Center for Terrorism and Security Studies

CTSS Speaker Series

Preventing Terrorism: A Comprehensive Approach

Prof. Tore Bjørgo

Date: Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
Time: 5 to 7 p.m. 
Location: UMass Lowell - South Campus - Weed Lecture Hall #2

In his talk, Tore Bjørgo, Ph.D. will present some ideas from his new book “Strategies for Preventing Terrorism”, where he develops a general and holistic model for preventing crime and applies it to terrorism. He identifies nine preventive mechanisms and demonstrates how a wide range of measures can be applied to activate each of these preventive mechanisms. He argues that a comprehensive strategy for preventing terrorism should make use of the entire toolbox of measures and mechanisms rather than relying only on a narrow range of repressive and controlling measures, as characterized the first years of the War on Terror.


Bjørgo is a Professor at the Norwegian Police University College. He is a leading expert on processes of engagement in and disengagement from terrorism and violent extremism, and preventive strategies. Among his books are Terror from the Extreme Right (1995), Root Causes of Terrorism (2005), Leaving Terrorism Behind: Individual and Collective Disengagement (2009) and, most recently, Strategies for Preventing Terrorism (2013). 

This event is free and open to the public.