Lawrence A. Kuznar

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Nepotism has been the primary influence on political behavior throughout human history. Despite the spread of democracy in the 20 th century, nepotistic regimes have hardly disappeared. Nepotism heavily influences political activity throughout the developing world, Middle East, and central Asia where family ties are essentially for gaining access to power,(More)
IDENTITY AND DIFFERENCE: WHAT GOOD ARE (ETHNOGRAPHIC) MODELS? There is nothing that goes by the name of research that does not involve models, implicit or explicit. One use of modeling is to bring assumptions to the surface to see whether or to what extent they hold. Models bring together narrative, cognition, history, qualitative and quantitative data,(More)
The data outputs of agent-based models are extremely complex and that complexity is compounded by the uncertainty surrounding model parameters. Ensemble computing utilizes sets of models with varied parameter setting to explore the potential worlds a model could produce. This uncertainty is compounded when different models appear to derive from different(More)
In this paper, we present a holistic, integrated social science analysis of the leading indicators of WMD terrorism that advances what is known about the social conditions that foster WMD terrorism. This exercise illustrates how a multidisciplinary team of researchers, including political scientists, anthropologists and computer engineers combined(More)
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