Terrorism and Higher Education: Terrorists Negotiating Their Way through the United States Educational System

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Terrorism has been an issue in the United States for many years, well before the September 11th attacks. However, many individuals wishing to commit acts of violence and terror against the United States are still legally finding ways into the country. This study will first examine the backgrounds of some of the perpetrators that have committed acts of terrorism against the United States over the past fifteen years both domestically and abroad. The study will then look at how these individuals have gradually entered the U.S. educational system and how they have managed to remain there over long periods of time, especially in various institutions of higher learning. The study will then discuss new legislation and regulations governing foreign students. Student visa requirements will be examined in order to try to expose some of the loopholes and inconsistencies that exist within the U.S. system which have thus far allowed these terrorists to infiltrate the educational systems throughout the nation even after 9/11, thereby continuing to pose a severe threat to American national security.


Keywords: Terrorism in Education, Terrorism against the US, Regulations Regarding Student Visas
Stream: Politics, Public Policy and Law
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Tanya Parnes

Graduate Student, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida, USA

I am a second year Master's student at Nova Southeastern University in the Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution. I am interested in studying the root of conflict both within and outside of the United States of America. Upon completion of my Master's program I plan to transition into the Ph.D. program where I hope to expand upon my research on terrorism against the U.S. through my dissertation.

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