Gary Ackerman is Assistant Director for Research and Communication at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). Prior to this he was Director of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism Research Program at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies. His research encompasses various areas relating to terrorism and counterterrorism, including terrorist threat assessment, terrorist technologies and motivations for using CBRN weapons, radicalisation processes and the modelling and simulation of terrorist behaviour. Ackerman is the co-editor of Jihadists and Weapons of Mass Destruction (CRC Press, 2009) and has authored several papers relating to the motivational aspects of CBRN terrorism, including most recently “Profiling the WMD Terrorist Threat” in Stephen M. Maurer and Christine Hartmann-Siantar, eds., WMD Terrorism: Science and Policy Choices (MIT Press, 2009) with Jeffrey Bale, “Defining Knowledge Gaps Within CBRN Terrorism Research” in Unconventional Weapons and International Terrorism: Threat Convergence in the Twenty-First Century, Magnus Ranstorp and Magnus Normark eds., (New York: Routledge, 2009).
Dr. Omar Ashour is the Director of the graduate programme in Middle East Studies and a Lecturer in Politics at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter (UK). He is a specialist on democratization, conflict resolution, international security studies, Islamist radicalization and de-radicalization programs and Islamist movements. He is the author of The Deradicalization of Jihadists: Transforming Armed Islamist Movements (New York, London: Routledge, 2009). Ashour’s works appeared in the Middle East Journal, Perspectives on Terrorism,Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Journal of Conflict Studies, Middle East Institute’s Policy Papers, Canadian Journal of Political Science, McGill Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, and other academic and policy journals.
Dr. Gil Ariely is the Chief Knowledge Officer (CKO) and Senior Researcher at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya. Ariely is a leading expert on managing operational knowledge in critical environments, crisis management and emergency preparedness. He consulted on knowledge methodologies, futures foresight, operational learning and Intellectual Capital to Government and Industry organisations around the world, and serves on editorial boards of academic journals on knowledge, and in advisory boards of government and industry. Ariely is a Lt. Colonel (ret.) with 20 years of experience. He initiated and helped inaugurate the field of Operational Knowledge Management in the IDF Ground Forces since 2001, was the first acting CKO of the Ground Forces, and has written the Army’s first doctrine on learning during operations and operational knowledge management.
Dr. Eitan Azani currently serves as Deputy Executive Director of the Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya. He is a Colonel (Res.) in the Israel Defence Forces with operational, research and academic experience in counter-terrorism in the regional and international arenas. As part of his position at ICT, Azani maintains working relations and advises both private and government entities on counter-terrorism issues. Azani lectures at the School of Government and Politics at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya as well as at security and organisational establishments in Israel and abroad.
- J.M. Berger
J.M. Berger is a researcher, analyst and writer covering extremism, with a special focus on extremist activities in the U.S. and extremist use of social media. He is a regular contributor to Foreign Policy magazine, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic,The Daily Beast, the CTC Sentinel, the New York Daily News and the Boston Globe, and on National Public Radio, Public Radio International and the National Geographic Channel. Berger has discussed terrorism and extremism on CNN, Fox News and many other radio and television outlets. In addition to writing for the media, Berger consults on homegrown terrorism, online extremism and how extremists use social media and the Internet. He has presented research for counterterrorism professionals such as the New York City Police Department’s Intelligence Division, New Jersey state law enforcement, the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University and more.
Laila Bokhari is a Research Fellow with the Afghanistan and Pakistan Programme of the Department of Security and Crisis management, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). Her areas of research cover the phenomenon of terrorism, radicalization and de-radicalization processes, and the evolution of radical Islamism and political violence with a particular focus on Pakistan and Afghanistan. She previously worked with the Terrorism and Security project of the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI). Bokhari is a member of the Norwegian Government Commission on Security Policy and Disarmament, the Advisory Board to the Pakistani Institute of Peace Studies, NATO HFM/Task Group on Psychosocial, Organisational and Cultural aspects of Terrorism and a consultant on radicalisation and violent extremism for the OSCE-ODIHR. She has worked with the UN al-Qaida/Taliban Monitoring Team in New York.
