TSAS Working Papers

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TSAS accepts working paper submissions from Canadian scholars (faculty members, graduate and post-doctoral students) who are studying issues of terrorism, security and/or society. We also accept papers from scholars working outside of Canada who are working on these issues, provided that their work has strong connections to Canada (for example, a comparative analysis that includes Canada, and one or more other countries), or papers that explore policy issues of great concern to Canada and that explain their relevance. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to review and process working papers from international scholars that are exclusively on topics outside of Canada.

Completed TSAS Working Papers are accompanied by Policy Briefing Notes and may be found in the TSAS digital library.

Several successful projects have been selected for funding by TSAS. These working papers are currently in progress and will be published in the TSAS digital library. The projects are listed under Currently Funded Projects.

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TSAS WP17-03: The Experience of Canadian Muslim Civil-society Organization and Activists in Influencing and Shaping Counter-terrorism Legislation and Policy

Publisher: TSAS
Geography: United Kingdom
Year: 2017
Description:

The main objective of this research is to understand the experiences of Canadian Muslim civil-society organisations that seek to influence counter-terrorism legislation and policy. I use the public debate surrounding – …

TSAS WP17-02: Broadening our Understanding of Anti-Authority Movements in Canada

Publisher: TSAS
Geography: Canada, North America
Year: 2017

TSAS WP17-01: A Concurrent Evaluation of Threat Assessment Tools for the Individual Assessment of Terrorism

Publisher: TSAS
Geography: Canada, North America
Year: 2017
Description:

This research examines what is the content overlap among three tools that may be relevant for assessing an individual’s risk for terrorist violence: Version 3 of the Historical-Clinical-Risk Management—20 (HCR-20 – …

TSAS WP16-14: Talking to Foreign Fighters: Socio-Economic Push versus Existential Pull Factors

Year: 2016
Description:

The research acquired primary data through interviews with foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq, the families and friends of such fighters, and other online supporters of jihadism, to better understand – …

TSAS WP16-13: Trying to Talk to Terrorists: Ethical and Methodological Challenges in Canada

Publisher: TSAS
Geography: Canada
Year: 2016
Description:

Scholars have long shied away from talking to terrorists. This is because there are significant methodological and ethical problems posed by such research. How can we manage those challenges and – …

TSAS WP16-12: The Future of Right-Wing Terrorism in Canada

Geography: Canada, Mexico
Year: 2016
Description:

What is the range of likely scenarios for future right-wing terrorism in Canada, based on connections to radical movements in the US and Europe? Which factors or actions may mitigate – …

TSAS WP16-10: Research into How Resources are Acquired, Moved and Used to Support Acts of Terrorism

Publisher: TSAS
Year: 2016
Description:

The study was directed to answer six questions on terrorist resourcing in Canada through a comparative analysis that identified: resourcing activities; actors involved; interconnections of activities; importance of different forms; – …

TSAS WP16-11: Jihad in the Jazeera: Explaining The Islamic State’s Growing Insurgent Threat in Egypt

Publisher: TSAS
Geography: Egypt
Year: 2016
Description:

Why did Wilayat Sinai – The Islamic State’s affiliate in the Sinai Peninsula – evolve to become an unprecedented challenge to the Egyptian state?

TSAS WP16-09: Social impacts of the securitized arrival experiences of in-Canada refugee claimants

Author(s): Osterberg--Erin
Publisher: TSAS
Geography: Canada
Year: 2016
Description:

This multi-sited research included qualitative interviews with 19 in-Canada refugee claimants declared convention refugees under the new (since Dec 1, 2012) immigration legislation. The research sought to answer two questions: – …

TSAS WP16-08: Analyzing the formal and informal roles of women in security and justice in Yemen: Reflections for future considerations

Author(s): Cook-- Joana
Geography: Yemen
Year: 2016
Description:

This paper is part of a larger project which examines the roles and agency of women in counterterrorism practices. This paper specifically asks: what formal and informal roles have women – …

TSAS WP16-07: Cheering on the Jihad: An Exploration of Women’s Participation in Online Pro-jihadist Networks

Publisher: TSAS
Description:

This paper poses the following questions: 1. Can identifiable patterns of engagement by female posters be discerned based on content of posts? 2. Does the type of the jihadist group – …

TSAS WP16-06: Teaching CVE: a review of the Preventing Violent Extremism and Radicalisation in Australia handbook, and challenges across policy and practice

Author(s): Nolan--Elanna
Publisher: TSAS
Geography: Australia
Description:

(1) What are some of the key issues and challenges that emerged following the release of the Preventing Violent Extremism and Radicalisation in Australia (PVERA) handbook? (2) What lessons that – …

TSAS WP16-05: Assessment of the state of knowledge: Connections between research on the social psychology of the Internet and violent extremism

Publisher: TSAS
Description:

This paper seeks to answer the question: How does social psychology contribute to our understanding of the link between the Internet and violent extremism?

TSAS WP16-04: Bridging the National Security Accountability Gap: A Three-Part System to Modernize Canada’s Inadequate Review of National Security

Publisher: TSAS
Geography: Canada
Year: 2016
Description:

This paper examines existing challenges associated with the current structure of national security accountability review in Canada. It then draws on best practices in other jurisdictions to propose a systematic – …

TSAS WP16-03: Taking Hoaxes Seriously: Characteristics of Terrorism Hoaxes and their Perpetrators

Author(s): Tishler-- Nicole
Publisher: TSAS
Year: 2016
Description:

What can existing literature and available data tell us about terrorism hoaxes (i.e. those incidents that are believed to be acts of serious terrorism, but do not actually involve any – …

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