Dr. Mary Beth Altier
Dr. Mary Beth Altier is a Clinical Associate Professor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs where she directs the Transnational Security concentration and Initiative on Emerging Threats. Her research interests are in political violence, political behavior, nationalism, ethnic conflict, and international security. She has over ten years’ experience researching the disengagement and reintegration of violent extremists. Dr. Altier’s other research focuses on popular support for political violence, and armed parties in particular, in developed and developing democracies. That research received the American Political Science Association’s Ernst B. Haas Award and the European Politics and Society Section’s Best Paper Award. She has published in a number of journals including the Journal of Peace Research, Security Studies, Terrorism and Political Violence, and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and serves on the Editorial Board of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression. Dr. Altier has presented her research to various government audiences and international organizations including NATO and the UN and has published or is quoted in media outlets including The Washington Post, Lawfare, USA Today, and WIRED. She received her PhD and MA in Politics from Princeton University and BAs in Mathematics and History from Drew University.
Almost two years after the promulgation of the VDP law, what impact do these civilian auxiliaries have on the overall crisis, the local conflict dynamics, and the situation faced by civilian populations in affected regions?
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Within counter-terrorism, there is little attention given to left-wing extremism. Van Dongen analyses why this phenomenon exists and whether it is justified.