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Sunday, July 3, 2022

Anne Speckhard, Wilson W. Warren, Kate Strezishar and Molly Ellenberg

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 700 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 three years, she has interviewed ISIS (n=239) defectors, returnees and prisoners as well as al Shabaab cadres (n=16) and their family members (n=25) as well as ideologues (n=2), studying their trajectories into and out of terrorism, their experiences inside ISIS (and al Shabaab), as well as developing the Breaking the ISIS Brand Counter Narrative Project materials from these interviews which includes over 175 short counter narrative videos of terrorists denouncing their groups as un-Islamic, corrupt and brutal which have been used in over 125 Facebook campaigns globally. 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 with governments on issues of repatriation and rehabilitation. 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 expert and has consulted to NATO, OSCE, the EU Commission and EU Parliament, European and other foreign governments and to the U.S. Senate & House, Departments of State, Defense, Justice, Homeland Security, Health & Human Services, CIA, and FBI and appeared on 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. Wilson W. Warren is working at ICSVE as a Junior Research Fellow, researching issues of white supremacism, QAnon, inceldom and militant jihadism. Wilson is new to this field, having worked in the entertainment industry from 2006 to 2018. In this arena, he worked as an executive assistant, label executive, concert producer and promoter, recruiter (A&R), and manager of writers, producers, and top artists. The entertainers he worked with include Three 6 Mafia, T.I., G-Eazy, Outkast, Dallas Austin, Tricky Stewart, Southside, Usher, Lil Baby, Waka, Akon, Polow Da Don, Leona Lewis, Jake and Logan Paul, and Justin Bieber. In the technology domain, Wilson consulted for the social media platform PHEED, which sold to Mobli, facilitated partnerships between top entertainers and the App — Music Messenger, which was acquired by Yahoo, and co-founded an event App called YOPIMA, where he brought on T.I. as the investor/partner — this also resulted in a co-patent position. Wilson also served as a Social Media Consultant for a successful U.S. Senate campaign. He is now a partner at a 501(c)3, called Soldier For Wildlife, where he actively assists with intelligence designed to combat poaching and engage the local community on a 309 square mile reserve in Zambia. Wilson is currently working towards a degree in International Relations with a minor in Arabic and hopes to also pursue graduate studies. He also has a volunteer position as a Research Fellow at the Alive and Well Foundation, headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Kate Strezishar is a Junior Research Fellow with ICSVE. Kate graduated from George Mason University with a B.A in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, with a concentration on Global Engagement. Kate is familiar with Latin American conflicts, as well as researching the social implications terrorism has on a community. Kate has worked to research and implement a methodology to reintegrate former extremists back into the European Union, as well as develop better community relations between the Muslim population in Hungary and non-Muslim citizens. Currently, Kate is working on a project for ICSVE that focuses on the repatriation, rehabilitation and reintegration of foreign terrorist fighters and their families who were associated with ISIS. Molly Ellenberg is a doctoral student in social psychology at the University of Maryland. She holds an M.A. in Forensic Psychology from The George Washington University and a B.S. in Psychology with a Specialization in Clinical Psychology from UC San Diego.
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