Watch Now – Jamestown Terrorism Watch Week

The Jamestown Foundation is proud to announce that it’s 14th Annual Terrorism Conference will be held virtually this year and will feature a week-long series of virtual events on the most pressing terrorism-related threats to U.S. national security. Keynoting and launching this series of online webinars will be Lt. Gen. (ret.) H.R. McMaster, who will speak on U.S. counterterrorism policy from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST on December 8.

Jamestown is honored to be hosting some of the world’s foremost terrorism experts. More details on the complete agenda of the Jamestown Terrorism Watch Week are forthcoming.

McMaster’s Keynote address can be watched via Zoom or YouTube livestream. Find below the link to watch the event on YouTube livestream, or register on Zoom. Zoom participants will have the chance to directly ask any questions to Lt. Gen. McMaster, some of which will be answered live. 

Terrorism Watch Week Events Available on YouTube:

 


 

Agenda

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Monday, December 7

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Beyond AQ & ISIS: What is Next for Jihadism*

11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Michael W. S. Ryan

Senior Fellow, The Jamestown Foundation

 

Bruce Hoffman

Professor, Georgetown University,

Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security at the Council on Foreign Relations

Board Member, The Jamestown Foundation

 

Glen E. Howard

President, The Jamestown Foundation

Moderator

*This will be a pre-taped event that will only appear on YouTube. Click the link below to access this YouTube page.

 

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Tuesday December 8

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Keynote Address by Lt. Gen. (ret.) H.R. McMaster

11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

H.R. McMaster

Former National Security Advisor

 

Glen E. Howard

President, The Jamestown Foundation

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Interview with William Ruger

12:15 P.M. – 1:15 P.M.

 

William Ruger

Ambassador-Designate to Afghanistan

Vice President for Research and Policy at the Charles Koch Institute

Vice President, Foreign Policy at Stand Together

 

Glen E. Howard

President, The Jamestown Foundation

 

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The Future of Afghanistan and Challenges to the New Administration

2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

 

Abubakar Siddique

Senior Correspondent, RFE/RL

 

Hassan Abbas

Distinguished Professor of International Relations

Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University

 

Glen E. Howard

President, The Jamestown Foundation

Moderator

Q & A

 

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Wednesday, December 9

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Drones in Modern Warfare: From North Africa to the Caucasus

11:00 A.M. – 12:15 P.M.

“Turkey’s Drone Revolution”

Can Kasapoglu

Director, Defense and Security Programs, EDAM

 

“China’s Drone Expansion”

Ryan Oliver

Manager, Innovation, Strategy and Planning, Madison Springfield

 

Role of Drone’s in Warfare”

Daniel Gettinger

Research Analyst, Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

Commentator

 

Glen E. Howard

President, The Jamestown Foundation

Moderator

 

Q & A

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Militant Movements in the Sahel, Sub-Saharan Africa and Beyond

12:20 P.M.– 1:30 P.M.

“Militant Trends in the Sahel and Nigeria”

Jacob Zenn

Fellow of African and Eurasian Affairs, The Jamestown Foundation

Editor, Terrorism Monitor

 

“Security Trends in the Maghreb: Libya, Algeria and Beyond”

Dario Cristiani

Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund

 

“Rising Threat of Insurgency in Mozambique”

Brenda Mugeci Githing’u

Counter-Terrorism Analyst and Research Consultant, The African Jihad

 

Theodore Karasik

Senior Advisor, Gulf State Analytics

Moderator

 

Q & A

 

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Thursday, December 10

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CT Challenges in the Middle East for the Next Administration

3:00 P.M.–4:15 P.M.

