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April 2018

Preventing, Interdicting and Mitigating the Impact of Mass Violence through Pre-event Risk Communication

April 19, 2018 - April 20, 2018

A two-day workshop on targeted acts of mass violence.

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Radicalization and Violent Extremism: Risk Factors, Causes and Threat Assessment

April 26, 2018 - April 27, 2018

A two-day workshop on identifying risk factors, causes and drivers of radicalization

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May 2018

Who Pays For War? Economic Inequality, Fiscal Sacrifice, and War Finance Strategies

May 24, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Girvetz 2320, Girvetz Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, 93106 United States
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In this presentation, Chang argues that domestic economic inequality plays an essential role behind war finance choice.

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September 2018

WORKSHOP: REBEL DIPLOMACY II

September 27, 2018 - September 28, 2018

This workshop begins to consider rebels' strategic use of talk and tactical non-violence during civil war, not as a substitute for violence nor exclusively for those civilians over whom rebels exercise authoritative control.

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November 2018

The Psychology of Terrorist Behavior: Where We Are, Where We Need to Be

November 9, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Girvetz 2320, Girvetz Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, 93106 United States
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In this presentation, Professor Horgan explores what we know, and have yet to know, about the processes associated with becoming a terrorist.

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Cheap Talk about a Free Ride: Counterfactuals, Alliances, and U.S.-Philippines Relations

November 15, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Girvetz 2320, Girvetz Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, 93106 United States

Do client countries under-invest in their own defense when they have a powerful patron? Although plausible, the causal mechanisms behind free riding are much more complex than typically acknowledged.

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February 2019

W.Nomikos & Patrick Hunnicut – Global Security Hub Presentation

February 7 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Girvetz 2320, Girvetz Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, 93106 United States
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Please join us for a last minute addition to the Global Security Hub Paper Workshop where we will discuss Will Nomikos and Patrick Hunnicut's paper, "Does UN Peace Enforcement Reduce Violence? Assessing Peacekeeping at the Local Level". As always, we will meet in the Orfalea Center Conference Room (Girvetz 2320). We hope to see you there! "Does UN Peace Enforcement Reduce Violence? Assessing Peacekeeping at the Local Level" Do United Nations peacekeeping operations reduce levels of violence? Cross-national research has…

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March 2019

Research Agendas for the Study of Terrorism Workshop

March 1 - March 2
The Upham Hotel, 1404 De La Vina St
Santa Barbara, CA United States
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The Orfalea Center is bringing together leading scholars of terrorism to focus on research agendas for deepening our collective understanding of terrorism, counterterrorism, media presentations and public perceptions of the problem of terrorism and responses to it.

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May 2019

Governing for Revolution

May 2 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Girvetz 2320, Girvetz Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, 93106 United States
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Abstract:Why do some rebel groups undertake costly, intensive governance projects that trigger resistance and violence, undermine their legitimacy, strengthen rival rebel groups, and even put their own combatants and civilians at risk, while other rebel groups do not? Some rebel groups undertake maximal and intensive governance that is so unpopular, it inflames civilian-led violent resistance against rebel groups, and triggers defections that feed the ranks of rivals. Other rebel groups limit their governance interventions by co-opting pre-existing sociopolitical organizations, efficiently…

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North Korea and Myanmar: Divergent Paths

May 23 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Girvetz 2320, Girvetz Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, 93106 United States
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The stories of North Korea and Myanmar (Burma) are two of Asia’s most difficult. For decades they were infamous as the region’s most militarized and repressed, self-isolated and under sanctions by the international community while, from Singapore to Japan, the rest of Asia saw historic wealth creation. Andray Abrahamian, author of the recent book North Korea and Myanmar: Divergent Paths (McFarland, 2018), examines and compares the recent histories of North Korea and Myanmar, asking how both became pariahs and why Myanmar has…

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