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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 who is best known for his granular analyses of jihadist organizations, his paradigmatic studies on the evolving role of violent non-state actors (VNSAs) in world politics, and his work on the intersection of new and emerging technologies with sub-state violence. 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 VNSAs.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies who is best known for his granular analyses of jihadist organizations, his paradigmatic studies on the evolving role of violent non-state actors (VNSAs) in world politics, and his work on the intersection of new and emerging technologies with sub-state violence. 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 VNSAs.

Both a scholar and a practitioner, some of Dr. Gartenstein-Ross’s most recent academic projects involve analyzing how the rise of VNSAs in the political sphere historically parallels the emergence of the “start-up economy,” providing a strategic map for more rigorous and effective combating violent extremism (CVE) campaigns, and detailing how the Islamic State (ISIS) has used its propaganda apparatus to fuel its global expansion efforts. Dr. Gartenstein-Ross is 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 Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, and Terrorism & Political Violence. As a practitioner, Dr. Gartenstein-Ross has briefed high-level U.S. officials on the Islamic State’s terrorist network in Europe; provided detailed reporting on an Iraq-based VNSA to a security firm to support a live hostage negotiation; performed risk assessments for major firms in the oil and gas industry making investment decisions and determining how to protect their assets and personnel in the Middle East and Africa; lectured 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 designed and led crisis simulations for major academic institutions. 

Dr. 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 been 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). 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 Defence College (Abu Dhabi), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Minerva Research Initiative, and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Dr. Gartenstein-Ross 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 can conduct research in five languages.

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Uncovering if Pulse club massacre in Orlando was an ‘ISIS Attack’

13th June 2016 – New York Daily News

Uncovering if Pulse club massacre in Orlando was an ‘ISIS Attack’

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Omar Mateen wanted the world to associate his attack at an Orlando nightclub, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, with ISIS, the self-proclaimed Islamic State. more...

Analysis & Commentary

28th July 2016 – Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Syrian Rebel Realignment Likely as al-Qaida Leader Blesses Split

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Showing his face for the first time since his jihadist group was formed in 2012, the head of Syria's Jabhat al-Nusra, Abu Mohamad al-Jolani, announced that he was breaking ties with al-Qaida in remarks broadcast Thursday by Al-Jazeera news channel. more...

28th July 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses his recent article on the myth of lone-wolf terrorism. more...

26th July 2016 – Foreign Affairs

The Myth of Lone-Wolf Terrorism

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

This month, Europe has again been rocked by a series of shocking terrorist attacks perpetrated by lone individuals and claimed in the name of the Islamic State (ISIS). more...

22nd July 2016 – Quoted by Angie Chui - Christian Today

ISIS kill list 2016: 264 Massachussets state workers included in latest list

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The threat of Islamic State continues to sow fear, this time with the reported release of its latest kill list which bears the names of 264 state workers in Massachussets. more...