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"Strategies for Preventing Terrorism" with Tore Bjorjo
Start Date: 12/5/2014Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Date: 12/5/2014End Time: 5:00 PM

Event Description:

Center on Terrorism Friday Seminars:
"Strategies for Preventing Terrorism" with Tore Bjorjo 

When: December 5, 2014
Time: 3 – 5 PM
Location: John Jay College, New Building, L2.84

Our guest is Tore Bjorgo, Professor of Police Science at the Norwegian University College, who will present ideas from his latest book, "Strategies for Preventing Terrorism."  Professor Bjorgo has been at John Jay this semester on a Fulbright Fellowship and actually been attending our seminars, so many of you will recognize him.  In his book, he argues for a holistic approach to countering terrorism. The analysis is based on crime prevention mechanisms as the organizing theoretical concept, identifying nine key preventive mechanisms: normative barriers, reducing recruitment, deterrence, disruption, protecting vulnerable targets, reducing harm, reducing rewards, incapacitation, and facilitating disengagement. The model addresses the measures used to activate these mechanisms, the principal actors in charge of implementing them and their target groups, as well as critically examining the strengths and limitations of the various measures. This model provides a powerful tool for thinking systematically about how to reduce terrorism and other crime problems.

Bjorgo's main fields of research have been political extremism and terrorism; racist and right-wing violence; delinquent youth gangs; disengagement from violent groups; political communication; crime prevention; and policing. He has (co)authored or (co)edited a dozen books, including Racist and Right-Wing Violence in Scandinavia: Patterns, Perpetrators, and Responses (1997); Root Causes of Terrorism (2005); Perspectives of Police Science in Europe (2007); Leaving Terrorism Behind: Individual and Collective Disengagement (2009, co-edited with John Horgan), and Strategies for Preventing Terrorism (2013). He is currently completing a book on crime prevention.

Contact Information:
Phone: 212-237-8433

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