The al-Qaeda Appeal: Exploring Trends of Domestic Terrorism Through a Geospatial Lens

Authors: Jaime Yarosh*, Bloomsburg University
Topics: Hazards and Vulnerability, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Spatial Analysis & Modeling
Keywords: al-Qaeda, Terrorism, GIS
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Presentation File: Download

In recent years, terrorism has proven to be an increasingly complex global issue. Within the United States, the rise of terrorism has presented unprecedented challenges for law enforcement and intelligence agencies tasked with ensuring the safety of the general population and reducing vulnerability to these hazards. Since September 11, 2001 there has been a rise in United States born citizens sympathizing with and/or pledging allegiance to al-Qaeda. Consequently, perpetrators of these attacks furthered the existing yet dangerous stereotype that specific physical, religious, and geographic characteristics construct a profile of what terrorists are believed to be and appear as. Studies have suggested that this notion has become extremely harmful to the Muslim population living within the United States. While it is exceptionally important to avoid assumptions of a terrorist based on the characteristics above, commonalities between individuals dedicated to al-Qaeda can be analyzed to better understand radicalization and reduce Islamophobic thoughts, actions, and beliefs. This poster presents the findings of social and demographic factors through GIS analysis in efforts to identify geographic trends in al-Qaeda radicalization. The purpose of this study is to use quantitative and qualitative data to explore al-Qaeda radicalization in the United States and assist in the development of effective counter-terrorism and counter-radicalization measures by revealing trends and respective causes for participation.

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