U.K. detective to conduct Fulbright research at terrorism center

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Abdul Hye Miah, a detective sergeant in the Metropolitan Police Service in the United Kingdom, has been awarded a U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission grant to conduct research at Penn State’s International Center for the Study of Terrorism (ICST) during the Spring 2013 semester. His research will build on his professional experience as a member of New Scotland Yard Crises and Hostage Negotiation Cadre and 26 years of operational and investigative experience, including counter-terrorism.

“During my time at ICST, I plan to construct a cultural toolkit for negotiation that complements already-established crisis and hostage negotiation practices and methodology,” explained Abdul Hye.

“We are delighted to welcome Abdul Hye, one of the U.K.’s leading crisis negotiation experts, to ICST,” said John Horgan, director of ICST and associate professor of psychology. “ICST constantly seeks to bring together academic experts on terrorism with counterterrorism practitioners. Abdul Hye’s collaboration with us will certainly have important implications for negotiators both in the U.S. and the U.K.”

Abdul Hye Miah is one of four British police officers who will be conducting research in the United States during the 2012-13 academic year. His work at ICST will culminate in a detailed report to the Crises and Hostage Negotiation Units of New Scotland Yard and to the FBI Academy in Quantico for analysis and training consideration. A report will also be submitted to the Fulbright Commission and will be permanently available in the U.K.’s National Police Library in Bramshill.

Abdul Hye Miah will also present a public lecture during his time at Penn State, the details of which will be announced in January.

The U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission is part of the international Fulbright Program, the flagship educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Since its inception in 1946, nearly 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists from around the world have participated in the Fulbright Program, including approximately 15,000 British citizens.

Dedicated to the scientific study of terrorism and political violence, the International Center for the Study of Terrorism, based in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State, engages in research, teaching and training activities that are international in scope and multidisciplinary in nature. The center is committed to promoting and engaging in data-driven empirical research performed to the highest academic standards.

For more information, or media inquiries, contact Kate Slavens, ICST research project manager, at kes37@psu.edu or 814-863-9550. To learn more about the ICST, visit http://www.icst.psu.edu.

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Last Updated December 13, 2012