PODCAST | The Science of Human Security: Building Communities Resilient to Violent Extremism

Carlos Faraco
Oct 27, 2017

In a world that is currently plagued by incidents of violent extremism and terror, we are often presented with messages or news stories that focus on the leaders of violent extremist organizations or the perpetrators of such attacks. That type of messaging has affected the way that government and the public view violent extremism. It may be a distraction from more fully addressing the root cause of violent extremism through the use of human sciences, such as psychology, sociology and anthropology.

In this episode, Dr. Patrick Christian will explain how he and his partners at Valka-Mir Human Security are changing the way the US military thinks and goes about intervening in communities targeted by violent extremist groups. By training the military on evidence-based findings from social science research, they aim to build communities resilient to violent extremism and violent extremist ideologies.


Host: Carlos Faraco, Ph.D. Neuroscience, 2016-18 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Institute of Justice

Patrick Christian, Ph.D., Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel of Special Forces (Green Beret), Managing Partner, Valka-Mir Human Security R&D, Senior Social Scientist, US Army, J.F.K. Special Warfare Education Group, Visiting Research Professor, Joint Special Operations University.

Executive Producer

Carlos Faraco, Ph.D. Neuroscience, 2016-18 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Institute of Justice

Image: Dr. Patrick Christian.

Carlos Faraco

Carlos is a neuroscientist whose academic work has primarily focused on developing novel human MRI methods to evaluate disease progression and incident risk in stroke and neurodegenerative disease patients. His current work as an AAAS S&T Policy fellow at the National Institute of Justice has focused on strategic planning and developing effective science communication strategies. Additionally, Carlos is co-Director and Executive Producer for the Sci on the Fly podcast, as well as Editor for the blog.


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