Joel Rayburn

Deputy Assistant Security of State for Levant Affairs

Special Envoy for Syria

 

Seth Jones

Harold Brown Chair; Director, Transnational Threats Project; and Senior Adviser, International Security Program

Center for Strategic and International Studies

 

Bruce Hoffman

Professor, Georgetown University,

Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security at the Council on Foreign Relations

Board Member, The Jamestown Foundation

Glen E. Howard

President, The Jamestown Foundation

Moderator

 

Q & A

 

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Friday, December 11

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U.S. Domestic Terrorism: Threats Here and Influences Abroad

11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Cynthia Miller-Idriss

Professor, American University

Director, Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab

 

Michael C. Kenney

Director, Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies

University of Pittsburgh

 

Bruce Hoffman

Professor, Georgetown University,

Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security at the Council on Foreign Relations

Board Member, The Jamestown Foundation

Moderator/Commentator

Q & A

 

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Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, U.S. Army (Ret.) was the 26th assistant to the president for national security affairs. He served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army for thirty-four years before retiring as a lieutenant general in June 2018.

McMaster is the inaugural holder of Hudson Institute’s Japan Chair and the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

From 2014 to 2017 McMaster designed the future army as the director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center and the deputy commanding general of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). As commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, he oversaw all training and education for the army’s infantry, armor, and cavalry force. His has extensive experience leading soldiers and organizations in wartime including Commander, Combined Joint Inter-Agency Task Force—Shafafiyat in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2010 to 2012; Commander, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Iraq from 2005 to 2006; and Commander, Eagle Troop, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Operation Desert Storm from 1990 to 1991. McMaster also served overseas as advisor to the most senior commanders in the Middle East, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

McMaster holds a PhD in military history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He was an assistant professor of history at the United States Military Academy from 1994 to 1996.  He is author of Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World and the award-winning Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies that Led to Vietnam.  He was a contributing editor for Survival: Global Politics and Strategy from 2010 to 2017.  His many essays, articles, and book reviews on leadership, history, and the future of warfare have appeared in The AtlanticForeign AffairsSurvival, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.

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Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, U.S. Army (Ret.) was the 26th assistant to the president for national security affairs. He served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army for thirty-four years before retiring as a lieutenant general in June 2018.

McMaster is the inaugural holder of Hudson Institute’s Japan Chair and the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

From 2014 to 2017 McMaster designed the future army as the director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center and the deputy commanding general of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). As commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, he oversaw all training and education for the army’s infantry, armor, and cavalry force. His has extensive experience leading soldiers and organizations in wartime including Commander, Combined Joint Inter-Agency Task Force—Shafafiyat in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2010 to 2012; Commander, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Iraq from 2005 to 2006; and Commander, Eagle Troop, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Operation Desert Storm from 1990 to 1991. McMaster also served overseas as advisor to the most senior commanders in the Middle East, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

McMaster holds a PhD in military history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He was an assistant professor of history at the United States Military Academy from 1994 to 1996.  He is author of Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World and the award-winning Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies that Led to Vietnam.  He was a contributing editor for Survival: Global Politics and Strategy from 2010 to 2017.  His many essays, articles, and book reviews on leadership, history, and the future of warfare have appeared in The AtlanticForeign AffairsSurvival, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.

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Hassan Abbas is Distinguished Professor of International Relations at the Near East South Asia Strategic Studies Centre (NESA), National Defense University in Washington DC. He serves as a senior advisor at Project on Shi’ism and Global Affairs at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and a senior fellow at the Centre of Global Policy, a think tank focusing on intersection of U.S. foreign policy and Muslim geopolitics. His current research work focuses on building narratives for countering political and religious extremism & rule of law reforms in developing states.

Earlier he served as professor and department chair at National Defense University’s College of International Security Affairs (2011-2019) and as the Distinguished Quaid i Azam Professor at Columbia University (2009-2011). He held various fellowships including at Harvard Law School’s Islamic Legal Studies Program & Program on Negotiation (2002-04); the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (2005-09); Asia Society in New York as Bernard Schwartz fellow (2009-2011); and as a Carnegie fellow at the New America Foundation (2016-2018).

He appeared on various television news shows on CNN, Fox News, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Charlie Rose Show, MSNBC (Abrams Report and Hardball), C-Span (Washington Journal) and various programs on CBS, and NBC as an analyst on security related issues in South Asia and Middle East. He has been interviewed for many news stories and analyses for the New York Times, The Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and Guardian, etc.