James Brandon is currently a Principal Analyst at Maplecroft, a global risk analysis firm. Previously, he was Director of Research and Communications at the Quilliam Foundation and Deputy-Director at the Centre for Social Cohesion. Brandon has written a number of high-profile reports on issues ranging from honour-related violence to internet radicalisation to in-depth studies of British and European counter-radicalisation policy. He has a particular expertise in prison de-radicalisation and published the major report ‘Unlocking Al-Qaeda’. He has published extensively on terrorism and Middle Eastern issues for the US Combatting Terrorism Centre, the Jamestown Foundation and Janes’. From 2002-2007, he worked as a journalist for a range of newspapers and media organisations including the BBC, Bloomberg and al-Jazeera, focusing on issues related to Islamist extremism and the Middle East.
Dr. William Burke-White joined the Penn Law faculty in 2005. His research examines the influence of international law on international politics and state behaviour. He has written widely on the structure of international legal regimes, the effectiveness of international courts and tribunals, investor-state arbitration, international criminal law, transitional justice, and human rights. His scholarship addresses the operation of international tribunals, post conflict justice systems, the International Criminal Court, human rights, sovereign bankruptcy, state responses to emergencies, amnesty legislation and the “international constitutional moment” after September 11. In 2007 he received the Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Ryan Evans is a DC and London-based independent consultant and writer. He specialises in the conflict in Afghanistan, civil society and foreign policy in Turkey and Egypt, and Islamist mobilization.
Evans was a Research Fellow at the DC-based Center for National Policy, which partnered with the Truman National Security Project in January 2013. From 2010-11, Evans worked for the US Army’s Human Terrain System in Afghanistan where he was embedded as a social scientist. For his PhD research at the King’s College London War Studies Department, Ryan is studying the re-mobilization of civil society in Turkey and Egypt in the 20th Century after periods of state repression. He has an MA in Intelligence and International Security from King’s College London. During his time at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, Ryan led research into violent extremism and mobilisation.
Dr. Jonathan Fine is a researcher at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya. He holds several other positions at the university and was recently appointed as the academic advisor to the joint programme between the IDC and the Maxwell Government School at the University of Syracuse USA. He is a member of ICTAC (the International Counter-Terrorism Academic Community) and a former strategic advisor on arms control and conflict resolution to the IDF. Fine received his PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Fine is an ordained Conservative Rabbi and a graduate of the Solomon Shechter Institute for Religion and Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. He has published in numerous academic journals such as the Middle East Quarterly in Washington and Middle Eastern Studies in London and has several chapters in books. His first book dealt with the establishment of the Israeli governmental system, and his second forthcoming book is titled Holy War in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – a Comparative Analysis: Past & Present.
Dr. Frank Foley is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. His areas of interest include counterterrorist policy and operations, and the role of intelligence, police and judicial bodies in security. Foley received his PhD from the European University Institute in 2008, and he was the Zukerman Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Co-operation in 2008-09. His work has appeared in Security Studies and the Review of International Studies. He is currently working on a comparative analysis of British and French counterterrorist policies and operations.
Dr. Martyn Frampton is Lecturer in Modern/Contemporary History at Queen Mary, University of London. He was formerly a Research Fellow at Peterhouse in Cambridge. He is an expert on the Irish republican movement and his books, The Long March: The Political Strategy of Sinn Féin, 1981–2007 and Talking to Terrorists: Making Peace in Northern Ireland and the Basque Country, were published in 2009, by Palgrave Macmillan and Hurst and Co. respectively. Frampton is also the author of ICSR’s Return of the Militants: Violent Dissident Republicanism, an expansive and authoritative account of Northern Irish militant organisations.
Howard Gambrill Clark is a King’s College London PhD candidate, NATO stability operations instructor and President of nonprofit Seventh Pillar, Inc. Formerly he served as U.S. Special Operations counter-radicalisation senior consultant, DHS counter-radicalisation senior intelligence analyst, Marine (Iraq, Afghanistan, and Philippines), and White House economic analyst. He is a Yale graduate and author of Revolt Against Al-Qa`ida: a strategy to empower Muslims and collapse international insurgency (2010) and Kill Al Qaeda (2009).
