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.
Dr. Berko lectures at the IDC’s Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Security. She also conducts counter-terrorism lectures for NATO, and before Congress, the State Department, the FBI, 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. Her new book is: The Smarter Bomb: Women and Children as Suicide Bombers.
"I want to personally thank you for including USF in the “Less Hamas More Hummus” program. It was an absolute reward to host Dr. Anat Berko. It was enlightening for the students to hear her speak about the dangers of terrorism. She gave a unique and diverse perspective by using case studies from Pakistan and Iraq. She also provided students with knowledge that they never possessed before about women and children who became shahids. The feedback from the students was amazing, and we would like to continue to be included in any of these events in the future." -Anat Valdman, Program Director of Florida Hillels of the Suncoast
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