Parallel Networks Announces Formation of Academic Advisory Board

Adds 4 Top Academic Experts in Field of Radicalization, Extremism, Political Violence and De-Radicalization to bolster efforts in research and field work

Washington DC – June 30, 2018 — Parallel Networks is pleased to announce the formation of its Academic Advisory Board to further advance the organization’s mission and objectives. The advisory board members include: Dr. John Horgan, a specialist in terrorism and forensic psychology with particular expertise in de-radicalization initiatives; Dr. Jessica Stern, who focuses on perpetrators of violence and the possible connections between trauma and terror; Dr. Marc Sageman, a forensic psychiatrist and influential author and academic focusing on the turn to political violence, and Dr. Amarnath Amarasingam, who specializes in foreign fighters and diaspora populations.

Jesse Morton, founder of Parallel Networks, “We couldn’t be more pleased with their interest and decision to join our Academic Advisory Board. We consider these scholars the finest in the field of radicalization and extremism studies worldwide. Their input will prove essential as we transition and press forward with new initiatives in research, in post-prison re-integration for former extremists and with targeted interventions.

According to Director Mitch Silber, “On June 4th, we’ll be releasing our first CT/CVE research paper at the New America Foundation, entitled From Revolution Muslim to Islamic State: The American Roots of ISIS’ Online Prowess.  Thereafter, we will shift into full gear with more field work.”

Morton added, “We are currently working on a variety of proposals and building partnerships for robust programs for intervention that cover radicalization into violent extremism [full-spectrum] — from prevention, to online and offline identification, early intervention, disengagement, and through to de-radicalization and rehabilitation.”

Parallel Networks expects that the advice and contributions from its Academic Advisory Board to help insure that future research, services and projects are developed with scientific rigor and measurable outcomes in mind. We want our programs, projects and services to lead to exciting new research and thereby an enhanced body of evidence-based practices. We strongly believe in synergy and see this as an ideal part of building a network to rivals those of extremists.

You can read more about them with their biographies below or on website. Feel free to reach out at parallelnetworks@pnetworks.org. We appreciate your support.

 

Jesse, Juncal and Mitch

 

Biographies of Academic Advisory Board