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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, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and an adjunct assistant professor in Georgetown University’s security studies program, focuses his research on the challenges posed by violent non-state actors. Studies he has authored examine the history, organizational structure, and strategy of the jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia; the economic aspects of al-Qaeda’s military strategy; and the radicalization process for homegrown jihadist terrorists. He is the author or volume editor of twelve 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 TimesReader’s Digest, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, The Yale Journal of International Affairs, and German political science journal Der Bürger im Staat.

Dr. 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 Universität Tübingen (Germany), the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (Israel), the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Counterterrorism Center, and U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, 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, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and an adjunct assistant professor in Georgetown University’s security studies program, focuses his research on the challenges posed by violent non-state actors. Studies he has authored examine the history, organizational structure, and strategy of the jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia; the economic aspects of al-Qaeda’s military strategy; and the radicalization process for homegrown jihadist terrorists. He is the author or volume editor of twelve 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 TimesReader’s Digest, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, The Yale Journal of International Affairs, and German political science journal Der Bürger im Staat.

Dr. 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 Universität Tübingen (Germany), the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (Israel), the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Counterterrorism Center, and U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, 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, border security work in Europe, risk assessment of possible terrorist attacks, examination of alternative futures for terrorist and smuggling networks, expert witness work for asylum seekers from the Horn of Africa, and story and series development for media companies. He also regularly designs and leads training for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Leader Development and Education for Sustained Peace (LDESP) program and the U.S. State Department’s Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance.

Dr. Gartenstein-Ross holds a Ph.D. in world politics from the Catholic University of America, where he also received a M.A. in the same subject. He earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from the New York University School of Law, and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Wake Forest University. 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. He 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 Lies American Jihadists Tell Themselves

21st March 2014 – Foreign Policy

The Lies American Jihadists Tell Themselves

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Just three days before Nicholas Teausant tried to leave the United States -- allegedly bound for Syria, where the 20-year-old American planned to join one of the... more...

Analysis & Commentary

16th April 2014 – The Blaze

Real News

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD's Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses a recent video by al Qaeda in the Arabia Peninsula which may indicate the organization's resurgence. more...

15th April 2014 – Quoted by Zack Beauchamp, Vox

A Nigerian Terrorist Group Just Kidnapped 100 Girls to Keep Them From Going to School

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram, one of the world's most dangerous Islamist groups, just abducted 100 girls from a school in northeastern Nigeria. Why would... more...

15th April 2014 – Channel NewsAsia

News

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Boston Marathon bombing, one year later. more...

14th April 2014 – Syndicated

Nothing But Truth

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Providing military assistance to the Syrian rebels and Ukraine. more...