The rapidly growing Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism (CTEC) has gained much needed reinforcement with the addition of Deputy Director Kris McGuffie. This position is funded through a generous grant from the Sarah Scaife Foundation.
Since the revitalization and renaming of the Institute’s center dedicated to terrorism research with the fall hiring of Jason Blazakis, CTEC has seen rapid growth in projects and publications. As well as lead strategic development efforts that include fundraising initiatives, McGuffie MANPTS ’19 produces original research and publications and manages research projects and personnel which currently includes over a dozen student and alumni researchers. She is very excited about the core areas upon which the center focuses its research and analysis, including threat finance and sanctions, extremist messaging and terrorist use of the internet, as well as the newly established Special Operations Research Database.
“I am thrilled to be contributing to the creation of professional research roles for MIIS students within extremism, terrorism, and counterterrorism.” McGuffie has an extensive background in editing and writing, along with a passion for sociological research that began when she was an undergraduate student at Middlebury College. “We have a truly unique array of students from all over the world who are passionate about finding tangible ways to minimize the reach of extremist movements and terrorist actors, and it’s exciting to witness the impact our work is having.”
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Professor Jason Blazakis, director of the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism (CTEC), wants to better understand what motivates terrorists to do what they do.
Jason Blazakis will head the newly revitalized center dedicated to terrorism research at the Middlebury Institute, renamed the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism (CTEC).
A gift from Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies student Chuck Woodson ’19 offers a welcome boost to the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism (CTEC) for its current development efforts — specifically, its Special Operations Research Database (SORD).