Center on Terrorism

Center on Terrorism

Please join us for our next seminar

"Why Terrorists Quit: The Disengagement of Indonesian Jihadists"

Julie Chernov Hwang

Friday, October 25th
Room 630, Haaren Hall on the John Jay campus (899 Tenth Ave)

Dr. Chernov Hwang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Goucher College.  She received her PhD in 2007 from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Her research focuses on how social networks facilitate entry into and exit from jihadist groups in Southeast Asia.  She analyzes the processes and pathways via which individuals join and become active in Islamist extremist groups; what motivates inter-group switching; how jihadists disengage from violence and the various permutations of disengagement; and what factors enable successful reintegration and deradicalization. Prior to embarking on this research trajectory, her research centered on Islamist party behavior and state-Islamist group relations. Further information is available here. Her presentation will be drawn from her recent book published by Cornell University Press, Why Terrorists Quit: The Disengagement of Indonesian Jihadists.


Welcome to the Center on Terrorism at John Jay College of Criminal Justice

John Jay College lost 67 students and alumni as a result of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001. The Center on Terrorism at John Jay College was founded in the wake of those attacks and remains the only university-based entity devoted to terrorism research and education in the New York City area. Center researchers have published a range of books, article, chapters and reports covering different aspects of terrorism and counter-terrorism, from an interdisciplinary and policy-relevant perspective. The Center hosts the Friday Seminar Series which brings to the John Jay campus leading researchers and practitioners active in the field. The series is linked to John Jay’s Advanced Certificate in Terrorism Studies which offers a distinctive graduate-level program of study for those seeking to enhance their credentials and better understand terrorism and counter-terrorism.

We are currently updating our website and invite you to visit again in upcoming weeks. In the meantime, we are pleased to announce the schedule for our Friday Seminar Series in Fall 2019, as follows:

  • 9/20: James J. Forest (University of Massachusetts at Lowell), "Crime-Terror Interaction in Sub-Saharan Africa";
  • 10/25: Julie Chernov Hwang (Goucher College), "Why Terrorists Quit: The Disengagement of Indonesian Jihadists";
  • 11/8: Ahmad Mohibi (Rise to Peace), "How Civil Society Can Help Prevent Violence and Extremism,” and;
  • 11/22: Ibrahim Bechrouri (French Institute for Geopolitics and John Jay College), "Malcolm X Blvd and W116th St: At the Intersection(s) of Blackness(es), Islam(s) and the NYPD's National Security Project."


All seminars will be held from 3-5pm in rm.630 of Haaren Hall on the John Jay campus (899 Tenth Ave). Our seminars are free and open to the public so please feel free to share this announcement with friend and colleagues, and to post to social media.

Best regards

Profs. Peter Romaniuk and Shuki Cohen