Josiah Witherspoon is an M.A. Candidate at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University, where he specializes in Intelligence and International Affairs (IIA). His research interests include counter-terrorism, technology and terrorism, and espionage. His major research paper with NPSIA explores the increasing use of low-tech weapons – such as vehicles, blunt/bladed instruments, and incendiary devices – by terrorist groups in western countries. As a Junior Research Affiliate at TSAS, he has presented research on terrorist groups involved in kidnapping for ransom (KFR) activities abroad. Josiah currently works as an analyst with the Federal Government of Canada, and holds over two years of professional experience within the security industry.
Kidnapping for Ransom: An Analysis of Canadian Cases
Published in 2018 • TSAS WP18-03
Muna Osman and Josiah Witherspoon
Analysis of Low-Tech Terrorism in Western Democracies: Attacks with Vehicles, Blades and Incendiary Devices
Published in 2017 • TSAS WP17-05