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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, an adjunct assistant professor in Georgetown University’s security studies program, and a lecturer at the Catholic University of America. He is also the chief executive officer of Valens Global, a consulting firm focusing on the challenges posed by violent non-state actors.

It is this latter topic—violent non-state actors and the changing nature of armed conflict—that has served as a unifying theme in Gartenstein-Ross’s research and professional work for over a decade. His body of work concentrates on, but has not been limited to, al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, and other jihadist organizations with transnational ambitions. Gartenstein-Ross is the author or volume editor of eighteen books and monographs, including Bin Laden’s Legacy (Wiley, 2011), and has published widely in the popular and academic press, including in The New York Times, The Washington PostForeign PolicyThe AtlanticStudies in Conflict & Terrorism, and Terrorism & Political Violence. He also frequently conducts field research in relevant regions, including North Africa, the Persian Gulf, and South Asia.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, an adjunct assistant professor in Georgetown University’s security studies program, and a lecturer at the Catholic University of America. He is also the chief executive officer of Valens Global, a consulting firm focusing on the challenges posed by violent non-state actors.

It is this latter topic—violent non-state actors and the changing nature of armed conflict—that has served as a unifying theme in Gartenstein-Ross’s research and professional work for over a decade. His body of work concentrates on, but has not been limited to, al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, and other jihadist organizations with transnational ambitions. Gartenstein-Ross is the author or volume editor of eighteen books and monographs, including Bin Laden’s Legacy (Wiley, 2011), and has published widely in the popular and academic press, including in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, and Terrorism & Political Violence. He also frequently conducts field research in relevant regions, including North Africa, the Persian Gulf, and South Asia.

Gartenstein-Ross’s client work has provided the opportunity to put his academic study of violent non-state actors into practice. His client work has included live hostage negotiations in the Middle East, border security work in Europe, performing risk assessments for the oil and gas industry, designing crisis simulations for major academic institutions, and story and series development for major media companies. He also regularly lectures for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Leader Development and Education for Sustained Peace (LDESP) program, and has designed and led training for the U.S. State Department’s Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance.

Gartenstein-Ross has presented his research at events sponsored by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Uppsala University (Sweden), the Combating Terrorism Working Group (Belgium), O.P. Jindal Global University (India), the National Defense College (Abu Dhabi), the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (Israel), and the Defense Intelligence Agency, among others. He has been featured in the Distinguished Speaker Series at the University of Southern California’s National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), and has been a keynote speaker at the Global Futures Forum.

Gartenstein-Ross has taught classes or been on faculty at a number of major academic institutions, including the 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 five languages.

Gartenstein-Ross’s e-mail address is daveed@defenddemocracy.org, and you can follow him on Twitter.

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The Crisis in North Africa

22nd April 2015 – Clingendael Netherlands Institute of International Relations

The Crisis in North Africa

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Arab Spring protests of 2011 that swept through the Middle East and North Africa radically reshaped the region’s political and security environment. Longstanding regimes in Egypt and Tunisia fell in a matter of weeks, though the political orders that underpinned these regimes remained largely intact. Conversely, the violent overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi’s government in Libya upended the political status quo and forced post revolutionary leaders to attempt to rebuild political institutions from the regime’s ashes. To the west, Morocco and Algeria have largely avoided the political turmoil that enveloped their eastern neighbors, though the threat of domestic unrest prompted both governments to adopt political and economic reforms that at least symbolically addressed the grievances of their populations. more...

Analysis & Commentary

26th May 2015 – Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s ISIS Gaffe is Even Worse Than You Think

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Most people take Memorial Day weekend as a time for beaches and family barbecues. US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter spent it being publicly, frighteningly wrong about a key front in America's war against ISIS. more...

22nd May 2015 – Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Libyan Diplomat: Violence Likely If Peace Talks Fail

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Libya faces renewed violence if a June 17 deadline for the conclusion of peace talks next month doesn't unify the country, a move that's needed to help resolve the Mediterranean migrant crisis and the Islamic State threat to Europe, Libya's top diplomat in Washington said. more...

21st May 2015 – Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

The Hidden Story of the Bin Laden Documents: They Tell Us How al-Qaeda Really Works

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Who would have guessed that al-Qaeda had a job application so full of corporate jargon — "What objectives would you would like to accomplish on your jihad path?" — that it reads like a gag from Office Space? more...

19th May 2015 – Quoted by Sean D. Naylor - Foreign Policy

New Question About Drone Strike That Killed Missing American

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

More than three weeks after the White House announced that a U.S. drone strike that killed a high-ranking al Qaeda figure had also taken the lives of two Western hostages, experts are still puzzling over why a senior terrorist was sharing a compound with hostages in the first place. more...