The International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) is new. Started in July of 2015, ICSVE grew out of Dr. Anne Speckhard’ s work on counterterrorism and counter- radicalization spanning more than two decades.

Our growing team of diverse academic and professional backgrounds provides research, training, and strategic advice to government leaders, intelligence, defense, international organizations, police 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, alternative narrative, developing community resilience, managing intervention activities, and training.

Given the prolific use of media by terrorist organizations such as ISIS to spur their global reach and propaganda, fighting ISIS and similar groups in the digital and information realm has become a major pillar of our research activities. We take pride in our field-based primary research and evidence-based educational video materials that are carefully crafted to counter the efforts of extremist and terrorist organizations to publicize their propaganda and garner support for violence. We at ICSVE strongly believe that the voices of defectors and victims of terrorist groups should be the overriding force in our collective counter-narrative efforts. First-person research with extremists, terrorists, and their supporters, and evidence-based counter- messaging is what makes our organization stand out from the rest.


ICSVE provides field research, training, and advice to government leaders, intelligence, police, defense, international organizations, and civilians worldwide—most recently in the United States, Europe, Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia, and the Balkans—on the core areas of P/CVE and counter-terrorism. ICSVE is currently engaged in collaborative projects with partners in the field, including  NAMA—Strategic Intelligence Solutions,  in Amman, Jordan, and the non-profit “Not in God’s Name” (Verein zur Förderung von Interkulturellem Dialog c./o) in Vienna, Austria. ICSVE staff have also trained, conducted research, consulted to, and lectured for NATO, OSCE, and foreign governments and embassies—and in the United States to the U.S. Senate & House, Department of State, Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health & Human Services, CIA, and FBI. They also frequently consult to and appear on CNN, BBC, NPR, Fox News, MSNBC, CTV, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, London Times, and many other publications. ICSVE staff conduct research worldwide and are available to train and lecture for international conferences and workshops as well as assist those working in communities susceptible to radicalization and violent extremism.

ICSVE welcomes all partners and donors interested in countering violent extremism. We welcome scholars and leaders from academia to politics to creative pursuits in the fight against violent extremism. The organization is dedicated to pushing the limits of excellence and building a solid architecture of global counter-radicalization and counterterrorism research and cooperation

You may contact us for, and find here on the 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 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.