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Devotion to Cause and Comrades - The Psychological Underpinnings of Violent Extremism
Start Date: 9/21/2018Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Date: 9/21/2018End Time: 5:00 PM

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Title:
 Devotion to Cause and Comrades - The Psychological Underpinnings of Violent Extremism
Presenter:
Hammad Sheikh

Readings: 
Empirical Evidence for the Devoted Actor ModelThe Devoted Actor's Will to Fight and the Spiritual Dimension of Human Conflict, & The Islamic State's Lingering Legacy among Young Men from the Mosul Area

Hammad Sheikh received a PhD in Social Psychology from the New School for Social Research and is currently a visiting scholar at the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict at Oxford University. He will present work - published in CTC Sentinel - from the Mosul area (Iraq) just after it was liberated from ISIL rule. This work suggests that preventing violence outbreaks in the future will require more than merely defeating ISIL militarily. He will contextualize these findings within his broader research on ideologically driven violence. While the efforts of researchers (and policymakers) are often focused on specific forms of militancy which are are tied to space and culture (e.g., Jihadism and right-wing extremism), Hammad Sheik’s research spans from Northern Ireland the North of Iraq examining factors that extremists across ideologies have in common. To this end, he collaborates with field-based researchers and regional experts and uses a multi-method approach, ranging from data collections among combatants in active conflict zones to psychological experiments in field settings, lab experiments, and more recently neuro-imaging studies. His work has garnered interest from the press and policy makers and has informed reports and briefings to the Department of Defense, State Department, Special Operations Command Central, Central Command, FBI, and the United Nations.
Location Information:
899 Tenth Ave - Harren Hall  (View Map)
899 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
New York
Room: 630 HAAREN HALL
Hammad Sheikh

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