Anne Speckhard

Director, International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism, Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry - Georgetown University

Anne Speckhard is Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University in the School of Medicine and Director of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) and a nonresident Fellow of Trends. Her newly released book, coauthored with Dr Ahmet S. Yayla, is ISIS Defectors: Inside Stories of the Terrorist Caliphate based on 32 interviews with actual ISIS defectors. She is also the author of Talking to Terrorists, Bride of ISIS and Fetal Abduction and coauthor of Undercover Jihadi and Warrior Princess Dr. Speckhard has interviewed nearly five hundred terrorists, their family members and supporters in various parts of the world including Gaza, the West Bank, Chechnya, Turkey, Kosovo, Iraq, Jordan and many countries in Western Europe. She was responsible for designing the psychological and Islamic challenge aspects of the Detainee Rehabilitation Program in Iraq to be applied to twenty thousand detainees and eight hundred juveniles. She has consulted to the U.S. Senate, House, NATO, OSCE, foreign governments and to the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, Justice Homeland Security, Health & Human Services, CIA and FBI and is also a sought after counter-terrorism expert appearing on CNN, BBC, NPR, Fox News, MSNBC, CTV, and in TIME, The New York Times,The Washington Post, London Times and in many other publications. ICSVE website: