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UAlbany Experts Available to Discuss Terrorism Threats Looming Over Sochi Olympics

ALBANY, N.Y. (January 31, 2014) -- With recent bombings in the Russian city of Volgograd, security forces are on high alert, monitoring potential threats, while athletes, coaches, journalists and fans worldwide prepare for the start of the Olympic Games in Sochi.

Security at Sochi Olympics
Security forces are on high alert for potential terror attacks at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

University at Albany professors Karl Rethemeyer and Victor Asal are experts on terrorist networks and organizations, and are available to discuss potential threats to the Sochi Olympic Games in Russia.

Karl Rethemeyer
Associate Professor of Public Administration
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy

Karl Rethemeyer's primary research interest is in social networks, both their impact on social, political, and policy processes, and the methods used to study such networks. He is a co-investigator, along with Victor Asal, on a project monitoring organizational terrorist networks. The project is funded by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. His work has focused on how networks affect the use of various forms of terrorism (including suicide terrorism and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attacks), the lethality of terrorist organizations, the propensity of such organizations to attack soft targets, and the propensity to choose or eschew lethal violence.

Victor Asal
Associate Professor of Political Science
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
Victor Asal is an expert on the interaction of international relations and domestic politics and how this interaction influences ethnic conflict and ethnic terrorism. Asal has taught courses in terrorism, ethnic conflict, democratization, negotiation and crisis management. He has worked as a negotiation trainer in a variety of settings running simulations on negotiation, democracy, and domestic regimes.

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