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Upcoming Talks and Events

September 18 - Communication and Collaboration in Counter-Terrorism Conference  (UMass Boston)
Keynote Speaker

October 24 - Presentation at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel (South Orange, New Jersey)
Conversation on Trauma and Terrorism 

January 16: Presentation at The University Forum on Terrorism and Group Hatred       (New York, New York)

See ‘Interviews & Public Appearances’ section for past talks.

On the Islamic State and Terrorism

FOREIGN POLICYBrief Interviews with Hideous Terrorists

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Iraq: Where Terrorists Go to School

COST OF WAR PROJECT: Terrorism after the 2003 Invasion of Iraq

INTERVIEWS:

To The Point

All Things Considered 

PBS Newshour

American Academy of Arts & Sciences

NPR

BBC’s NewsHour

Colloquy

State of the Union 

Recent Work

TERRORISM AND POLITICAL VIOLENCE : Response to Marc Sageman’s “The Stagnation in Terrorism Research”

HOOVER INSTITUTE: The Imperative to Protect Institutions: An Amended Front-Page Rule

TIME: The War Against Terror Must Be Fought With Words Too

TIME:  We Need to Worry About Somali Terrorists in the U.S.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: The Suicidal Tendencies of Suicide Bombers 

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: Terrorism Research Has Not Stagnated (with John Horgan)

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Iraq – Where Terrorists Go to School

HOOVER INSTITUTION: The Costs of the Moral Injury to Our Troops Fighting the Wars on Terrorism

Read more of Jessica’s writing, and check out more interviews with her.

Jessica Talks at the GRID13 Summit in Stockholm

Jessica presents “Talking to Terrorists” at the 2013 annual GRID two-day summit in Stockholm.  In the talk, she describes how she has met terrorists with Kalashnikovs in Pakistan, interviewed neo-Nazis in America and Sweden, and visited the homes of terrorist leaders in Indonesia. But it was only after she faced her own suppressed trauma that she understood why she was more afraid to meet the victims than the terrorists themselves.

Jessica talks at TEDx Amsterdam 2011

Jessica gives a presentation at the 2011 TEDx Amsterdam Women Conference. She reveals a revolutionary idea with the potential to transform counterterrorism. The project is aimed at amplifying the voices of former terrorists who have left their terrorist organizations.

Check out Jessica’s interview on the TV show “Gesprek op 2″ after her resent TEDx presentation in The Netherlands. She talks about her book Denial and how her own experiences relate to her studies of terrorists. The beginning is in Dutch, however the actual interview is in English. Enjoy!

 DENIAL: A Memoir of Terror

In DENIAL: A Memoir of Terror, one of the world’s foremost experts on terrorism and post-traumatic stress disorder investigates her own unsolved adolescent sexual assault at the hands of a serial rapist, and, in so doing, examines the horrors of trauma and denial.

Learn more about the book.

“I know that I was raped. But here is the odd thing. If my sister had not been raped, too, if she didn’t remember— if I didn’t have this police report right in front of me on my desk—I might doubt that the rape occurred. The memory feels a bit like a dream. It has hazy edges. Are there aspects of what I think I recall that I might have made up?”  – Chapter 1, page 7

Read the preface and chapter 1 excerpt of “Denial”

Denial: A Memoir of Terror


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“I have been quiet, and I have listened all my life.
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