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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on Law and Justice
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Roundtable on Social and Behavioral Sciences and Terrorism


Project Scope


The Committee on Law and Justice proposes to establish a new roundtable on terrorism, whose activities will be conducted in conformance with the institution's policy and procedures. The roundtable will host discussions on the new or stateless terrorism. Because terrorism continues to be a rare event, methods of studying it are often either case studies, comparative analysis, or individual interviews with terrorists. Since September 11th, a review of behavioral and social science research suggests a number of related research areas that, in conjunction with existing literature on terrorism, would be helpful in understanding the current threats facing the United States. In addition, research used to inform other policy interventions such as illegal drug policy and efforts to combat transnational crime can be reviewed for relevance not only because the problem of terrorism possesses many similarities to these other areas but also because there are important points of juncture where terrorism engages in and therefore becomes a part of these activities themselves. 

The roundtable will host a series of meetings on predetermined topics, and the roundtable will include members from relevant government agencies serving ex officio. The Forum on Terrorism will solicit background papers and circulate them to forum members and to sponsors in advance of forum meetings. A transcript of the discussion at public forum meetings will also be provided to sponsors. The Forum will coordinate with other work being launched by the NAS on the subject of terrorism. Specifically, the Forum will invite members of other committees to attend its meetings, and will seek to work closely with the DBASSE panel on terrorism, chaired by Neil Smelser and directed by Faith Mitchell.


Committee Members

Michael Chertoff, (Co-Chair), U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Philip B. Heymann (Co-Chair), Harvard Law School
Akbar Ahmed,American University
Norman M. Bradburn, (Ex Officio), The University of Chicago
Frank Cilluffo, Department of Homeland Security
Martha Crenshaw,Stanford University
Deborah J. Daniels, (Ex Officio), U.S. Department of Justice
Jeffrey A. Fagan, Columbia University, School of Public Health
Baruch Fischhoff, IOM, Carnegie Mellon University
Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Columbia University
Robert M. Groves, NAS/IOM, Georgetown University
Jimmy Gurule, Ex Officio, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Sandra Hart, Ex Officio, NASA Ames Research Center
Sarah V. Hart, Ex Officio, National Institute of Justice
Bruce Hoffman, The RAND Corporation
Lilia Labidi, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Daniel S. Nagin, Carnegie Mellon University
Richard Nakamura, Ex Officio, National Institute of Mental Health
Thomas C. Schelling, NAS/IOM, University of Maryland, College Park
Malcolm Sparrow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Francis X. Taylor, Ex Officio Member, General Electric Company
Anthony J. Tether, Ex Officio, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency 

Committee Staff

Carol V. Petrie, Staff Officer, National Research Council
Kathleen J. Frydl, Staff Officer, National Research Council 

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