Olivia Kearney is an Intern at the ICCT, primarily assisting with research gathering for Mali (Dis-) Engagement and Re-Integration related to Terrorism (MERIT).
Olivia is completing an M.Sc. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Leiden University and holds a B.A. in Economics from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee (USA). Her Master’s thesis works to critically assess the Travel Ban that was recently instituted in the United States, with the notion of latent dysfunction in mind. Through a comparison with various other policies, her intent is to create a framework in which the Travel Ban can be critically analyzed for both its unintended consequences as well as potential hidden agendas.
Prior to joining ICCT, Olivia interned with the Memphis Police Department in their Real Time Crime Center working to track criminal hotspots. Through recording and analyzing this data, officers could then be more efficiently deployed. Furthermore, she also spent two years developing her business skills as a Real Estate Investment Analyst at RTG Capital, LLC in Dallas, TX.
With a passion for human behavior and decision making, she then turned her focus to the pathways of radicalization and potential de-radicalisation and reintegration avenues.
In the past several years, the United States has witnessed a concerning rise in far-right extremism and terrorist violence. Attackers in Oak Creek, Charleston, and Pittsburgh emerged from an increasingly emboldened radical right, which has grown in size and ambition in recent years. The Atomwaffen Division—a small, neo-Nazi terrorist organisation—is part of this movement. This […]
On the night of 26 November 2008, ten Kalashnikov-wielding terrorists attacked Mumbai. They stuck simultaneously at five locations, shooting dead 140 Indians and 25 foreign tourists. American and British passport-holders were executed in two luxury hotel complexes. At a Jewish cultural centre, Israeli nationals were tortured before being killed. A fourth location, a café frequented […]
Introduction In recent years, there has been much debate over the role organised crime plays in the commission of terrorism, and vice versa. In this Perspective, I explore the dichotomy that exists between the contention that organised criminals and terrorists are exceptionally similar, against the counterargument that their strategic aims (that is, profit versus political […]