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Lecture on terrorism planned at WVWC

BUCKHANNON — Dr. Coty Martin, assistant professor of political science at West Virginia Wesleyan College, will present “Terrorism and Potential Terrorist Threats to the United States and American Interests in 2020,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 17.

The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is part of Wesleyan’s Faculty Lecture Series and will be held in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts.

Martin recently completed his dissertation at West Virginia University entitled “State Capacity and Terrorism in the Developing World,” examining counterterrorism policies in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. In this lecture, he will provide a brief history of terrorism as a tactic of political violence around the world and then discuss two threats to American interests in 2020. These include threats to American interests abroad by Iran as a state-sponsor of terrorism and domestic threats currently under investigation by the FBI, including white supremacist and Neo-Nazi organizations operating in the United States.

Martin joined Wesleyan’s Faculty in 2017. In addition to holding a Ph.D. in political science at WVU, he earned a M.A. in political science from East Carolina University and a B.A. in international studies at The Ohio State University.