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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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Osama bin Laden’s ‘Bookshelf’ Reveals al Qaeda’s Long Game

17th March 2016 – The Daily Beast

Osama bin Laden’s ‘Bookshelf’ Reveals al Qaeda’s Long Game

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

When 113 new documents recovered in 2011 during the fatal raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, became publicly available earlier this month, perhaps the most noteworthy insight they offered was the extent of the strategic patience, to borrow a phrase from the Obama administration, possessed by al Qaeda. more...

Analysis & Commentary

3rd May 2016 – Al Jazeera

Inside Story

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the five year anniversary of Bin Laden's death. more...

2nd May 2016 – The Blaze

The Buck Sexton Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the death of Bin Laden and the state of al-Qaeda five years later. more...

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...

27th April 2016 – Quoted by Jennifer Williams - Vox

This bill would let 9/11 victims’ families sue Saudi Arabia. Here’s how it could backfire.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Obama administration is trying to block a bill, known as the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), that would seek to allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for its alleged financial support of al-Qaeda. more...