McCauley to speak on terrorism and the war of ideas

Posted February 27th, 2009 at 1:20 pm.

mccauley_pyramidOn Tuesday, March 4, at 4 p.m. in Thomas 110, Professor of Psychology Clark R. McCauley will offer a talk titled “Political Radicalization: Are We Winning the War of Ideas against Jihadi Terrorism?”  The lecture, sponsored by the President’s Office, is free and open to the public.

McCauley is co-director of the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict co-director of the Homeland Security Department’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Response to Terrorism. An expert on the psychology of terrorism,  he uses a pyramid model of radicalization to argue that sympathy for terrorist goals can be distinguished from support for terrorist attacks. He presents polling data to show how sympathy and support for terrorism can be tracked over time. These data, he argues, suggest that the United States is not winning the war of ideas against jihadist terrorism.

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