Jessica Stern

Interviews & Public Appearances

Interview on the Lawfare Podcast’s Bonus Episode #510, “Jessica Stern on Radovan Karadzic,” discussing my new book, “My War Criminal: Personal Encounters with an Architect of Genocide.”

Appearance on Al Jazeera’s UpFront discussing Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s death and if President Donald Trump should be impeached. November 2019.

Interview on ABC Australia’s Between The Lines discussing Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s death. October 2019.

Interview on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Central Time discussing Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s death. October 2019.

Appearance on CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria, discussing Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s reappearance in an April 2019 ISIS video. May 2019.

Interview on WBUR. May 2019.

Profile in BU Today on work with NATO. April 2019.

Talk at Boston University on Radovan Karadzic and the Bosnian War.

Interview on Terrorism 360 podcast. December 2018.

Profile on Bostonia Magazine. Winter-Spring 2017.

Profile in BU Today. November 2016.

Talk at Boston University on ISIS’s recruitment tactics. November 2015.

Interview on BBC World Service Newshour Extra on what drives the Islamic State. November 19, 2015.

Interview with E-International Relations on life, work, and the terrorism field. May 11, 2015.

Appearance on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper discussing ISIS’s threat to US Military bases. May 8, 2015.

Quoted in “A U.S. Test Case for Curbing Extremism” in The Wall Street Journal Asia. May 8, 2015.

Appearance on The Today Show discussing the Garland shooting and ISIS on Twitter. May 7, 2015.

Interview on Radio National Australia’s Late Night Live with Phillip Adams discussing ISIS and the redrawing of the Middle East. April 16, 2015.

Interview with Dutch News Program Buitenhof discussing ISIS: The State of Terror. April 12, 2015.

Interview with Dutch magazine Opzij discussing ISIS’s justification of sex slaves, prostitution, and pedophilia. April 10, 2015.

Interview with Dutch Newspaper De Groene Amsterdammer discussing the strength of ISIS. April, 10, 2015.

Appearance on WGBH with Jim Walsh, Farouk El-Baz and Jessica on ISIS, Iran’s nuclear deal, and the university attack in Kenya. April 2, 2015.

Appearance on Huffpost Live discussing ISIS: The State of Terror with co-author J.M. Berger. March 30, 2015.

Appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show discussing ISIS: The State of Terror with co-author J.M. Berger. March 30, 2015.

The Brookings Institution’s ISIS: The State of Terror book launch recorded by The Lawfare Podcast. March 28, 2015.

Interview on C-Span Radio discussing ISIS: The State of Terror. March 24, 2015.

Interview on Global Dispatches podcast. March 23, 2015.

Profile with The Boston Globe. March 19, 2015

Interview with The Harvard Gazette on ISIS’s recruiting tactics. March 17, 2105.

Appearance on The Diane Rehm Show discussing ISIS: The State of Terror. March 15, 2015.

Appearance on All Things Considered discussing ISIS: The State of Terror. March 15, 2015.

Appearance on Morning Joe on MSNBC discussing ISIS: The State of Terror. March 13, 2015.

Appearance on New Day on CNN discussing ISIS: The State of Terror. March 12, 2015.

Interview on Canada AM discussing ISIS: The State of Terror. March 12, 2015.

Appearance on To The Point discussing whether intervention can prevent homegrown terror. February 2, 2015.

Interview with Bas Blokker published in NRC Handelsblad on ISIS in the Netherlands. (in Dutch).

Interview with To The Point on the lure of violent jihad. 15 September 2014.

Interview with NPR’s Arun Rath for All Things Considered on the Islamic State’s PR campaign and its appeal to foreign fighters. August 30, 2014.

Appearance on PBS NewsHour discussing why foreign fighters are joining the Islamic State. August 27, 2014.

Interview on Gluck Radio discussing the realities of PTSD. August 1, 2014.

Discussant at American Academy of Arts & Sciences conference on Al-Qaeda and how institutions protect against threats to national security. May 15-16, 2014.

Interview with NPR’s Rachel Martin on the meaning of Al-Qaeda’s split with the Islamic State of Iraq in Syria. February 9, 2014.

