Dr. Southers joined a workshop offered by the Global Counterterrorism Forum in Malta. The two-day conference, “Criminal Justice Approaches to Preventing, Detecting and Responding to Homegrown Terrorism,” brought together experts to share experiences, as well as develop tools and strategies on how to counter the evolving terrorist threat. Dr. Southers told USC reporter Matt Kredell:

“I think my colleagues in Malta appreciated that I am a researcher who engages in field work, that these aren’t just formers [previously radicalized individuals] I read about, but formers I know personally,” Southers said. “They appreciated the ‘academic practitioner’ approach to what we’re doing here at the Safe Communities Institute.”

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