James J.F. Forest visits Springfield College

Last week,  a criminal justice class directed by Professor Francesca Spina welcomed guest speaker James J.F. Forest.

Forest is a professor and director of the security studies graduate degree programs at UMass Lowell. The course subjects that he specializes in are terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and contemporary security studies.  He also is a senior fellow with the Joint Special Operations University, where he conducts research, some of which is classified, on emerging terrorist threats, insurgencies, transnational criminal networks and U.S. Special Forces training.

Forest is the former director of terrorism studies at the United States Military academy where he taught a variety of courses and directed research initiatives and education programs for the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. Adding to his list of successes, Forest has also published 18 books and dozens of journal articles.

His most recent books include:

  • Homeland Security and Terrorism (McGraw-Hill, 2013, with Russell Howard and Joanne Moore)
  • Intersections of Crime and Terrorism (Routledge, 2013)
  • The Terrorism Lectures (Nortia Press, 2012)
  • Confronting the Terrorism of Boko Haram in Nigeria (JSOU Press, 2012)
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism (McGraw-Hill, 2012, with Russell Howard)
  • Influence Warfare: How Terrorists and Governments Fight to Shape Perceptions in a War of Ideas (Praeger, 2009)
  • Handbook of Defence Politics: International and Comparative Perspectives (Routledge, 2008, with Isaiah Wilson)
  • Countering Terrorism and Insurgency in the 21st Century (3 volumes: Praeger, 2007)
  • Teaching Terror: Strategic and Tactical Learning in the Terrorist World (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006)
  • Homeland Security: Protecting America’s Targets (3 volumes: Praeger, 2006)
  • The Making of a Terrorist: Recruitment, Training and Root Causes (3 volumes: Praeger, 2005)

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