog Says:

    […] and where to look for it is key to this process.  A team of analysts at Syracuse University’s Global Black Spots—Mapping Global Insecurity Project (GBS-MGI) is developing a new research methodology that goes beyond the traditional state level analysis to […]

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