General Information

ARTIS Research & Risk Modeling was established as a multi-disciplinary research institution designed to improve the understanding of cognitive and behavioral science related to politically motivated violence through science-based field research. The institution was born out of a collaboration of scientists and policy makers with RTI International, a North Carolina based research institution.

Capacity and Field Experience

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The impetus for establishing ARTIS was the dearth of science-based field research available to answer the question of why people engage in politically violent acts. Too often, anecdotal information, isolated classroom experiments, and research from a distance become the basis of understanding for policy makers and scientists with regard to transnational political violence. To improve this reality, ARTIS brings together a multi-disciplinary team of world class scientists and policy experts to perform field research exploring the decision making process of those who have been engaged in politically motivated violent acts.


The ultimate goal of ARTIS Research & Risk Modeling is to improve the human condition by reducing global conflict; in order to achieve this, we seek to better understand why conflict occurs. Due to the many factors affecting and creating situations of conflict, we are by necessity an interdisciplinary research institute. We seek to contribute to the scientific body of research available in the fields related to conflict through science-based field research. ARTIS is committed to publishing our findings openly and in an honest, non-partisan manner. We seek to inform others – including social influencers such as policymakers, NGO’s, and individuals – who may apply knowledge in an effort to foster cooperation. On a practical level, our findings from the field become the facts with which we brief policymakers and other clients, providing tools and resources to inform on specific issues and situations.

To date, ARTIS has worked with research entities in Chile, France, Germany, Guatemala, India, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Morocco, the Netherlands, Palestine, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.


The leadership of ARTIS has over 200 years of accumulated experience in understanding both collective political & cultural violence, as well as risk assessment & modeling through research, government leadership, and business. This collective experience allows ARTIS to access and utilize the top researchers, policy makers, experts and business leaders in these fields. Throughout the years, ARTIS executives have directed many multidisciplinary and multinational projects, and now strive to better understand the current global climate in relation to peace. ARTIS appoints senior scientists and policy experts to positions as fellows. ARTIS Fellows participate in field research as consultants and principal investigators. Our approach allows us to bring together numerous universities and research institutions with prominent scientists to enhance the overall research effort.

ARTIS Research is organized into three main centers of operation: the Center for Conflict Studies and Field Research, the Center for Energy and Natural Resources, and the Cyber Behavior and Defense Institute.