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Dr. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Senior Fellow

Areas of Impact:

Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, Radicalization, Global War on Terrorism, Somalia, Islamism, Homegrown Terrorism, Pakistan, Iraq, Al Qaeda, Afghanistan, Energy Security

Biography:

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program, a Fellow with Google’s Jigsaw, an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague, and the Chief Executive Officer of Valens Global, a consulting firm focusing on the challenges posed by violent non-state actors (VNSAs).

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program, a Fellow with Google’s Jigsaw, an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague, and the Chief Executive Officer of Valens Global, a consulting firm focusing on the challenges posed by violent non-state actors (VNSAs).

This topic—VNSAs and the changing nature of armed conflict—has served as a unifying theme in Gartenstein-Ross’s research and professional work. His writing ranges from the broad and paradigmatic—including analyzing how the rise of VNSAs in the political sphere historically parallels the rise of the start-up economy, and offering a detailed critique of the strategies underpinning the “global war on terror”—to the granular and intricately detailed, including authoring one of the first studies on the Tunisian jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia, and charting the strategic competition between the Islamic State and al-Qaeda (a study that predicted al-Qaeda’s powerful reemergence when such predictions still ran afoul of conventional wisdom). Gartenstein-Ross has been the author or volume editor of twenty-one books and monographs, and has published widely in the popular and academic press, including in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, The Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, and Terrorism & Political Violence.

Gartenstein-Ross’s academic research is fundamentally connected to his work as a practitioner, where he fuses deep granular knowledge of militant groups with such new and emerging analytic tools as social-media analysis, big data, and machine learning. His client projects have included briefing high-level U.S. officials on the Islamic State’s terrorist network in Europe; mapping the online anti-ISIS narrative space for a major tech firm; providing detailed reporting to support live hostage negotiations in the Middle East; performing risk assessments for major oil and gas firms making investment decisions, and determining how to protect their assets and personnel; lecturing for U.S. military personnel preparing for overseas deployments through the U.S. Department of Defense’s Leader Development and Education for Sustained Peace (LDESP) program; and designing and leading crisis simulations for major academic institutions.

Gartenstein-Ross has testified on his areas of core competency before the U.S. House and Senate a dozen times, as well as before the Canadian House of Commons. He has also presented his research at events sponsored by the Royal United Services Institute (London), O.P. Jindal Global University (India), the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (Israel), the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies (Kazakhstan), Uppsala University (Sweden), the National Defense College (Abu Dhabi), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the U.S. National Defense University, U.S. Special Operations Command (Tampa, Fla.), the Minerva Research Initiative, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Sun Valley Global Affairs Forum (Sun Valley, Idaho). He has been both a featured speaker at The Chautauqua Institution (Chautauqua, N.Y.) and in the Distinguished Speaker Series at the University of Southern California’s National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE).

Gartenstein-Ross has taught classes or been on faculty at a number of major academic institutions, including the Catholic University of America, the University of Maryland, the University of Southern California, and the Takshashila Institution (India). He holds a Ph.D. in world politics from the Catholic University of America and a J.D. from the New York University School of Law. Gartenstein-Ross can conduct research in six languages.

Gartenstein-Ross’s e-mail address is daveed@defenddemocracy.org, and his work can be followed on Twitter.

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How the Islamic State’s Propaganda Feeds Into Its Global Expansion Efforts

28th April 2016 – War on the Rocks

How the Islamic State’s Propaganda Feeds Into Its Global Expansion Efforts

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Even before the dramatic blitzkrieg the Islamic State launched through northern Iraq in June 2014, the group had been focused on expanding its presence beyond Syria and Iraq. The group has by now declared wilayats (provinces) in West Africa (Wilayat Ifriqiyah, the organization formerly known as Boko Haram), in the Caucasus region of Russia, and in countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa. more...

Analysis & Commentary

25th May 2016 – Quoted by Louis Jacobsen - Politifact

Donald Trump’s Pants on Fire claim that US is letting in ‘tens of thousands’ of terrorists now

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Donald Trump has advocated for a "temporary" ban on Muslims coming into the United States to prevent any terrorists from crossing the border. But are there already tens of thousands of terrorists coming into the country now? That’s what he claimed in an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. more...

20th May 2016 – Quoted by C. Eugene Emery Jr. - Politifact

Donald Trump now being used in terrorist propaganda videos, Hillary Clinton says

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Hillary Clinton took flak from fact-checkers back in December when she claimed that Donald Trump’s comments were being used as a recruiting tool by ISIS. more...

10th May 2016 – 104.1 KQTH

The Jon Justice Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses how new communication and marketing technologies have moved the 2016 election. more...

6th May 2016 – Quoted by Patrick Goodenough - CNS

Obama Adviser Quoted: ‘We Created an Echo Chamber’ to Sell the Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A lengthy New York Times Magazine profile of President Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes portrays him as a spinmeister contemptuous of the foreign policy establishment who fed credulous journalists a misleading narrative to sell the Iran nuclear deal to the American people. more...