Jessica Stern

Jessica Stern

Biography: 

Jessica Stern consults with various government agencies on counter-terrorism policy. In 2009, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work on trauma and violence.  She has authored Terror in the Name of God, selected by the New York Times as a notable book of the year; The Ultimate Terrorists; and numerous articles on terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. She served on President Clinton’s National Security Council Staff in 1994–95 and is a member of the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations. She was named a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Fellow of the World Economic Forum, and a Harvard MacArthur Fellow. She has a BS from Barnard College in chemistry, an MA from MIT in chemical engineering/technology policy, and a PhD from Harvard University in public policy.

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The Imperative to Protect Institutions: An Amended Front-Page Rule

by Jessica Sternvia The Briefing
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

“Every age has its own kind of war,” Clausewitz prognosticated in the early 19th century.[i]  And the corollary is that every age has its own kind of intelligence requirements and seductions.

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The Briefing: The Imperative to Protect Institutions: An Amended Front-Page Rule

by Jessica Sternvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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Brief Interviews with Hideous Terrorists

by Jessica Sternvia ForeignPolicy.com
Thursday, April 25, 2013
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Hoover task force member Jessica Stern discusses the bombing at the Boston Marathon on WAMC Public Radio

by Jessica Sternvia WAMC Northeast Public Radio
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Jessica Stern, a member of the Hoover Institution’s Task Force on National Security and Law, says the pressure cookers used in the Boston Marathon bombings have been used in other attacks, including those in Mumbai, India.

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The Briefing: The Costs of the Moral Injury to Our Troops Fighting the Wars on Terrorism

by Jessica Sternvia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, February 1, 2013
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The Costs of the Moral Injury to Our Troops Fighting the Wars on Terrorism

by Jessica Sternvia The Briefing
Friday, February 1, 2013

Those who volunteer to defend their country know they are putting their lives at risk.  But the troops and their families are only just beginning to understand the extent to which they are putting their mental health at risk.  As we get better at keeping wounded warriors alive

YouTube Countdown to Paradise

A Radical Idea

by Jessica Sternvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 23, 2012

What if we could make terrorism uncool? By Jessica Stern.

Other Media

A Powerful Tool to Prevent Future Terror

by Jessica Sternvia TEDx
Thursday, December 1, 2011

Jessica Stern talks at TEDxAmsterdam Women 2011

Bin Laden holding world

The Bin Laden Decade

by Jessica Sternvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Taking stock of the years since 9/11. By Jessica Stern.

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Can Google Make Non-Violence Cool?

by Jessica Sternvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, August 25, 2011

The company’s new ‘think/do tank’ aims to steer youth away from terrorism and gangs...

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