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The International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) is an action based, interdisciplinary, research center working on psychosocial, cultural, political, economic, ideological, and technological topics impacting global peace and security.

At ICSVE, our growing team of experts of diverse academic and professional backgrounds provides research, training, and strategic advice to government leaders, intelligence, defense, international organizations, and civilian communities, worldwide, to prevent and deter the threat of violent extremism in the core areas such as capacity building and programmatic support, countering extremist narrative, developing community resilience, managing prevention and intervention activities, understanding pathways into and back out of terrorism and countering violent extremism  training.

Started in July of 2015, ICSVE grew out of the work of Dr. Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. who has been working on these issues for over two decades. ICSVE welcomes partners and donors interested in fighting violent extremism.

ICSVE is independent and non-partisan. We do not take part in classified research for governments or international organizations. All of our work is published in open source venues.

ICSVE Board of Advisors

Dr. Peter Bergen – Vice President at New America, and Professor at Arizona State University.  CNN National Security Analyst – USA

Ambassador Alberto Fernandez – Vice President of the Middle East Media Research Institute, formerly President of Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) and the Coordinator for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC) at the U.S. Department of State – USA

Ambassador Peter Galbraith — Author, first US  Ambassador to Croatia and architect of the Croatia Peace Agreement, former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, former Vermont state senator, and long time advisor to Iraqi and Syrian Kurds— USA

Gilles de Kerchove – EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator from 2007 to 2021. In this function, he coordinated the work of the European Union in the field of counter-terrorism, maintained an overview of all the instruments at the Union’s disposal, closely monitored the implementation of the EU counter-terrorism strategy and fostered better communication between the EU and third Countries to ensure that the Union plays an active role in the fight against terrorism. Mr. de Kerchove teaches European Law at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), the Free University of Brussels (ULB), the University of St Louis Brussels (USL) and the College of Europe (Natolin).

Peter Knoope – Senior Visiting Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT). Former Director of ICCT from its inception until August 2014. Former Deputy Director of the Policy and Strategy Department of the Dutch National Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism (NCTb)—Netherlands

Dr. Arie Kruglanski – Distinguished University Professor in Psychology at the University of Maryland – USA

Ambassador Suzi Levine – Former United States Ambassador to the Switzerland Confederation and Principality of Liechtenstein, Cofounder I-Labs—USA

Dr. David Rapoport – Founding and Chief Editor Terrorism and Political Violence, Professor Emeritus UCLA Political Science Department—USA

Dr. Alex Schmid – Editor of Perspectives on Terrorism, formerly Officer-in-Charge of the Terrorism Prevention Branch of the United Nations, Director of the Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence in St. Andrews University – the Netherlands

Mitch Silber – Mitch Silber served as Director of Intelligence Analysis at the New York City Police Department (2005-2012) where he was the principal advisor to the Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence on counterterrorism policy and analysis. He currently is a visiting lecturer at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (“SIPA”) where he teaches a course on Modern Urban Terrorism and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board.

Mark Singleton – Former Senior Dipomat, CEO of Nexus Strategy – the Netherlands

Thomas Wuchte –  Executive Director—International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law, Former OSCE Head on Anti-Terrorism Issues – USA


Affiliated with world-class researchers based around the globe (US, Europe, Canada, Asia, Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East) who are themselves attached to top universities, ICSVE is involved in research projects and educational programs around the world.

ICSVE forms creative and flexible interdisciplinary teams for each of its projects, converging first-rate subject matter experts, each with linguistic, cultural and on-the-ground experience in a range of security matters.

In addition to research, ICSVE fosters the opportunity for in-depth and strategic dialogue for politicians, diplomats, leaders and scholars interested in security, peace studies and violent extremism.


ICSVE’s mission is to bring scholars and leaders, from politics to creative pursuits, together in the fight against violent extremism. Producing world-class research, educational materials and highly stimulating workshops, our aim is to educate the public and support policymakers and practitioners in their quest for practical and useful solutions in preventing and stopping violent extremism.

ICSVE provides on this website:

  • Empirical, evidence based-research on radicalization and violent extremism.
  • Advice and training on how to prevent and deter the threat of violent extremism in the core areas such as capacity building and programmatic support, countering extremist narrative, developing community resilience, managing prevention and intervention activities in prisons and in communities, and training.
  • Educational video materials that delegitimize extremist narratives as well as training on how to effectively use and promote such educational materials for both prevention and intervention activities.
  • Training on how to generate proactive counter-narratives online.
  • Training on how to effectively delegitimize extremist narratives, prevent radicalization, and rehabilitate and reintegrate violent extremists.
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