March 17th, 2016: Discrimination and Counterterrorism in Syria
"The November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris sparked rhetoric by U.S. political figures targeting Muslims and Syrian refugees, yet such broad-based discrimination is counterproductive when it comes to countering the threat of terrorism. This talk explores why such discriminatory thinking is easy for people to fall into and how it hurts overall counterterrorism efforts, drawing on examples from several countries' historical experiences."
Richard W. Maass is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Evansville. He earned his PhD from the University of Notre Dame and taught international relations at both Notre Dame and Cornell University before joining the UE faculty in 2014. He has published research in International Security, Diplomatic History, Terrorism and Political Violence, and Historical Methods, and he is currently writing a book on annexation and U.S. territorial expansion.