It is our pleasure to present the fourth scholarly volume bringing together a unique series of research papers by talented students – participants in the Summer School and the internship program at the Terrorism Research Center (TRC) at Collegium Civitas. The book “Security and Society in the Information Age. Vol. 4” has just been published and is available online under Creative Commons license.
The Security and Society in the Information Age program is organized in Warsaw jointly by Collegium Civitas and SRAS (USA). It is composed of summer school courses, semester or academic year abroad opportunities as well as an optional internship. The courses are devoted to a wide range of historical and security issues – with the region of Central and Eastern Europe serving as a case study. The courses are taught in English by academic experts and practitioners. The program is aimed at ambitious students who are eager to engage in and out of the classroom and want to enhance their competencies and boost their academic and professional careers.
The internship program is organized by the Terrorism Research Center – a leading think-tank and research unit within Collegium Civitas. The main fields of activity of TRC include scientific projects, analytical undertakings as well as raising awareness about security issues in society. TRC focuses on a wide range of security challenges surrounding international terrorism and how to combat it. During the internship, students deepen their knowledge on selected security issues and embark on their own research project, supervised by mentors who are experts at TRC.
In the 2020/2021 academic year, due to the pandemic, it was not possible for the students to physically come to Warsaw. Thus, the program was held online. The students took part in a fully-fledged online course followed by an online research internship at the Terrorism Research Center.
The fourth volume of “Security and Society in the Information Age” presents the results of the internship program. Among the topics discussed this year, you will find issues connected with the most up-to-date threats to national and international peace and stability – and solutions to some of those problems. Young researchers confronted those issues with courage and analytical aptitude. They wrote about current conditions for domestic terrorism in the United States and the risk of radicalization in a post-coronavirus world (Luke Odo); the intersection of terrorism and organized crime (Hayley Sawyer); the impact of religion on suicide terrorism (James Bratton); cybercrime combating (Kylie Heitzenrater); the rise of domestic terrorism in the United States with the emergence of political motives (Jacob Falck) and money as the key to success in terrorism combating (Carissa Huntsberger).
The book can be downloaded in PDF format and is distributed under Creative Commons license: https://figshare.com/articles/book/Security_and_Society_in_the_Information_Age_Volume_4/17913950
Terrorism Research Center: www.civitas.edu.pl/en/research/terrorism-research-center
Security and Society in the Information Age program: www.securityandsociety.org