Most of a life ago, my colleagues and I arrived in Sri Lanka as young and curious Canadian World Youth volunteers. This was a period thick with the separatist sentiment in Quebec, and a Sri Lanka with simmering north-south tensions. We were too young, naïve or perhaps self-absorbed in our own struggles to foresee that […]
Let me add my name to the chorus that believes the best way to end the massive displacement taking place in the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador is to help not punish This help though needs to be done differently more strategically and yes with conditions. In my nearly 6 years […]
Was a privilege to have Mike Morrel a 33 year veteran and former acting Director of the CIA brief our joint #DSG and #GMU team on the importance of good data to enable good analysis as part of our Global Terrorism Trends and Analysis Center (GTTAC) work. He also told the group that to do […]
Great to participate in a small group round table on the research from the Globsec on the Pathways to Jihad. Important to get the facts to break the myths and most importantly listen to the signals that incite extremism.
Alan Bersin, former commissioner of Customs and Border Patrol, Vice President of Interpol explains to our group the application of data fusion and machine learning models to target Dark Commerce. Progress is being made in adapting to adversarial approaches.
Was great to spend time with so many friends at the Hemispheric Forum on “Security in the Western Hemisphere”. Many excellent and thankfully short presentations (good trend) including the keynote from Minister of Defenc/se of Ecuador Oswaldo Jarrin Roman. Nice to have Ecuador back in the fold.
Super conference at George Mason University sponsored by the National Science Foundation. What a novel idea; promoting and sharing international science based solutions to some of our most intransigent problems. Once again the presentations were short leaving ample opportunity for lively discussion. Learned a lot.
It was a humbling experience for the joint DSG and GMU teams to meet with and listen to Major General Muniruzzaman from Bangladesh on his country’s tragic history with terror groups. These kinds of interchanges help keep us grounded to the real impact of terrorism beyond mere data and numbers. Many of the issues that […]
Development Services Group, Inc. (DSG) and our partner, the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) at George Mason University, are leveraging our terrorism, science and systems expertise to support the Department of State, Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism. We are building a terrorism open source database that will use advanced machine learning […]
Today, I had the pleasure of attending a discussion on the book Dark Commerce, authored by Dr. Louise Shelley, founder, and director of the school’s Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center at George Mason University, and a long time friend. Dark Commerce provides a startling academic viewpoint as to how large and intrinsic networks of criminal […]