Keynote lecture at the Symposium on Guilt and Shame in Amsterdam, Netherlands. January 15, 2014.

Appearance on the BBC’s NewsHour program discussing Al Qaeda’s revival and the extent to which it is linked to the Arab Spring. Aired January 3, 2014.

Q&A in Colloquy discussing the roots of terrorism and it’s presence in Jessica’s own life.

Panel discussion on CNN’s State of the Union on the roots of radicalization.

Conversation on CBC Radio’s Day 6 regarding the Canadian passenger train terror plot. Aired April 26, 2013.

Appearance on PBS Newshour to discuss why individuals become violent radicals. Aired April 24, 2013.

Interview with The World, on being in Boston during the lockdown. Aired April 19, 2013.

Interview on WAMC Northeast Public Radio about attack at the Boston Marathon. Aired April 17, 2013.

Appearance on NPR’s On Point immediately following the Boston Marathon explosions. Aired April 15, 2013.

Interview with Australian radio program Late Night Live on “Denial” and Jessica’s work on terrorism and violence. Aired March 26, 2013.

Interview on Radio Boston ( on rape in the military. With Rep. Niki Tsongas and Panayiota Bertzikis. Aired February 22, 2011.

Interview with Steve Paikin on “The Agenda,” TVO’s flagship current affairs program. Aired November 1, 2010.

Liz Brunner’s report (NewsCenter 5) features an interview with Jessica on “Denial” and the root of her fascination with terrorists. Aired October 21, 2010.

Interview with Virginia Prescott over the radio program “Word of Mouth,” (NHPR). Aired October 18, 2010.

Radio interview on The Takeaway about the warning to tourists regarding the terror threat in Europe. Aired October 6, 2010. Listen to the audio clip.

Interview on BBC Outlook. Aired September 10, 2010.

Interview on WILL-AM 580. Aired August 25, 2010

Interview with Jim Braude at The Broadside, talking about facing the trauma of rape and dealing with the impact of PTSD. Aired July 29, 2010.

A radio interview with Robin Young (WBUR, Here & Now). Also on the interview was “Lucy” – girl #12. Aired July 13, 2010.

This radio interview on Take Away discusses Denial and everything it stands for. Aired July 8, 2010.

Kim Carrigan of Fox 25 Morning News interviews Jessica on how her own trauma from childhood brought her to a place where she has been forced to face fear head on. Aired July 7, 2010.

Reading and discussion of “DENIAL: A Memoir of Terror” at the Harvard Book Store. July 6, 2010. Watch the video.

Jessica shares the painful connection between her trauma from rape and her career choice as a terrorism expert on On Point Radio (WBUR) with Tom Ashbrook. Aired July 6, 2010.

Listen to the interview clip on “Denial”, PTSD, and terrorism on WHYY Radio. Aired June 21, 2010.

Marie Claire magazine has a Q&A with Jessica on facing her own childhood fear. July 2010 issue.

Jessica talks about the concern over the risk of homegrown terrorism on PBS News Hour. Aired June 7, 2010

On CNN’s “American Morning” discussing the Moscow subway attack carried out by female suicide bombers known as “Black Widows.” Aired March 30, 2010.

Jessica discusses the cases of two American women who have been implicated in terrorism cases and explains why Islamic terrorism is a fad on WBUR’s “Here & Now.” Aired March 22, 2010.

On nations grappling with deradicalization on “Tell Me More” (NPR). Aired January 21, 2010.

Interview with WHHY Radio: Can terrorists be deradicalized? Listen to the audio clip. Aired January 11, 2010.

On the panel “Release of Change for America: A Progressive Blueprint for the 44th President”. November 12, 2008. Watch the video.

NECN’s “Open Book Club” series.  Jessica joined fellow guests Helene Atwan, the director of Beacon Press publishing, and Andre Dubus III to discuss his novel THE GARDEN OF LAST DAYS, set in Florida shortly before 9/11. Aired October 3, 2008. Watch the video here.

