Beto Chair Lecture: Dr. Ami PedahzurThe Next Steps in the Quest for Understanding Terrorism
The Next Steps in the Quest for Understanding Terrorism
Fri Oct 29, 2016
11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom
Dr. Ami Pedahzur is a Professor of Government and the Arnold S. Chaplik Professor in Israel and Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the Founding Director of the Institute for Israel Studies, which pursues research on Israeli social, cultural, political, and foreign relations. His areas of specialty include comparative politics, terrorism, political violence, radicalism, and security studies.
Dr. Pedahzur will discuss results from a study, which investigates the use of terrorist profiles. He suggests that, in addition to identifying the factors that make an individual willing to participate in violent acts, it is important to understand the different roles and functions engaged in by individuals across terrorist groups. To do so, it is critical to develop a real interdisciplinary framework for studying terrorism.
Dr. Pedahzur is the author of several books, including The Triumph of Israel’s Radical Right; Jewish Terrorism in Israel; The Israeli Secret Services and the Struggle Against Terrorism; and Suicide Terrorism. He also published dozens of article in such peer-reviewed journals as International Studies Quarterly, Social Forces, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Deviant Behavior, Terrorism and Political Violence, and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.
Dr. Pedahzur received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Haifa. At UT, Dr. Pedahzur received the Donald D. Harrington Fellowship, the Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teacher Fellowship, and the President’s Association Teaching Excellence Award.
Dr. Pedahzur is currently working on a new book manuscript entitled The Evolution of Special Operations Forces.