Episode 3 of the podcast features David A. Westbrook, UB School of Law and Mark Maguire, National University of Ireland Maynooth. Professors Westbrook and Maguire discuss airport security and counterterrorism, and their new book, Getting Through Security: Counterterrorism, Bureaucracy, and a Sense of the Modern (Routledge, 2020).
Mark Maguire is a social anthropologist with expertise in security, especially counter-terrorism, biometric security, abnormal behaviour, and new predictive security systems. His background is in international migration studies, and his early work was concerned with exploring migration through ethnographic research on everyday lives. He authored Differently Irish (Woodfield Press, 2004), which explores the lives of Vietnamese refugees and their families, and, with co-author Fiona Murphy, Integration in Ireland: the everyday lives of African migrants (Manchester University Press, 2012). His current research focuses on public behaviour during the first moments of attacks on major critical infrastructure sites such as international airports. This work is funded as part of the multinational Global Foresight Project ( -foresight/global-foresight). Maguire's research on security is shown in several edited books: The Anthropology of Security: perspectives from the frontline of policing, counter-terrorism and border control (Pluto, 2014), Bodies as Evidence: security, knowledge and power (Duke University Press, 2018) and recently Spaces of Security: ethnogaphies of security-scapes, surveillance and control (New York University Press, 2019) co-edited with Setha M. Low.
Figuring out what makes a terrorist tick is not easy, but law enforcement and counterterrorism officials have been turning to psychologists to try to do just that. Psychologist John Horgan, PhD, has spoken face-to-face with former members of violent extremist organizations in an effort to understand how and why people become involved in terrorism as well as why some eventually turn away from such extremism.
Audrey Hamilton: Figuring out what makes a terrorist tick is not easy and law enforcement and counterterrorism officials have been turning more and more to psychologists to try to do just that. In this episode, we talk with a psychologist who has spoken face-to-face with former members of violent extremist organizations in an effort to understand how and why people become involved in terrorism as well as why some choose to walk away.
Foreign Policy commissioned the illustrator Guy Shield to help visualize the seldom-seen world described in Season 2 of I Spy. Below are some outtakes from the sketch phase of the art process for Episode 7, where counterterrorism operative Mubin Shaikh works undercover in Canada. 2b1af7f3a8