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Anne Speckhard

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Anne Speckhard
Anne Speckhard, Ph.D., is Director of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) and serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She has interviewed over 600 terrorists, their family members and supporters in various parts of the world including in Western Europe, the Balkans, Central Asia, the Former Soviet Union and the Middle East. In the past two years, she and ICSVE staff have been collecting interviews (n=101) with ISIS defectors, returnees and prisoners, studying their trajectories into and out of terrorism, their experiences inside ISIS, as well as developing the Breaking the ISIS Brand Counter Narrative Project materials from these interviews. She has also been training key stakeholders in law enforcement, intelligence, educators, and other countering violent extremism professionals on the use of counter-narrative messaging materials produced by ICSVE both locally and internationally as well as studying the use of children as violent actors by groups such as ISIS and consulting on how to rehabilitate them. In 2007, she was responsible for designing the psychological and Islamic challenge aspects of the Detainee Rehabilitation Program in Iraq to be applied to 20,000 + detainees and 800 juveniles. She is a sought after counterterrorism experts and has consulted to NATO, OSCE, foreign governments and to the U.S. Senate & House, Departments of State, Defense, Justice, Homeland Security, Health & Human Services, CIA and FBI and CNN, BBC, NPR, Fox News, MSNBC, CTV, and in Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, London Times and many other publications. She regularly speaks and publishes on the topics of the psychology of radicalization and terrorism and is the author of several books, including Talking to Terrorists, Bride of ISIS, Undercover Jihadi and ISIS Defectors: Inside Stories of the Terrorist Caliphate. Her publications are found here: https://georgetown.academia.edu/AnneSpeckhardWebsite: and on the ICSVE website http://www.icsve.org Follow @AnneSpeckhard

PERSPECTIVE: Trump’s Warning to Europe Accentuates Need for Countries to Repatriate ISIS Detainees

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Repatriation and prosecution at home is at the same time likely to minimize the risk for wider societal radicalization, namely by diminishing grievances.

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How Dedication, Self-Sacrifice and Courage Can Build a New Democratic, Feminist Society in Rojava, Syria

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General: “We have a vision for the future that is clear for setting up a free and good society and we need Western powers to stand beside us in building it.”

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PERSPECTIVE: With International Help, SDF Can Lead in Prepping ISIS Fighters for Prosecution, Rehabilitation

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We believe that it is possible to identify where these prisoners are on the terrorist trajectory and who is likely to respond to treatment.

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PERSPECTIVE: Enacting Western Justice in Regard to ISIS Foreign Fighters and Their Families

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Many of the Westerners ICSVE researchers have interviewed have already spontaneously deradicalized, as they became seriously disillusioned by ISIS.

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The ISIS ‘Honey Trap’ to Catch Recruiter Deso Dogg and the Rogue FBI Translator

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New information from Abu Faisal’s accounts could indicate various scenarios, including that Daniela Greene might have warned Cuspert that he was under FBI investigation.

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PERSPECTIVE: ISIS Fighter Claims Attack Plot Via Mexico, Underscoring Border Vulnerability

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Canadian Abu Henricki says he and other Trinidadians were invited to attempt to penetrate the U.S. borders to mount financial attacks against the country.

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Real Voices from the Caliphate Talk Back to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi

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Foreign fighters who stood with ISIS leader up to the end had doubts before the Islamic State began to crumble.

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A Caliphate Resident or Monster Made in Syria? Accused ‘Beatle’ Alexanda Kotey Speaks

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Brit insists that not everyone living in Syria who went to live under ISIS did so out of ideological conviction.

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PERSPECTIVE: Governments Must Do More to Save Kids from ISIS Camps

Western governments appear to fear these children, detained in Syria and Iraq with their ISIS foreign fighter parents, as national security threats. Yet our national and international laws dictate that we protect our youngest citizens

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