(HUMINT) is concerned with helping policymakers better understand how our
adversaries think. In this fascinating morning course, experts who have spent
years examining the dark side of human psychology—delving into the minds and
motives of traitors, dictators, and terrorists—share their insights and discuss
implications for national security in the 21st century.
Can a Terrorist’s Brain Be Rebooted?
What sets someone on a
terrorist trajectory and, more importantly, what could divert him (or her)? Anne
Speckhard, author of Talking to
Terrorists, is a research psychologist who has interviewed more than 400
terrorists, their family members, hostages, and close associates worldwide. She
has conducted psychological autopsies on more than half of the 112 Chechen
suicide terrorists as well as dozens of Palestinian suicide terrorists to
understand the motivations for and psychological underpinnings of terrorism.
She also helped design the Detainee Rehabilitation Program in Iraq for more
than 20,000 detainees held by the U.S. Department of Defense. Drawing on this
expertise, she can suggest whether the terrorist mindset can be changed.
collaboration with the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program.
Tickets: $120 (must be purchased through the
Members of The Inner Circle and Smithsonian
Resident Members: $80
(via phone) 202.633.3030; (online) www.SmithsonianAssociates.org.
Internet Quick Tix code for the program: 1M2-699. Inner Circle Members should
identify themselves and give the PROMO code: 200252