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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 CIA’s Syria Program and the Perils of Proxies

19th January 2016 – The Daily Beast

The CIA’s Syria Program and the Perils of Proxies

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Almost every aspect of the Obama administration’s policy toward Syria has been scrutinized, lambasted or praised in recent months, but one of the most significant facets, the CIA’s covert aid program to Syrian rebels, has largely slipped below the radar. more...

Analysis & Commentary

22nd January 2016 – CCTV America

The Heat

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the rise of U.S. militia groups. more...

20th January 2016 – Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

Leaked ISIS document: we’re cutting fighter salaries in half

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Though the American media often portrays ISIS as an unstoppable, terrifying juggernaut, the truth is that the group is in real trouble, and is actually losing ground in its core Iraqi and Syrian holdings. A new leaked internal document suggests the pressure may be even worse than we thought. According to the document, ISIS is being forced to slash salaries for its fighters by half across its holdings. more...

20th January 2016 – Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Syrian, Iraqi Tribes Snub Fightback Against Jihadists

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State group has been losing large swaths of territory to Western-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters and the Iraqi military supported by Shi'ite militias, but a key ingredient in the fightback against jihadists is missing — local tribes are not turning en masse against Islamic militants in Syria or Iraq. more...

20th January 2016 – CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the attack on Bacha Khan University. more...