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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. His research and professional work are focused on the challenges posed by violent non-state actors, with a concentration on al-Qaeda and other jihadist organizations. Gartenstein-Ross is the author or volume editor of fifteen 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, Terrorism & Political Violence, and The Yale Journal of International Affairs. He also frequently conducts field research in relevant regions, including North Africa, the Persian Gulf, and South Asia.

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.

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. His research and professional work are focused on the challenges posed by violent non-state actors, with a concentration on al-Qaeda and other jihadist organizations. Gartenstein-Ross is the author or volume editor of fifteen 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, Terrorism & Political Violence, and The Yale Journal of International Affairs. He also frequently conducts field research in relevant regions, including North Africa, the Persian Gulf, and South Asia.

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.

In addition to his academic work, Gartenstein-Ross consults for clients who need to understand violent non-state actors and twenty-first century conflict. His client work has included live hostage negotiations in the Middle East, risk assessments for oil and gas companies, border security work in Europe, 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 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. He is a senior fellow at George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute and a visiting research fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism—The Hague. 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

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...

21st April 2015 – CNN

The Lead with Jake Tapper

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on ISIS recruitment. more...

17th April 2015 – Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

He Served Saddam. He Served ISIS. Now Al Douri May Be Dead.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

He’s been on the loose since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and despite a $10 million bounty for his capture always managed to stay one step ahead of his pursuers, but now Iraqi officials are fairly confident that the King of Clubs can finally be crossed off the U.S. “kill or capture” list. more...

16th April 2015 – Quoted by Samuel Smith

Has ISIS Established a Training Camp 8 Miles From the Porous Texas Border?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The conservative watchdog website Judicial Watch is claiming that Islamic State terrorists have established a training camp located 8 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border and plan on infiltrating the United States with the help of drug cartel smugglers. more...