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Dr. Max Abrahms

Terrorism & counterterrorism expert
Country: USA

A professor of political science at Northeastern University, keynote speaker Dr. Max Abrahms’ research focuses on the consequences of terrorism, its motives, and the implications for counterterrorism strategy. He is a frequent terrorism analyst for major media outlets and has established himself as one of the world’s most influential terrorism and counterterrorism experts.

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Dr. Max Abrahms is among the world’s leading experts on the subject of terrorism. Currently, he is a professor of political science at Northeastern University and a member at the Council on Foreign Relations. His terrorism research is among the most cited and assigned around the world.

Abrahms is a frequent analyst in the media, especially on the consequences of terrorism, its motives, and the implications for counterterrorism strategy. He fields weekly interviews with major media outlets such as Al Jazeera, Atlantic, Associated Press, BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, CNN International, Newsweek, New York Times, Washington Post, and Voice of America. On Twitter, Abrahms is a verified user with 45K followers.

Previously, he has held research positions at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, the Empirical Studies of Conflict project at Princeton University and Stanford University, the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College, the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point Military Academy, the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University, the Center for the Study of Terrorism in Rome, the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University, the economics department at Bar Ilan University, the political science department at Johns Hopkins University, and the Belfer Center at Harvard University. Abrahms regularly briefs government agencies including the Central Intelligence Agency, National Intelligence Council, National Counterterrorism Center, and Department of Homeland Security.

Abrahms presents his terrorism research to academic audiences throughout the world like Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and St. Andrews, as well as at venues such as MENSA and TED-X Hollywood. He holds a Ph.D. from UCLA, an M.Phil. from Oxford, and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Max Abrahms has a major book with Oxford University Press that will hit bookstands in September 2018 Rules for Rebels: The Science of Victory in Militant History shows that throughout history the fate of militant groups has depended on the IQ of their leaders. Rules for Rebels is the first book to show what smart militants do to win.

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    Rules for Rebels: The Science of Victory in Militant History

    This talk analyzes hundreds of militant groups throughout history from Islamic State to the Irish Republican Army to reveal why some triumphed politically while others failed. Abrahms discovered that successful militants follow three simple rules based on original insights from numerous disciplines (communication, criminology, economics, history, management, marketing, political science, psychology, sociology) and methodological approaches (qualitative cases studies, content analysis, network analysis, regression analysis, experiments). There’s a science to victory in militant history. But even rebels must follow rules, the leaders of successful terrorist groups do three things that successful CEOs also do.

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    The State of Islamic State: Making Sense of Today’s Terrorism Threat

    Americans view terrorism as the biggest threat in the world according to the latest polls. Television talking heads discuss terrorism around the clock, but none of them know the subject like Professor Max Abrahms, who employs actual research to break down the threat. As one of the world’s leading authorities on terrorism, Abrahms will sort through the hysteria by dissecting the terrorism threat with the most-cutting edge research. After listening to him, you will finally get answers to these timely questions and many more:

    ·         How dangerous is terrorism today?

    ·         How has the terrorism threat changed over time?

    ·         What can we expect terrorists to do in the future?

    ·         What do the terrorists want?

    ·         How will governments respond to terrorism?

    ·         How should governments respond to terrorism?

    ·         Do drone strikes work?

    ·         How smart are terrorists?

    ·         How do terrorists use social media?

    ·         What is the best way to defeat the terrorists?

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