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Authors & Insights: Seamus Hughes And Brette Steele


Join the McCain Institute for International Leadership for its next installment of its book talk virtual series on Wednesday, July 21. This event will feature Deputy Director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University Seamus Hughes and the McCain Institute’s Senior Director of the Preventing Targeted Violence Program Brette Steele. They will discuss Hughes’s newest book, Homegrown: ISIS in America, a book that draws on first-hand interviews with former American Islamic State members and law enforcement officials who tracked them, and revealing how and why ISIS was able to radicalize and recruit a new generation of jihadist sympathizers in America.

Two lucky attendees will receive signed copies of “Homegrown: ISIS in America” by Seamus Hughes! The winners, drawn at random, will be notified by email after the event.


Seamus Hughes is the Deputy Director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University. He is an expert on terrorism, homegrown violent extremism, and countering violent extremism (CVE). Hughes has authored numerous reports for the Program including ‘ISIS in America: From Retweets to Raqqa’ and ‘The Travelers: American Jihadists in Syria and Iraq.’ He regularly provides commentary to media outlets, including the New York Times, The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, the Atlantic, CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews, BBC, PBS, and CBS’ 60 Minutes. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on multiple occasions. Hughes previously worked at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), serving as a lead staffer on U.S. government efforts to implement a national CVE strategy. Read full bio here.

Brette Steele serves as the Senior Director for Preventing Targeted Violence at the McCain Institute for International Leadership. In this capacity, she provides strategic leadership and operational management for the Institute’s program to prevent all forms of targeted violence, terrorism, and their impacts in the United States and around the world. With her extensive experience working in the Prevention and Intervention space, Steele serves as a resource to the community of experts identifying opportunities to partner with external organizations in order to increase the efficacy of locally based prevention frameworks and programs. Additionally, Steele serves as the Chair for the Board of Life After Hate. Prior to joining the McCain Institute, Steele served as the Regional Director of Strategic Engagement for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Terrorism Prevention Partnerships. In that role she advised the State of California in the development of a statewide Preventing Violent Extremism Strategy and partnered with counties, cities, and nonprofit organizations to develop and implement Preventing Violent Extremism programs. Read full bio here.


While the U.S. faces a range of challenges these days – both here at home and on the world stage – the McCain Institute maintains that all of them can be met by reaffirming character-driven leadership. To bolster its message, the Institute hosts Authors & Insights Book Talk Series. Through this “reverse book tour,” Institute leaders interview authors of important newly-released books on American politics, policy and leadership with the intention to engage the American people in a dialogue that affirms the importance of character-driven leadership and America’s leadership in the international community. The result will be a blueprint for a brighter future.

McCain Institute
Jul 21, 2021
12:00pm ET