Bethany L. McGann is a senior program assistant at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Bethany combines a background in governance and rule of law with deep interest in data analysis and internet-based technologies. In previous roles she carried programs and communications portfolios at the World Justice Project; served as a United Nations election monitor in Solomon Islands with the East-West Center; and supported programming the US Embassy in Suva, Fiji in both Public Diplomacy and Political-Economic sections. She joined USIP in June 2014 as a program assistant with the International Network to Promote the Rule of Law (INPROL), a global community of practice for policing and rule of law practitioners and researchers. Bethany joined the Researching Solutions to Violent Extremism (RESOLVE) Network in 2016, supporting research, communications and overseeing the online Network Knowledge Platform. She holds a B.A. in Government from Smith College in Northampton, MA.

Publications By Bethany L.

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. 

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.

Violent Extremism; Justice, Security & Rule of Law

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