Bethany L. McGann serves as the research and project manager for the RESOLVE Network—the research component of USIP’s countering violent extremism team within the Center for Applied Conflict Transformation.

McGann joined USIP in 2014 after two years working on programs and stakeholder engagement at the World Justice Project. Her prior experiences include serving as an election monitor in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea and working in the political and economic sections at the U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji.

McGann’s research focuses on issues of hybrid security governance and non-state actors, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. She contributed the Africa paper for the 2019 West Point Student Conference on U.S. Affairs, and her most recent personal research on non-state actors’ use of unmanned aerial vehicles was cited in New America’s 2019 Annual Terrorism Assessment.

Bethany holds a master’s in security policy studies from The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs and a bachelor’s in government and international affairs from Smith College.

Publications By Bethany L.

COVID-19 and Conflict: Violent Extremism

COVID-19 and Conflict: Violent Extremism

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

By: Kateira Aryaeinejad; Bethany L. McGann

The COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the globe is reshaping dynamics in fragile states and conflict zones. In this video, part of our #COVIDandConflict series, Kateira Aryaeinejad and Bethany McGann examine the pandemic's impacts on violent extremism: how extremist groups are exploiting the crisis, whether it is impacting recruitment, and how it complicates efforts to counter violent extremism.

Type: Blog

Violent Extremism; Global Health

Fight Against Violent Extremism Suffers Research Gaps

Fight Against Violent Extremism Suffers Research Gaps

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

By: Candace Rondeaux; Bethany L. McGann

The Trump administration’s effort to craft a new White House strategy to defeat the self-styled Islamic State extremist group has revived key questions, such as why young people join such organizations and how to reduce violent extremism or even prevent it in the first place. A recent analysis of studies conducted over the past 18 years reveals significant gaps in research that undermine the ability to curb this pervasive threat. 

Type: Blog

Violent Extremism; Fragility & Resilience

Twitter Forum Explores Lawlessness at Sea

Twitter Forum Explores Lawlessness at Sea

Monday, August 24, 2015

By: Bethany L. McGann

The unreported murder of four men in plain view, all too common on the high seas, led New York Times reporter Ian Urbina into the merciless world that resulted in his investigative series, "The Outlaw Ocean." In an event hosted by the International Network to Promote the Rule of Law (INPROL) and USIP on Aug. 18, Urbina and a panel of experts convened from three continents for a virtual forum on Twitter to discuss the issues and impact of lawlessness at sea.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Violent Extremism; Justice, Security & Rule of Law

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