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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

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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Prison: Militant Jihadist Recruiting Grounds or Refuge for Rehabilitation?

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Prison leadership and staff should be ready for a multi-faceted process that includes psychology and religious literacy.

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PERSPECTIVE: Debating the Use of ISIS Counter-Narratives in the Heart of Europe

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The first line of defense has been, and may always be, physically eliminating locations of ISIS media points and arresting those pushing out online content.

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PERSPECTIVE: Challenges in Creating, Deploying Counter-Narratives to Deter Would-be Terrorists

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In crafting effective counter-messaging tools, one must consider the messenger, the audience and the medium.

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10 Reasons Western Women Seek Jihad and Join Terror Groups

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The fear of a massive flow of male returnees from the conflict zones in Iraq and Syria did not materialize; instead, it is women hoping to return home.

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PERSPECTIVE: Using Counter-Narrative Campaigns to ‘Break the ISIS Brand’ in Iraq

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Videos stimulate much-needed discussions on contentious socio-political issues that often fuel violent extremism.

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