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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: 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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The ISIS Spy Who Saved Baghdad from 30 Terrorist Bombings

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Elite Iraqi counterterrorism unit also sent in a fortune teller to take down a series of ISIS high-level leaders.

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PERSPECTIVE: Children of ISIS Mothers Are Dying in Front of their Eyes in Detention Camps

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Recent deaths raise questions about why underage Western children are being held in Syria rather than returned to their home countries.

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The ISIS Ambassador to Turkey

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“In our meetings, we talked about re-establishing the Ottoman Empire. This was the vision of Turkey,” says emissary.

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Terrorists’ Use of Drones Promises to Extend Beyond Caliphate Battles

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Research shows that ISIS had been able to develop its drone programs without any support from state actors.

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Observing the Defeat of ISIS in Syria: Gone in 30 Days or Likely to Return?

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High-level Kurdish officials shared with us their anxieties over the potential U.S. pullout, which leaves them vulnerable in Syria.

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As al Shabaab Continues Attacks, Can Disillusioned Terrorists Help Fight the Group?

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One feature of al Shabaab attacks inside Kenya is using Kenyan citizens to support or actually take part in assaults.

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Is ISIS Still Alive and Well on the Internet?

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Despite land losses and social media takedowns, violent extremist groups still somehow persist in operating online.

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PERSPECTIVE: Selling Out Our Allies in Syria

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ISIS cadres are still present in both Syria and Iraq and are continuing by U.S. military estimates to entice up to 100 foreigners each month.

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Yazidi Survivors of ISIS’ Cruelty Face Hurdles in Finding Justice

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Former sex slaves have found telling of captivity so retraumatizing that they decided it was better to stay silent.

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