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Samuel Henkin, Ph.D.

Senior Researcher and Professor

National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism

Samuel D. Henkin, Ph.D., is a senior researcher in the Geospatial Research Unit at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). He also serves as a professor in UMD’s undergraduate Terrorism Studies minor program and the Master of Professional Studies in Security and Terrorism Studies program.

Henkin is a political geographer whose current and past research is broadly concerned with how political violence is exercised strategically to accomplish certain spatial, social and political ends. His expertise exists at the intersection of the geographies of political violence, nonstate actors, national security policy and climate change. At START, his analytical skills have contributed to research on sociospatial patterns of terrorism in Southeast Asia, identifying spatial trends in Mexican narco-cartel violence, preventing and countering violent extremism capacity building and examining climate change and terrorism interactions area. His publications vary widely but his most recent research dissemination project, A Climate of Terror? Approaches to the Study of Climate Change and Terrorism, includes a range of research materials related to today’s discussion.

Henkin is also an instructor in the Department of Political Science at the George Washington University and a non-resident scholar at Florida International University.


Climate Change & Security: Anticipating Future Risks

Wednesday, May 25th

Climate change impacts and risks are becoming increasingly complex and more difficult to manage as multiple climate hazards occur simultaneously, and multiple climatic and non-climatic risks, like terrorism, interact, resulting in compounding overall security risks cascading across different sectors. This session will explore emerging risks posed by climate change and offer ways forward to better anticipate these future security risks.