Speaking at New York University’s Center for Catastrophe Preparedness and Response (CCPR) on the challenges to America’s homeland security. April 28, 2008.

Analyzing Senator Obama’s plan for fighting terrorism on The Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC). Aired August 3, 2007.

On The Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC) to discuss the foiled JFK plot. Aired June 4, 2007.

Participating on the forum “Rebuilding Afghanistan”. September 25, 2006. Listen to the audio clip.

On “Talk of the Nation” (NPR) discussing the release of a new video from Al-Qaeda in Iraq. Aired September 11, 2006.

Talking about terrorism with IAEA Bulletin in September 2006.

On “Talk of the Nation” (NPR) to discuss perceptions of the war on terror. July 6, 2006.

On the panel “Technology, Policy and Education: Leaders in Technology and Policy” at MIT on June 8, 2006. Watch the video.

Speaking on the topic “Anatomy of Terror: Understanding Religious Violence” at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at University of Texas at Austin in March 2006. Watch the video.

On “All Things Considered” (NPR) on a letter released from Al-Qaeda. October 14, 2005.

On “All Things Considered” (NPR) discussing mental profiles of terrorists. August 17, 2005.

On “The Early Show” (CBS) discussing bombings in Egypt. Aired July 25, 2005. Watch the video.

Talking about the making of a terrorist on “Talk of the Nation” (NPR). July 18, 2005.

On “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” (PBS) to discuss the investigation on the London bombing. July 15, 2005.

Discussing worldwide security efforts after London bombing on “News & Notes” (NPR). Aired July 8, 2005.

Jessica speaks to Lynn Neary of “Morning Edition” (NPR) about the London attacks. Aired July 7, 2005.

Studying the connection between Iran and Al-Qaeda on “All things Considered” (NPR). July 24, 2004.

An interview with May 2004.

On the Madrid bombings on “All Things Considered” (NPR). March 16, 2004.

An interview with The American Prospect on the possible connection between Basque separatists and Al-Qaeda. March 12, 2004.

On the panel for “Terrorism and the War on Terror” at the 2004 World Economic Forum in Davos. Watch the video.

Tim Cavanaugh interviews Jessica about TERROR IN THE NAME OF GOD for the November 2003 issue of Reason magazine.

On “All Things Considered” (NPR). November 21, 2003. interviews Jessica on bombings in Saudi Arabia and Turkey. November 2003.

Transcript of interview on CNN’s “Late Edition with Wolf Blizter”. Aired September 14, 2003.

Transcript of Jessica’s appearance on CNN’s “Live from the Headlines” on the Iraq War.  Aired August 21, 2003.

Interviewed by Hannah Storm on “The Early Show” (CBS). August 20, 2003.

On “The Leonard Lopate Show” discussing faith and terror on August 20, 2003. Listen to the audio clip.

Jessica talks to The Detroit Free Press on how terrorists use religion to persuade followers. August 19, 2003.

Jessica discusses “Hearts of Terrorists” with “On Point with Tim Ashbrook” (NPR) in August 2003.

The Council on Foreign Relations interviews Jessica in July 2003 on the chances of a new terrorist attack on the U.S.

Discussing the terror alert on “Morning Edition” (NPR). May 21, 2003.

Jessica gave a lecture at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University on February 12, 2003. Read a transcript of the event “What Terrorists Say”.

On “Talk of the Nation” (NPR) to discuss charges of Iraq harboring terrorists. February 6, 2003.

On “Talk of the Nation” (NPR) discussing Al-Qaeda. October 1, 2001.

Jessica discusses 9/11 on “Charlie Rose” on September 28, 2001. Purchase the DVD on Amazon.

Transcript of interview on PBS’s “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer”. Aired September 25, 2001.

Jessica Stern talks terrorism with the IAEA Bulletin.

On “Morning Edition” (NPR) discussing President Bush’s crusade against terrorism. September 17, 2001.

Foreign Affairs (November 2000 issue) interviews Jessica on her article, “Pakistan’s Jihad Culture.”

On “Weekend Edition Sunday” (NPR) to discuss the potential of a terrorist attack. April 25, 1999.

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