Dr. John Gearson is Reader in Terrorism Studies at King’s College London. From 2002 he was on secondment to the House of Commons where he advised the Defence Select Committee. Previously he worked as a management consultant, was a special advisor to the City of London Corporation on the terrorist threat to the City, and advised the U.S. Congress National Commission. Prior to this, Gearson was Director of the MA in Defence Studies at King’s and he continues to lecture at the college. He has taught at the University of London on the inter-collegiate history programme, where he completed his MA and PhD degrees in War Studies, the latter as a King’s College Scholar, and also holds a BSc (Econ) in International Politics with Strategic Studies from University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He was also a Research Fellow of the Nuclear History Project and the German Historical Institute, London.
- Professor Roger Griffin
Professor Griffin is widely acknowledged to be one of the world’s foremost experts on the socio-historical and ideological dynamics of fascism, as well as the relationship of various forms of political or religious fanaticism to modernity. Griffin began specializing in the History of Ideas at Oxford Polytechnic as a member of what was at the time a small, and in the national history context, invisible History department. This change of discipline enabled him to focus his attention on the ideas of extremist right-wing movements and regimes which have shaped modern history, leading to a DPhil from Oxford University (1990). In it he first developed the theory of fascism which has made him internationally famous with The Nature of Fascism (1991), the cornerstone of the ‘New Consensus’ definition of fascism widely operated (consciously or not) all over the world. The twenty years since have seen over 120 publications on such topics as fascism, racism, modernity, and totalitarianism, and he has given over forty keynote lectures on these topics in universities on three continents. His key works in the last five years are Modernism and Fascism. The Sense of a Beginning under Mussolini and Hitler (2007), A Fascist Century. Essays by Roger Griffin (2008), and Terrorist’s Creed. Fanatical Violence and the Human Need for Meaning (2012).
Dr. Michael Horowitz is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania and a non-resident fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He is primarily interested in international conflict and security issues. He is also interested in the intersection of religion and international relations, the role of leaders in international politics, and international security issues in East Asia. He completed his PhD in the Department of Government at Harvard University, where his dissertation examined the diffusion of military power and the consequences for international politics. He has served as a consultant for the Department of Defense on a range of issues. His work has been published in The Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Journal of Strategic Studies, Orbis, and The Washington Quarterly.
Michael Hurley, is a former senior CIA officer, who currently serves as the Deputy and Senior Director of the 9/11 Public Discourse Project, the follow-on organization to the 9/11 Commission. He served on the 9/11 Commission’s staff as a senior counsel and director of its counterterrorism policy investigation. On 9/11 Hurley volunteered to work in CIA’s Counterterrorist Center and deployed to Afghanistan, serving three tours. He was one of the CIA’s lead coordinators on the ground for Operation Anaconda. From 1998–1999, and again in 2000, he was detailed to the National Security Council, where he was Director for the Balkans. At the CIA, he was involved in US interventions in troubled areas: Kosovo, Bosnia, and Haiti. Hurley began his working life as a trial attorney and specialist in appellate advocacy in private practice.
Dr. Ely Karmon is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) and Fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya. His fields of research include political violence, international terrorism, WMD terrorism, and strategic issues in the Middle East. Karmon is a member of The Atlantic Forum of Israel and is involved in NATO workshops on terrorism and on the Mediterranean Dialogue. He is also a member of the International Permanent Observatory on Security Measures during Majors Events at the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, Turin, Italy. Karmon has served as an advisor to the Israeli Ministry of Defense and to the Anti-Semitism Monitoring Forum of the Israeli Government Secretariat.
Hussain Nadim is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, DC doing research on US-Pakistan relations, and the efforts of de-radicalisation in Pakistan. His project is titled ‘Mapping Radicalization in Pakistan’. Nadim is a faculty member teaching Political Science, International Relations, and Islamic Political Philosophy at Quaid-e-Azam University and at National University of Science and Technology in Islamabad. He has consulted local and national political parties, government agencies and the Armed Forces in Pakistan, as well as international development organisations. Nadim graduated summa cum laude from George Washington University in Washington, DC with a degree in International Affairs, and completed his MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. He has also been a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.
