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Criminal and Terrorists Profiling - a Practical Approach

Post ISIS era, highlight the crime terrorism nexus as well as the dramatic changes the field of terrorism has been going through. The profile of terrorism and terrorists has also changed extensively in the last twenty years, and these changes made it easier for social scientists to revel the true social-psychological profile of terrorism and terrorist today. In this lecture I’ll explore the main foundation of the method of criminal profiling and how it has been adjusted to respond to these unique changes, in the field of terrorism.

Terrorists minds- the social-psychological profile of terrorist leaders

What is it that truly motivates a terrorist? And how can we predict his or her future behaviour? The answers to these vital questions are many and varied, while, each individual also carries their own specifics. Yet recent years have seen tremendous advances in the research and techniques used to answer such questions. In this lecture I’ll explore the social-psychological profile of terrorist leaders in Israeli prison, based on personal encounters with terrorist leaders of three main Palestinian terrorist groups: Hamas, Fatah and Islamic Jihad, in prisons around Israel. What are their main social-psychological characteristic, and do the long term prison sentence has any influence on their extreme mind-set.

Radicalisation and de-radicalisation processes around the world- terrorism then and now

The rise of ISIS has revealed a significant phenomenon of radicalisation around the world, where a substantial number of people from different cultures, languages and places around the world have been going through a similar proses of radicalisation where they have come to support terrorism and violent extremism and, in some cases, then join terrorist groups. Who are the people that are going through this proses? Do they have a specific profile and similar characteristics? Or maybe the same background and life experiences? In this lecture I’ll explore the profile of radicalisation and the people that are vulnerable to it, what are the characteristics of this process? Can it be stopped? Can we stop people from going through this proses? And if once they have been radicalised can they be rehabilitated?

Dr. Sagit Yehoshua

Criminologist, specialising in criminal and terrorist profiling

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English, Hebrew

Sagit is a criminologist, specialising in criminal and terrorist profiling, the psychology of terrorism and extremists risk assessment. Sagit is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Counter-Terrorism (I.C.T.), Inter-Disciplinary Centre, Herzliya, Israel, and also joined ICSR- International Centre for the Study of De-radicalisation, at King's college London as an Atkin Research Fellow in 2009. Currently, Sagit works as a lecturer at the Hebrew university in Jerusalem as well as the IDC, Interdisciplinary centre in Herzliya, Israel. She also works as a consultant for Intelligence, commercial, and private security companies as well as a profiler and extremist’s risk assessor in Israel and internationally.

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