Terrorism Expert Goes Behind the Headlines of an Attack to Reveal What Makes a Terrorist and What Might Prevent One

Research psychologist Dr. Anne Speckhard, author of Talking to Terrorists (http://www.advancepress.com), spent ten years meeting with terrorists, their families and associates across Europe and the Middle East to understand what motivates a human being to kill themselves and others for the sake of a cause. In the course of her research Speckhard collected over 400 personal stories that reveal the social, cultural and psychological factors that contribute to the path of terrorism.

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Talking to Terrorists:Understanding the Psycho-Social Motivations of Militant Jihadi Terrorists,Mass Hostage-Takers,Suicide Bombers and Martyrs to Combat Terrorism in Prison & Community Rehabilitation

"Talking to Terrorists is an arresting, highly readable book that has made a major and classic contribution to our study and understanding of terrorism." --Stephen Sloan, The Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) January 08, 2013

An internationally recognized expert on the psychological aspects of terrorism, Speckhard defines the “lethal cocktail” that leads to the creation of a terrorist and importantly, offers thoughtful suggestions on how to potentially prevent, deradicalize and rehabilitate a terrorist. Her journey took her into the intimate spaces of terrorists' homes, inside their prison cells, to the streets of their cities and villages, and into the recesses of their minds. She recounts how terrorist leaders cynically manipulate vulnerable individuals into believing that the struggle they fight is a cosmic one, that excessive means are called for and that giving your life is a rational choice to make in behalf of the cause.

Speckhard offers possibilities for achieving a safer world by examining ways society and governments can help a potential terrorist reverse his or her trajectory. While her husband, a U.S. Ambassador, oversaw U.S. interests in Iraq, Belarus, Greece and NATO, Speckhard raised three children while conducting research that often took her into risky places to meet dangerous men and women.

About the Author: Anne Speckhard, Ph.D., is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School and has been working in the field of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since the 1980’s. Dr. Speckhard lectures to security experts worldwide and consults for the U.S. Department of Defense and European and Middle Eastern governments on programs for prevention and rehabilitation of individuals committed to political violence and militant jihad.

For more information about Talking to Terrorists, please visit http://www.advancespress.com or contact Roberta Rossi at 202-492-8972 or Email:RobertaRossi (at) advancespress (dot) com

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Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry Georgetown University Medical School