The Terrorism Studies Club (TSC) is a student organization at the Monterey Institute of International Studies that seeks to enrich its members through a series of educational, professional, and social events. By providing a positive and multifaceted support environment, the Terrorism Studies Club aims to assist students in fulfilling their highest academic potential and embarking on successful careers as security and counterterrorism professionals.
The Terrorism Studies Club hosts a brown-bag lunch speaker series, sponsored by MonTREP. This series invites professionals in fields related to terrorism studies to give hour-long lunch-time presentations about their career and work in the field.
March 4, 2014, 12:00 - 1:15PM, Morse B105
Dr. Hy Rothstein, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Defense Analysis, and a member of the Center of Terrorism and Irregular War at NPS. He earned a degree in general engineering from the United States Military Academy, a Military Art and Science degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, a Master of Arts degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a Ph.D. in International Relations from Tufts.
Dr. Rothstein will lead a discussion about his research on unconventional warfare, counterinsurgency, psychological warfare, and military deception.
Additionally, Peter Soroka and Marques Wn will be unveiling the Monterey Threat Analysis Platform (MTAP) prior to the MonTREP Conference 2014: Terrorism and Counterterrorism in Africa. Created in partnership with the Bradley Foundation, MTAP seeks to collate and analyze the nexus between terrorist groups and criminal organization through an interactive GIS representation and 3D modeling.
Moreover, because this nexus is interwoven with cultural, environmental, and political influences, MTAP seeks to provide the user with any and all relevant correlates to this issue, including, for example: water scarcity, population density, religious composition, smuggling routes and the area of operations for known terrorist groups.
March 25, 2014, 12:00-1:15PM, Morse B105
Navy Captain (Ret.) Paul Shemella has been working in the Center for Civil-Military Relations at NPS since 1998. His current program focuses on civil-military responses to terrorism of all types. Furthermore, he is the editor and principal author of Fighting Back: What Governments Can Do About Terrorism. Capt. Shemella retired from the Navy in 1996 after a career in Special Operations. During his military service, he planned and executed counterterrorism and counter narcotics operations in Latin America, Europe, and other regions.
Capt. Shemella will discuss his research at NPS and how governments can construct and execute the most effective strategies to combat terrorism - and how they can manage the consequences of those acts of terrorism they cannot prevent.
Ruben Gzirian is a student of counterterrorism, with a particular focus on the security policy of the Russian Federation, and is currently working as a graduate research assistant at the Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program. He is focusing on the North Caucasus region within Russia, as well as the Middle East. Ruben earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2009, where he studied U.S. military policy and constitutional law. Ruben is also interested in cyber security and the role of open-source intelligence (OSINT) in the intelligence community. Professionally, Ruben has a background in Islamic radicalization in the Western Balkans and crowd sourced consultancy. In his free time, Ruben enjoys working out and watching English soccer.
Amaury Crucy is a second semester student in the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies Master program. Originally from Paris, France, Amaury graduated Valedictorian with a B.A in Political Science from BYU-Idaho in July 2013. There he focused on foreign affairs with a regional emphasis on the East-Asian peninsula. As part of his undergraduate studies, he worked as an intern for the European Company for Strategic Intelligence, a private contractor for the French ministry of Defense. At the Monterey Institute for International Studies, Amaury works at the President’s office and the Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Amaury is currently specializing in CBRN terrorism and plans to get a PhD in that field upon completing his masters.
Christopher Cherry (President FA 2013)
Nathan Poffenberger (President, FA 2012 - SP 2013)
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