Jonathan Paris is a London-based political analyst and is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center in Washington and is also a Fellow at the University of Buckingham Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies. Paris was previously a Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, where he worked on the Middle East and co-edited the first book on Indonesia’s democratic transition, The Politics of Post-Suharto Indonesia (Brookings/CFR 1999). Paris recently completed studies on counter-radicalisation strategies in Europe (2008) and the future of Pakistan (2009) for the U.S. Government.
Reuven Paz completed his academic education in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies at Haifa University, specialising in Islam and modern Islamic thought, and is fluent in written and spoken Arabic. The majority of his work relates to Islam, Islamic culture, Islamic radicalism, and the development of radical Islamic doctrines. His research combines academic with extensive field work. In 2003, he founded the Project for the Research of Islamist Movements (PRISM – www.e-prism.org) in the GLORIA Center at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel, which he directs. His latest book is titled The Mindset and Culture of Global Jihad (2008).
Raffaello Pantucci has held positions at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Whilst in these institutes his work has focused on transatlantic and European political and military affairs, European security and terrorism and radicalisation and EU-China relations. He also completed an MA in War Studies at King’s College, London. In April 2009 he was awarded a European Commission Science and Technology Fellowship Programme China grant. He has also been published in academic outlets such as Democratization, Europe’s World, Perspectives on Terrorism, RUSI Journal, SAIS Review, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Survival, and Terrorism and Political Violence and writes regularly for the Jamestown Foundation’s Terrorism Monitor. Much of his writing can be found at: http://www.raffaellopantucci.com
Marisa Porges is currently a PhD candidate at King’s College London, writing a dissertation focused on the use of deradicalisation as a counterterrorism tool. She specialises in counter terrorism and detention strategies, with specific focus on efforts to counter radicalisation and combat terrorist financing. Porges has been published in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the New York Times/International Herald Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal. Porges previously served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, a counterterrorism policy adviser in the U.S. government, and a research fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Most recently, she was an international affairs fellow at CFR, where she studied counterterrorism strategies and conducted fieldwork in Yemen, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore. Prior to that, Porges was a counterterrorism policy adviser at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and a strategic adviser to General Petraeus’s Central Command Assessment Team. Porges began her career a commissioned naval flight officer.
Dr. Yasar Qatarneh is Director of the Third Way Institute. Before this he was Director of the RCCP (Regional Centre for Conflict Prevention). He also served as Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan. His writings deal with terrorism and political violence, regional stability issues, as well as security and democratisation in the Middle East. In his personal capacity, he has advised major corporations such as Morgan Stanley, T. Rowe Price International, UBS Investment Bank and Capital International on regional and security issues.
Dr. Thomas Rid is a Reader in War Studies at King’s College London. In 2009/2010, Rid was a visiting scholar at the Hebrew University and the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. From 2006 to 2009 he worked at Johns Hopkins University/SAIS and the RAND Corporation in Washington, and at the Institut français des relations internationales in Paris. Rid wrote his first book and thesis at the Berlin-based think-tank Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik. Rid holds a PhD from the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. To read his full bio, please click here.
Dr. Brooke Rogers is a Lecturer in Risk and Terror in the King’s Centre for Risk Management (KCRM) at King’s College London, and co-Director of the MA in Terrorism, Security and Society. Her current terrorism research follows two key themes: 1) Responding to Terrorism; 2) Violent radicalisation. In terms of responding to terrorism, her current research includes a large-scale Home Office study of public responses to CBRN terrorist incidents in conjunction with the Institute of Psychiatry (IOP) and the Health Protection Agency (HPA). Additional projects include the training of emergency responders working in hot zones, as well as the development of public information leaflets. She is also involved in a multi-institution EPSRC project investigating the public acceptability of counter terror technologies and communication in public spaces.
Dr. Gary Shiffman is Managing Director of the Chertoff Group and a Professor at Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program in the School of Foreign Service. A prominent economist, he is well known for his perceptive application of micro economics to macro policies such as counterterrorism, COIN, and counter-organized crime. Shiffman previously served as Senior Vice President for Global Security at L-3. He served at DHS from 2004-06 as Chief of Staff at US Customs and Border Protection. While at DHS, Shiffman also helped to re-engineer the border enforcement process and helped develop the DHS framework for risk management. He previously served in the U.S. Senate as a National Security Advisor, and in the US Navy in policy, planning, and operational positions.
