Civil War: America's Epic Struggle

Civil War: America's Epic Struggle

by Multieducator



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781885881120
Publisher: Multieducator Inc
Publication date: 05/28/1995
Product dimensions: 6.18(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin, Ph.D., is a psychoanalyst and counterterrorist expert. She is a fellow of the American Center for Democracy and has a doctorate in comparative literature, specializing in translation theory, semiotics and aljamía, Old Spanish in Arabic script, focusing on Islam and Hadith. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Spanish and Portuguese, which she studied in Mexico, Brazil, and Portugal. She also studied Hebrew, receiving a Bachelors of Judaic Studies prior to her doctoral work. Her post-doctoral work included training at the Chicago Institute of Psychoanalysis, where she became the first woman from the Upper Midwest with a doctorate in a non-medical field to graduate from the Institute. At the same time, Dr. Kobrin was appointed director of graduate studies for the department of comparative literature and also taught Jewish Studies. In the 1980s she independently began to focus on the psychological mindset of the terrorist, drawing from her own "internal terrorist." After the train attacks in Madrid, she presented (in Spanish) to the Madrid police. She has also presented to NATO, as well as to law enforcement and military in Sri Lanka, throughout the United States, England, and Israel. Because of her expertise in this field, she was invited to conduct interviews with Somali prisoners, which led to her becoming a specialist on Somali culture.

After 9/11 the U.S. Army at Fort Leonard Wood asked Dr. Kobrin to help them understand the relationship between the devalued female in Arab Muslim shame-honor culture and the spawning of Islamic suicide terrorism. Her analytic training allowed her to develop a theory for the suicide attack that explained its unconscious derivatives within the scope of the family. This was published in her 2010 book, The Banality of Suicide Terrorism, available from Potomac. The Hebrew translation appeared in 2013 with a forward written by professor emeritus Gideon Kressel, one of Israel's leading experts on the Bedouins. Her second book, Penetrating the Terrorist Psyche, published in 2013 and available at, explains the importance of early childhood development and expounds on the onset of terrorism as it occurs during maternal attachment and bonding. It focuses on the interlocking links of domestic violence, domestic terrorism, and political violence. Dr. Kobrin is a graduate of the Human Terrain System program in Leavenworth, Kansas.

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