Barnett S. Koven

Barnett S. Koven is a Senior Researcher at the University of Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. He is also an Affiliated Scholar at the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy at Florida International University. Koven received his Ph.D., M.Phil. and M.A. in Political Science at the George Washington University, as well as a B.A. in International Affairs and Latin American and Hemispheric Studies. He also holds a Certificate in Conflict Analysis from the United States Institute of Peace and a Certificate in Advanced Security in the Field from the United Nations System Staff College. More information about Koven’s research and a complete list of publications are available on his website.

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