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Inside the Minds of Traitors, Dictators, and Terrorists
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Spy Seminar Series

When: 2/26/2014
10:15 AM
Where: International Spy Museum

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Human intelligence (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.

In collaboration with the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program.

Tickets: $120 (must be purchased through the Smithsonian)*

Members of The Inner Circle and Smithsonian Resident Members: $80

*To register: (via phone) 202.633.3030; (online) Internet Quick Tix code for the program: 1M2-699. Inner Circle Members should identify themselves and give the PROMO code: 200252

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