Anat Berko, PhD
Dr. Anat Berko, a world-renowned terrorism expert whose research focuses on suicide bombers and their handlers (first hand research), conducts research for Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Team and Israel’s National Security Council, and serves as an advisor to senior government officials. A visiting professor at George Washington University, Dr. Berko is a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. She also lectures at the IDC’s Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Security. Dr. Berko conducts counter-terrorism lectures for NATO, and before Congress, the State Department, the FBI and the military forces, and for a multitude of universities throughout the United States and elsewhere. A sought-after commentator, Dr. Berko appears frequently in the international media to provide her professional insight following terrorism incidents throughout the world. After a distinguished 25-year career in the military, where she achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Berko retired from the Israel Defense Forces in 2003. She holds a Ph.D. in Criminology from Bar-Ilan University and is the author of The Path to Paradise: The Inner World of Suicide Bombers and Their Dispatchers and her new book is: The Smarter Bomb: Women and Children as Suicide Bombers.