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20th December 2012 – Abu Muqawama

The Shape of Al Shabaab’s Post-Kismayo Attacks

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In late September, African Union (AU) forces surrounded the port city of Kismayo on Somalia’s southern coast. The AU troops stood on the threshold of capturing the city from the al Qaeda-affiliated... more...

17th December 2012 – The Truman Project

Will the U.S. Enjoy “A Brighter Energy Outlook”?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The National Intelligence Council’s newly released Global Trends 2030 report is an important read for anybody interested in the rapidly evolving national-security environment. One part of the report sure... more...

4th December 2012 – The Atlantic

Gitmo’s Troubling Afterlife: The Global Consequences of U.S. Detention Policy

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Senator Dianne Feinstein recently commissioned a Government Accountability Office report identifying prison facilities in the continental United States suitable for detainees currently held in Guantánamo... more...

19th November 2012 – Jihadology

Perceptions of the “Arab Spring” Within the Salafi-Jihadi Movement

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

“The popular uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain have not only shaken the foundation of the authoritarian order in the Middle East, but they have also hammered a deadly nail in... more...

2nd November 2012 – Pragati

A Blind Spot

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

One area of study that has significantly grown over the past decade is that of radicalisation. How do individuals come to believe that violence is a proper response to current political problems or unjust... more...

1st November 2012 – Gunpowder & Lead

Ayman al Zawahiri’s New Video Messages

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri released a new two-part installment of his video series focusing on Egypt, which was posted on Oct. 24. It seems there was a delay in releasing this installment, as... more...

29th October 2012 – Gunpowder & Lead

Shabaab’s Godane Releases Eid Message

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Shabaab leader Ahmad Abdi Godane (a.k.a. Mokhtar Abu Zubayr) released an audio statement on Saturday commemorating Eid al-Adha that was posted on the pro-Shabaab Calamada website. more...

24th October 2012 – Gunpowder & Lead

Should the Fort Hood Attack be Classified as an Act of Terrorism?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The question of whether the Fort Hood attack carried out by Nidal Hasan should be classified as an act of terrorism is in the news. As ABC News notes, survivors of the attack have... more...

11th October 2012 – The Atlantic

How the Arab Spring’s Prisoner Releases Have Helped the Jihadi Cause

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The investigation of the devastating Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed American ambassador Christopher Stevens -- limited as it is by security concerns that hampered the FBI's access... more...

3rd October 2012 – Foreign Policy

Reports of Al Qaeda’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Al Qaeda is returning to the shadows. The experiment by al-Shabab, al Qaeda's Somali affiliate, of attempting to govern a broad area in Somalia's south officially came to a close this... more...

14th September 2012 – Gunpowder & Lead

Free Speech and Political Violence

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

I find the number of people willing to censor offensive speech in the wake of the anti-Islam film, and the reaction that it has provoked, disturbing. One example is this USA Today op-ed... more...

10th September 2012 – Gunpowder & Lead

LIFG and Al Qaeda: A Response to Zelin

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

On Friday, I had a post at G&L questioning the field’s conventional wisdom that a) there is currently no relationship between the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) and al Qaeda, and b) LIFG is... more...

7th September 2012 – Gunpowder & Lead

The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, Al Qaeda, and Epistemology

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Yesterday I was quoted in a Spencer Ackerman article over at Wired, saying, “We don’t know whether there is a current relationship between LIFG [the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group] and al Qaeda.” more...

4th September 2012 – Gunpowder & Lead

The Public Sphere is Failing Because We Are Failing

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In late May, I met my friend and G&L colleague Jonathan Rue for drinks in Washington’s Chinatown district. The day, even as evening approached, could best be described as scorching, a sign... more...

17th August 2012 – Pragati - India

The Al Qaeda Factor, and the Fate of a Jihadi Group

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

One reason terrorism watchers have often been wrong about some of the critical issues within their field is that so much occurs within the shadows. Over the past eleven years, we can see that multiple near-consensus... more...

12th August 2012 – Gunpowder & Lead

Reflections on Byman’s “Breaking the Bonds”

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The incisive Daniel Byman recently published a new study with the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy entitled Breaking the Bonds between al Qaeda and Its Affiliate Organizations. more...

9th August 2012 – Foreign Policy

The Anti-Social Network: How al-Qaeda Survives

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Terrorism watchers are engaged in a heated debate about the strength of al-Qaeda, the central leadership of which is believed to be in Pakistan. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has claimed that al-Qaeda's "strategic defeat" is within reach. more...

6th August 2012 – Gunpowder & Lead

Nidal Hasan’s “Fairly Benign” Correspondence with Anwar al Awlaki

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

When Nidal Hasan carried out his notorious massacre at Fort Hood in November 2009, it was quickly revealed that he had previously exchanged between ten and twenty emails with the extremist imam Anwar al Awlaki. more...

3rd August 2012 – National Post

It’s Far From Safe to Say That al-Qaeda is Dead

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Agrowing chorus of Western analysts is arguing that al-Qaeda is dead, and that it is time to end the “global war on terror.” As the ubiquitous CNN terrorism analyst and bestselling author Peter Bergen put it:... more...

2nd August 2012 – Gunpowder & Lead

Powering Guantánamo

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Last month, I undertook field research into U.S. detention policy at the detention camp operated by Joint Task Force-Guantánamo (JTF-GTMO). While out there, I had the opportunity to interview Captain John R. Nettleton. more...


22nd February 2013 - 9:30 AM

Policy Under Fire: How Should the US Handle the Non-Criminal Detention of Violent Non-State Actors?

A Conversation with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Dawit Giorgis, Raha Wala and Ben Wittes

Militant fighters have been captured during the war in Mali. This raises questions about whether the American and European positions on preventive detention rest on shaky foundations. Does the fact that Western nations don't do preventive detentions in some way encourage killing rather than capturing enemy forces?

30th January 2013 - 3:59 PM

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross Joins Conversation on Mali

Foreign Policy and the Pulitzer Center present a conversation with Peter Chilson, author of We Never Knew Exactly Where: Dispatches From the Lost Country of Mali, a masterful blend of reportage and history from one of the world's newest front lines in the war on terror -- the endangered African country of Mali.