To "Margaret", who posted this comment somewhere else on the web, wondering if CTlab is part of the Obama Administration's public outreach program: no, we're not. We like to think the White House reads us, but other than that, we're…
Our friends over at the Danger Room report on the Pentagon's move to shut down "Mullah FM," a pirate radio station run by Mullah Fazlullah in Pakistan's northwestern frontier. Other pirate radio stations in the region are targets as well. The Taleban there has used radio as a means of propagandising, terrorising, intimidating, and consolidating its control over the region
This has just come across our desk here at CTlab; the Conflict Research Society and Conflict Analysis Research Centre at the University of Kent in the UK will be hosting hosting a conference in September, entitled: "Conflict and Complexity, II: Theory, Evidence, and Practice."
Back to our regular non-symposium blogging schedule... Not since Hoffman and Sageman went at it has terrorism studies seen a public bitch-slapping quite like this. OK, so it's only been a year or so, but come to think of it, I haven't read anything quite this harsh since Daniel Jonah Goldhagen tried to convince us all that Germans are just genocidal freaks. In the latest issue of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, David Martin Jones (University of Queensland) and M.L.R. Smith (King's College London), write in "We're All Terrorists Now: Critical - Or Hypocritical - Studies "On" Terrorism", about the new school of "critical terrorism studies" based out of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth: