PEERTALKS with Dr. Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin on Early childhood development and the mind and body language of the terrorists – the prologue to violence is early childhood.
Dr. Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin began her academic career after receiving a doctorate in comparative literature, with a focus on the Islamic literature of medieval Spain – Ahadith of the Moriscos. She has a tremendous interest in the coexistence of the three Abrahamic faiths. A graduate analyst of the Chicago Institute of Psychoanalysis and a PTSD trauma expert, she taught and supervised psychiatry residents in Minneapolis, where she had a private practice. After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, she was contacted by the U.S. Army concerning her work on the link between the devalued female and the jihadi suicide attack and was invited by the military and law enforcement to lecture on radical Islam and conduct prison interviews among the Somalis in Minnesota. She is also a graduate of the Human Terrain Program, Leavenworth, Kansas, which is affiliated with the U.S. Army. In 2010, Dr. Kobrin is an internationally renowned counterterrorism expert ― emigrated from the Twin Cities to Israel, where she continues her work. She is a fellow of the American Center for Democracy. Dr. Kobrin holds an academic appointment as an external expert at La Universidad de Granada concerning Jihadese, the special nonverbal pantomime language that the Jihadis speak related to early childhood trauma in the maternal attachment. She has authored The Banality of Suicide Terrorism (also in Hebrew), Penetrating the Terrorist Psyche, The Maternal Drama of the Chechen Jihadi, The Jihadi Dictionary [soon to be published in French), and The Last Two Jews of Mogadishu Living under Al Shabaab’s Fire.