Dr. Tim Stevens is a Research Associate and Teaching Fellow in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. His areas of interest include the politics of cyber security; insurgency, terrorism and information technologies; time and temporality in International Relations; and the political imagination of disaster and catastrophe. Stevens earned an MA and MRes in War Studies at King’s College London and received his PhD from KCL in 2013. He has contributed to a wide range of publications, most recently in Security Dialogue, Contemporary Security Policy and Philosophy & Technology, and is the co-author (with David J. Betz) of Cyberspace and the State (Adelphi 424, Routledge for the IISS, 2011). Stevens is a former researcher at ICSR, where he co-authored (with Peter R. Neumann) the report, Countering Online Radicalisation (2009). He is an Associate of the Centre for Science and Security Studies.
Dr. Stephen Tankel is an Assistant Professor at American University and a Non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment in the South Asia program. His research focuses on insurgency, terrorism, the evolution of non-state armed groups, political and security issues in South Asia, and US policy responses to these issues. He has published widely on these issues and has conducted field research in Algeria, India, Lebanon, Pakistan, and the Balkans. Tankel received his PhD from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, where his research was focused on the strategic transformation of independent insurgent movements affiliated with al-Qaeda. His book, Storming the World Stage: The Story of Lashkar-e-Taiba, is published jointly by Hurst & Co. and Columbia University Press.
Steve Tatham is a serving officer in the Royal Navy and has operational experience from Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan. A specialist in Media and Information Operations he is currently appointed as Director of Communication Research at the UK Defence Academy where he has lead for the development of Strategic Communication doctrine and education across Defence. In 2006 his study Losing Arab Hearts & Minds: The Coalition, Al-Jazeera and Muslim Public Opinion was published. Tatham was seconded to the UK Cabinet Office in 2009 for work on the refresh of the National Security Strategy. Tatham completed his PhD thesis on ‘Strategic Communication in conflict and the concept of non-kinetic effect in military operations’.
Lorenzo Vidino, Ph.D., is an academic and security expert who specialises in Islamism and political violence in Europe and North America. Currently a senior fellow at the Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich, he previously held positions at the RAND Corporation, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He has taught at Tufts University, the University of Maryland (START), the National Defense University and the University of Zurich. He is the author of two books (his latest, The New Muslim Brotherhood in the West, published by Columbia University Press in the fall of 2010) and frequent articles in several prominent newspapers and academic journals. A native of Milan, Italy, he holds a law degree from the University of Milan Law School and a doctorate in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
- Benedict Wilkinson
Benedict Wilkinson is a Research Associate at King’s Policy Institute and an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute. He completed his PhD in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London under the supervision of Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman in the summer of 2013. His doctoral research, entitled ‘Narrative Delusion: Strategic Scripts and Violent Islamism’, examined the strategies and strategic decision-making processes of terrorist groups in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. From 2010 – 2011, he was Head of Security and Counter-Terrorism at the Royal United Services Institute. At RUSI, he examined a range of emerging threats to UK Security and fostered a reputation as an authoritative analyst of contemporary terrorist movements and UK/US counter-terrorism policy. In a previous academic incarnation, he read Classics at Jesus College, Cambridge, obtaining a first class BA and an M.Phil.
- Dr. Domitilla Sagramoso
Dr. Sagramoso is Lecturer in Security and Development at the Department of War Studies. She obtained an MA in War Studies (KCL) in 1992 and a PhD at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London in 1999. Dr. Sagramoso joined the Department of War Studies in 2005, having previously been the Principal Researcher at the Caucasus Policy Institute, within the International Policy Institute (KCL). Recent publications are Russian Imperialism Revisited, London, Routledge, 2013. (forthcoming), ”Caucasian Crescent: Russia’s Islamic Policies and its Responses to Radicalization,” (with Akhmet Yarlykapov) in The Fire Below: How the Caucasus Shaped Russia, (ed.) Robert Bruce Ware, Continuum International Publishing Group, 2013. (forthcoming) and “The Radicalisation of Islamic Salafi Jamaats in the North Caucasus: Moving Closer to the Global Jihadist Movement?”, Europe-Asia Studies, vol. 64, no.3, May 2012.