Jessica Stern

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As a foremost U.S. expert on terrorism, Jessica’s articles have appeared in numerous publications.

The World is Fighting More Than ISIS
New York Times, October 2019.

Chapter: “ISIL and the Goal of Organizational Survival,” in Hilary Matfess and Michael Miklaucic, eds. Beyond Convergence: World Without OrderSeptember 2017

Trump’s Executive Order Will Make Us Less Safe,”
Boston Globe, January 30, 2017.

Radicalization to Extremism and Mobilization to Violent Extremism
The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, November 2016.

Is the War on Terrorism Really Winnable?
BU Today, September 9, 2016

ISIS Targets the “Gray Zone” of Moderate Islam
The Boston Globe, March 23, 2016

Relation of Psychosocial Factors to Diverse Behaviors and Attitudes Among Somali Refugees
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 2015.

How Not to Contain ISIS
The Atlantic, December 9, 2015

How Terror Hardens Us
The New York Times, December 5, 2015

What Does ISIS Really Want Now?
Brookings Lawfare Blog, November 28, 2015

Why the Islamic State Hates France
November 18, 2015

The Islamic State Paradox
Politico, November 17, 2015

Islamic State Moulds Children Into New Generation of Militants
BBC, October 8, 2015

The Gangster-Terrorist Who Gave Us ISIS
The Washington Post, October 2, 2015

Obama and Terrorism
Foreign Affairs, August 18, 2015

How ISIS, Other Jihadist Groups Lure Westerners
The Boston Globe, April 4, 2015

A 6-Point Plan to Defeat ISIS in the Propaganda War
TIME, March 30, 2015

ISIS as Cult
Brookings Lawfare Blog, March 26, 2015

ISIS and Sexual Slavery
Brookings Lawfare Blog, March 25, 2015

The Race to the Caliphate
Brookings Lawfare Blog, March 24, 2015

Smart Mobs, Ultraviolence, and Civil Society: ISIS Innovations
Brookings Lawfare Blog, March 23, 2015

‘Raising Tomorrow’s Mujahideen’: The Horrific World of ISIS’s Child Soldiers
The Guardian, March 10, 2015

Thugs Wanted–Bring Your Own Boots
The Guardian, March 9, 2015

ISIS and the Foreign Fighter Phenomenon
The Atlantic, March 8, 2015

ISIS’s Apocalyptic Vision
Hoover Institution, February 25, 2015

X- A Case Study of a Swedish Neo-Nazi
Behavioral Sciences and the Law, April 2014.

Response to Marc Sageman’s “The Stagnation in Terrorism Research”
Terrorism and Political Violence, March 28, 2014

The Continuing Cost of the Iraq War: The Spread of Jihadi Groups Through Out the Region
Follow on to Costs of War essay, “Terrorism after the 2003 Invasion of Iraq,” February 18, 2014

The Imperative to Protect Institutions: An Amended Front-Page Rule
Advancing a Free Society at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, January 29, 2014

The War Against Terror Must Be Fought With Words Too
TIME, December 16, 2013

PTSD-Policy Issues (Last Draft)
October 2013

We Need to Worry About Somali Terrorists in the U.S.
TIME, September 26, 2013

The Suicidal Tendencies of Suicide Bombers
Foreign Affairs, August 28, 2013

Terrorism Research Has Not Stagnated
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 8, 2013 (with John Horgan)

Brief Interviews with Hideous Terrorists
Foreign Policy, April 25, 2013

Who’s Behind the Boston Bombings? Some Initial Clues
TIME Ideas, April 16, 2013

Iraq: Where Terrorists Go to School
The New York Times, March 19, 2013

The Invasion of Iraq Was an Engine of Terrorist Growth
US News Debate Club, March 20, 2013

Terrorism after the 2003 Invasion of Iraq
Cost of War Project, March 2013

Can Google Make Non-Violence Cool?
Defining Ideas, August 25, 2011

Terror and Mortality
Journal of Democracy, September 2011

The Double Standard of Sex Crimes
Time Magazine, July 27, 2011

After Bin Laden
Washington Post, May 8, 2011

Osama Death will Reopen America’s 9/11 Wounds
Daily Beast, May 2, 2011

Arab Revolutions Don’t Mean the End for al Qaeda
Boston Globe, April 20, 2011

The military must take a harder line against sexual assault
Op-Ed, The Washington Post; February 18, 2011.

Why does terrorism fascinate me? Because of the terror in my past
Op-Ed, The Washington Post; June 20, 2010.

Mind Over Martyr: How to Deradicalize Islamist Extremists (link opens a PDF)
Foreign Affairs; January/February 2010.

5 Myths About Who Becomes a Terrorist
Op-Ed, The Washington Post; January 10, 2010.

Keep American Muslims on Our Side
Op-Ed, The New York Times; September 10, 2006.

Are We Safe Yet?
A Foreign Affairs Roundtable; September 2006.

Jihad — A Global Fad
Op-Ed, Boston Globe; August 1, 2006.

Al-Qaeda Changes Its Pitch
Op-Ed, International Herald Tribune; July 16, 2006.

Al-Qaeda, American Style
Op-Ed, The New York Times; July 15, 2006.

Flights of Fancy; Many Muslim Youth Espouse Jihad as a Fad
Op-Ed, Globe and Mail; July 12, 2006.

Precaution against Terrorism
Journal Article, Journal of Risk Research, The Precautionary Principle Special Issue, issue 4, volume 9; July 2006.

Small Groups Find Fatal Purpose Through the Web
Journal Article, Nature, International Weekly Journal of Science (Correspondence), issue 7059, volume 437; October 29, 2005.

Terrorists’ Own Words Can Help Us Stop Them
Op-Ed, USA Today; July 24, 2004.

Holy Avengers
Magazine or Newspaper Article, Financial Times; July 12, 2004.

Militant Groups: Beneath Bombast and Bombs, a Cauldron of Humiliation
Op-Ed, Los Angeles Times; July 6, 2004.

Errors in Fighting Al Qaeda Have Worsened the Danger
Op-Ed, Boston Globe; March 25, 2004.

Fearing Evil
Journal Article, Social Research, Fear: Its Political Uses & Abuses, Vol. 71, No. 4;  Winter 2004.

Terrorism’s New Mecca
Op-Ed, Boston Globe; December 28, 2003.

How America Created a Terrorist Haven
Op-Ed, The New York Times; August 20, 2003.

Dreaded Risks and the Control of Biological Weapons
Journal Article, International Security, issue 3, volume 27; Winter 2002/2003.

The Protean Enemy (link opens a PDF)
Foreign Affairs; July/August 2003. Read the postscript Tracking Terrorists.

Russia’s Struggle with Chechnya: Implications for the War on International Terrorism
Event Report; November 26, 2002.

Trauma and Humiliation: Get to the Roots of Terrorism
Op-Ed, The New York Times; April 26, 2002.

Execute Terrorists at Our Own Risk
Op-Ed, The New York Times; February 28, 2001.

Pakistan’s Jihad Culture (link opens a PDF)
Foreign Affairs; November/December 2000. Read the postscript interview.

The Prospect of Domestic Bioterrorism
CDC Special Issue; July 1999.

Jessica participates in web chat for NASA’s Take Your Daughter to Work Day
NASA Quest; April 23, 1998.

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