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Breaking Boston Bombing Case

WHAT: American University experts on Chechnya, Islam, terrorism available for analysis

WHEN: April 19 - ongoing

WHERE: In-Studio, via Skype, via telephone, or at American University

As events unfold in Boston in pursuit of the suspected Boston bomber, American University experts are available to provide their expertise and analysis on the topics of terrorism, Chechnya, and whether radical Islam is at issue.

Islam/Chechnya Expert

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, in his recent book The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror became a Global War on Tribal Islam (Brookings Institution Press March 2013) addresses Chechen rebel terrorist acts and how they evolved into terrorists. Ahmed is among the world’s leading experts on Islam, tribal Islam, and post-9/11 treatment of Muslims. He is able to speak to the consequences of Chechen’s bringing terrorist attacks to U.S. soil after having carried out horrendous attacks in Moscow and throughout Russia in the last decade.
Media Portrayal Race and Identity Expert

Angie Chuang, professor of journalism, focuses her research on race and identity issues in the news media. Recently, Chuang conducted research on the media's portrayal of the 2010 Times Square bomber case.

Chechnya Experts

Eric Lohr is the director of Initiative for Russian Culture and an associate professor in the department of history. Lohr focuses his research on Russia and Eastern Europe. He has been active in discussions of U.S.-Russian relations, including service on the Russia/Europe advisory group for the Hillary Clinton campaign for president in 2007-2008.

Anton Fedyashin serves as the executive director for the Initiative for Russian Culture and as an assistant professor in the department of history. Fedyashin is a native Russian who teaches Russian/Soviet history and focuses his expertise on Russia, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe.

Terrorism Expert

Joseph Young, assistant professor in American University’s Department of Justice, Law & Society is an expert in the cross-national causes and consequences of terrorism. Young has spoken to organizations in the defense community and has consulted on a Department of Defense initiative focusing on countering violent extremism. The National Science Foundation and the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) have funded his research.

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