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Victor Asal

The reasons organizations choose to start using violence. Why some organizations choose certain tactics instead of others. The relationship between governmental behavior and the choice of violence.

The World Within Reach
Victor Asal, *
Associate Professor
 

Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
*Jointly Appointed with CEHC
Department: Political Science

Address:
Milne Hall 300B
Phone:
518-591-8729
Faculty Page

 

Introduction

Victor Asal currently serves as Chair of the Department of Public Administration and an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. He received his PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park.  He is also, along with R. Karl Rethemeyer,  the co-director of the Project on Violent Conflict.  Dr. Asal is affiliated with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. Dr. Asal’s   research focuses on the choice of violence by nonstate organizational actors as well as the causes of political discrimination by states against different groups such as sexual minorities, women and ethnic groups. In addition, Prof. Asal has done research on the impact of nuclear proliferation and on the pedagogy of simulations.  Asal has been involved in research projects funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, The Department of Homeland Security, The National Science Foundation, and The Office of Naval Research.  

Prof. Asal teaches  courses on world and comparative politics, political violence and oppression, negotiation and research design. He has worked as a negotiation trainer in a variety of academic, governmental and military settings, and in conjunction with the ICONS Project, created simulations on varied topics

Partial Publication Listing

CEHC Courses Taught

Political Violence – T POS 260
Violent Political Conflict  - R POS 360360
Political Violence, Insurgency, and Terrorism – R POS 554

CEHC Areas of Expertise

Homeland Security
Cybersecurity

CEHC Research Interests

I am specifically interested in the reasons organizations choose to start using violence and once they start using violence why some organizations choose certain tactics instead of others and why some organizations are more successful than others. I am also interested in the relationship between governmental behavior and the choice of violence as well as governmental use of repression. 

Relevant Background

Affiliated with the National Center for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START Center), University of Maryland, College Park.

Special Opportunities for Students

Works with students who do independent study or paid work coding violent non-state actors for funded work supporting the Big Allied and Dangerous dataset