Jessica Stern

Jessica talks at TEDx Amsterdam 2011 “A Powerful Tool to Prevent Future Terror”

In Interview on January 11, 2012 at 10:34 am

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.

In the news

In Interview, News on January 7, 2014 at 12:05 pm

BU Today profiles Jessica. November 14, 2016.

Jessica testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee at the hearing “Inside the Mind of ISIS: Understanding Its Goals and Ideology to Better Protect the Homeland.” January 20, 2016.

Michiko Kakutani recommends “ISIS: The State of Terror” in the New York Times’ Top Books of 2015. December 10, 2015.

The Washington Post names “ISIS: The State of Terror” notable non-fiction of 2015. November 18, 2015.

The Wall Street Journal names “ISIS: The State of Terror” “one of ten must-read books on the evolution of terrorism in the Middle East.” November 17, 2015.

Boston University profiles Jessica’s new appointment as a Research Professor at the Pardee School of Global Studies. November 11, 2015.

Nieman Scholar cites “Denial: A Memoir of Terror” as a must read narrative. Septmeber 9, 2014.

Appearance on PBS NewsHour on foreign fighters in the Islamic State.

Interview with Gluck Radio on the realities of PTSD.  August 1, 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. January 3, 2014.

Read Jessica’s latest work in the Boston Globe and her profile in BU Today

In News on September 26, 2013 at 9:19 am

Read Jessica’s response to the Manchester attack in the Boston Globe: Attacks on Soft Targets Likely to Get Worse

“Terror can make us lash out at the wrong enemy, for the wrong reasons, or both, as was the case for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. We want to wage war, not just on terrorism, but also on terror, to banish the feeling of being unjustly attacked or unable to protect the blameless. This is especially true in regard to attacks on young people, as happened Monday night in Manchester. 

We need to be conscious, at all times, of our natural tendency to lash out in response to moral evil in ways that sometimes worsen the threat…

Read Sara Rimer’s profile of Jessica for BU Today: Why Terrorists Kill

“In the 1997 film The Peacemaker, Nicole Kidman plays a government scientist based on Stern’s role at the National Security Council during the first Clinton administration, when she was director for Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian affairs and head of a nuclear weapons smuggling response unit. Like her movie counterpart, who chases down a nuclear weapons–stealing Bosnian terrorist with a US military intelligence officer played by George Clooney, she is brainy, fluent in Russian, hyperfocused, and pretty. Unlike Kidman’s humorless know-it-all bureaucrat, Stern is warm, self-deprecating, and quick to laugh, at herself as often as not. Her students say she’s a rock star—and a regular person. She calls herself a nerd…”