One of the Center’s operating convictions is that understanding the mind-culture nexus has the potential to improve our ability to achieve stable solutions to international security challenges. International security turns both on culture-level circumstances (politics, economics, ecology) and on mind-level realities (emotions, worldviews, cognitive biases). So policies aimed at increasing international security need to pay attention to both levels.

Extremist Violence Project

Humans are prone to violence so we have learned that peace is hard-won. Religious groups with potent convictions intensify everything, stimulating both violent acts and movements for peace and justice. We creatively employs psychological, anthropological, social, and economic analyses; big-data sources; and statistical modeling and computer simulation to understand extremist violence. The Extremist Violence Project aims to understand the sources and dynamics of extremist violence, to predict where and when it is most likely to flare up, to identify how to avoid it, and to determine how best to arrest it when it starts.