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Peter S. Henne

Media and Commentary

Posted: August 26th, 2016 by phenne

I am available for media interviews or appearances on the Middle East–particularly terrorism, Turkey and Gulf politics–religious freedom, and international religious politics. I can be contacted at peter.henne[at]uvm.edu.

I blog at Medium and The Huffington Post. I have written on religion and counterterrorism–with a focus on Pakistan and the Middle East–at the Washington Post’s Monkey CagePolitical Violence at a Glance and the Religious Freedom Institute’s Cornerstone blog. Earlier work appeared in The Duck of Minerva, Real Clear World, and Political Violence at a Glance. See my News page for more information on recent policy-relevant work.

Additionally, I have discussed Middle East politics and international religious issues with several media outlets. Recent appearances include WCAX, the Associated Press and Religion News Service. I have also appeared on NPR, The Atlantic, and Voice of America.

Finally, I have done some work oriented towards policy audiences. This includes a research report on religious freedom and violent extremism with Georgetown University’s Berkley Center, white paper I wrote with several colleagues at START on qualitative methods and terrorism studies, and a shorter piece (also with START colleagues) on the promise of “big data” for terrorism research. Additionally, I was the lead author on two reports with the Pew Research Center’s Global Religious Restrictions project, in 2015 and 2016.

Selected Media Appearances:

“What will Trump’s Jerusalem announcement mean for Middle East peace?” WCAX6 December 2017

Adelle M. Banks, “5 faith facts about Sam Brownback,” Religion News Service27 July 2017

“Lawrence of Arabia, Rolls fans, say they have solved WWI mystery,” Associated Press, 4 July 2017

Tom Gjelten, “Pew Study on Religion Finds Increased Harassment of Jews,” NPR All Things Considered, 26 February 2015

Doug Bernard, “More Governments Using Internet to Enforce Blasphemy Laws,” Voice of America13 January 2015

Selected Recent Writing:

“Trump says Pakistan ‘harbors terrorists.’ The real story isn’t so simple,” Washington Post The Monkey Cage, 28 August 2017.

“What effect does religious freedom promotion have on counterterrorism?” Religious Freedom Institute Cornerstone blog, 26 June 2017

“How Trump’s Budget may harm US counterterrorism,” Political Violence at a Glance, 21 March 2017

Interviews about my book, Islamic Politics, Muslim States and Counterterrorism Tensions

“Peter Henne on religion-state relations and counterterrorism,” Research on Religion podcast series, 27 August, 2017

Zane Moses, “Where religion, politics and terrorism meet: Researcher Q&A with Peter Henne,” National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism1 August 2017




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