Inside the Mind of ISIS: Understanding its Goals and Ideology to Better Protect the Homeland

On Wednesday, January 20, 2016, WORDE President Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi provided testimony to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, “Inside the Mind of ISIS: Understanding Its Goals and Ideology to Better Protect the Homeland.” View her prior testimony for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs online.

Dr. Mirahmadi discussed the Montgomery County Model, an innovative community-led public safety model that has a core focus on generating public awareness about the risk factors of violent extremism, and empowering the appropriate figures to intervene with vulnerable individuals before they choose a path of violence. The model is the first evidence-based Countering Violent Extremism [CVE] program in the country. In her remarks, she recommended replicating the model across the US, as well as other avenues to encourage more organizations to be active in this space.

Download Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi’s full testimony, “Understanding ISIS in Order to Better Protect the Homeland.”


Bernard Haykel, D.Phil.
Director, The Institute of Transregional Studies and Professor of Near Eastern Studies
Princeton University


Jessica Stern, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Pardee School for Global Studies
Boston University


Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi, J.D.
World Organization for Resource Development and Education


Lorenzo G. Vidino, Ph.D.
Director, Program on Extremism, Center for Cyber and Homeland Security
George Washington University



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