Beacham Group’s New Terrorism Research Center Enables Comprehensive Study of Groups, Individuals, Regions and News in One Site
Eight years in development, TRAC combines expertise from nearly 3,000 terrorism specialists with real-time intelligence for authoritative research.
Washington, DC (PRWEB) February 28, 2012
Before 9/11 few universities offered courses or programs of study on terror and terrorism; instead the issues were studied in political science or international relations courses. But the dramatic events of that day have forever altered the global need for the scholarly study of the subject — perhaps the most widely discussed international security issue of the last decade. In response, The Beacham Group, LLC, (formerly Beacham Publishing, Inc.) has devoted eight years to exhaustive exploration of the topic and created Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (TRAC) — one of the world´s most comprehensive research centers for faculty, scholars, students, government and defense professionals, as well as the general public.
“Information about terrorism is spread all over the Web and what´s out there isn´t always accurate or complete. That impedes research on a topic that deserves intense study,” said Veryan Khan, editorial director of TRAC. “We´ve created a resource that enables not only efficiency in research, but thoroughness and accuracy that´s up to the minute.”
Terrorism studies as a stand-alone subject has resulted in unprecedented levels of academic interest and it is also included as an integral topic in the fields of political science, international relations, sociology, criminal justice, philosophy and history. TRAC (http://www.trackingterrorism.org/preview-trac) provides researchers in these areas with the comprehensive, historical content required to develop intellectual clarity as well the opportunity to study changing relevance as governments and non-government public policy groups mount new initiatives. It addresses the complexity and inter-connectivity of terrorist groups including their history, goals, warfare tactics, influence on other groups and the political climate that fostered its origins. And TRAC captures the threatening breadth of terrorism, from such hate/racist groups as the Ku Klux Klan, to individuals such as Timothy McVeigh and groups such as al Qeada to government counterterrorism campaigns. In addition to the historical perspective, TRAC serves as a current intelligence repository with a consortium of 2,800 specialists and a real-time news feed that tracks events as they occur.
Simple to navigate through its intuitive interface, TRAC features:
- TRAC´s profiles of 3,800 groups that have been known to aid and abet political violence or terrorist organizations give researchers the tools to filter groups by multiple categories for specific queries and to link to sources worldwide for expanded resources
- Original, in-depth analyses of important terrorism issues, providing users with a 360 degree perspective of key topics
- Hot links that quickly navigate between concepts within articles, news feeds, and outside resources
- Profiles and risk analysis of vulnerable regions and cities most likely to attract terrorist activity including links to the Failed States Index
- Chatter Control to continuously monitor important news and analyses sources, posting feeds to the site as they occur, which are then cataloged and archived for future study
- Consortium Network with a global representation of 2,800 terrorism scholars and specialists reporting from a range of terrorism hotspots including Russia, Poland, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, Pakistan, Croatia, Afghanistan, Serbia, Sweden, United Kingdom, Canada, United States and more
Throughout TRAC´s (http://www.trackingterrorism.org/preview-trac) development, Beacham Publishing sought the input and assessment of leading scholars to ensure its primary goal of helping researchers locate the most appropriate and efficient resources available. Among the scores of contributors are Israel´s Gabriel Weinmann, Ahmad Moussalli of Lebanon, American Peter Chalk, India´s Animesh Raul, and Arabinda Acharya of Singapore. In a preview of the site, Dr. Susan Olzak, Professor of Sociology at Stanford said: “TRAC is terrific. I have already made progress on my project [a book on the ideologies of terrorist groups] today with your website, and am impressed with the cross-links, accuracy, and coverage. I am also impressed with the visuals — the flags displayed for some of the separatist groups are not that easy to come by, and I find this aspect fascinating.”
About The Beacham Group
Founded in 1985 as Beacham Publishing, The Beacham Group, LLC, is renowned for the creation of authoritative reference works that enable comprehensive research, especially on topics of emerging interest. Its acclaimed titles span the impact of climate change with Beacham’s Guide to Endangered Species and Beacham´s Guide to Environmental Issues to topical issues in literature to important societal concerns with The Encyclopedia of Social Change and its newly released TRAC (Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium).
Beacham´s unique publishing model assembles and curates the input of topic experts, connecting users with high quality, trustworthy information in a single source.
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