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Dario Cristiani is a Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMFUS) in Washington D.C., working on Italian foreign policy, Mediterranean Security, Terrorism, and Global Politics in close connection with Istituto Affari Internazionali in Rome. He is also a political risk consultant working with businesses operating in Mediterranean markets and teaches as a guest lecturer in several institutions in Europe and North Africa (Koninklijke Militaire School, Istituto Alti Studi Difesa, SIT Tunis). He was a Visiting Researcher at the International Centre for Policing and Security at the University of South Wales in Pontypridd (UK) (2018/2020) and the director of the Executive Training in Global Risk Analysis and Crisis Management, (GRACM) and adjunct professor in International Affairs and Conflict Studies at Vesalius College (VUB) in Brussels (2014/2018). He received his Ph.D. in Middle East & Mediterranean Studies from King’s College London in 2015. The views expressed in his articles are his own and do not necessarily represent those of the German Marshall Fund.

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Dan Gettinger is an analyst at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies in Washington, D.C. He is a founder and former co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College. Dan is the author of “The Drone Databook,” a comprehensive assessment of the military drone capabilities of over 100 countries.

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Brenda Mugeci Githing’u is an independent research consultant and counter-terrorism analyst focused on African terrorist organizations. She holds two bachelor’s degrees majoring in International Relations from the University of Johannesburg and a Master’s degree in Security Studies from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Her area of expertise are interactions between Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State and their affiliates in Africa, particularly along the east coast from Somalia to Mozambique. She utilizes dynamic social network methods and analyses covering themes such as foreign fighters, network franchising and organizational cooperation. She runs a blog, https://theafricanjihad.com/, which offers unique analysis and perspectives on African terrorist organizations.

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Professor Bruce Hoffman has been studying terrorism and insurgency for over four decades. He is a tenured professor at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis Visiting Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security at the Council on Foreign Relations. Professor Hoffman co-founded and was the first director of St Andrews University’s Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, where he is also visiting Professor of Terrorism Studies. He is currently the Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis Visiting Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security at the Council on Foreign Relations. Professor Hoffman previously held the Corporate Chair in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency at the RAND Corporation and was appointed by the U.S. Congress as a commissioner on the 9/11 Review Commission. He has been Scholar-in-Residence for Counterterrorism at the Central Intelligence Agency; adviser on counterterrorism to the Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad, Iraq; and, adviser on counterinsurgency to Multi-National Forces-Iraq Headquarters, Baghdad, Iraq. His most recent books include Inside Terrorism (3rdedition, 2017); Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947 (2015), which was named Jewish Book of the Year for 2015 and also won the Washington Institute’s Gold Medal for the best book on Middle East politics, history, and culture published in 2015; and, The Evolution of the Global Terrorist Threat (2014).

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Seth G. Jones holds the Harold Brown Chair, is director of the Transnational Threats Project, and is a senior adviser to the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He teaches at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. Prior to joining CSIS, Dr. Jones was the director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the RAND Corporation. He also served as representative for the commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, to the assistant secretary of defense for special operations. Before that, he was a plans officer and adviser to the commanding general, U.S. Special Operations Forces, in Afghanistan (Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command–Afghanistan). In 2014, Dr. Jones served on a congressionally mandated panel that reviewed the FBI’s implementation of counterterrorism recommendations contained in the 9/11 Commission Report. Dr. Jones specializes in counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, unconventional warfare, and covert action, including a focus on al Qaeda and ISIS. He is the author of A Covert Action: Reagan, the CIA, and the Cold War Struggle in Poland (W.W. Norton, 2018), Waging Insurgent Warfare (Oxford University Press, 2016), Hunting in the Shadows: The Pursuit of al Qa’ida after 9/11 (W.W. Norton, 2012), and In the Graveyard of Empires: America’s War in Afghanistan (W.W. Norton, 2009). Dr. Jones has published articles in a range of journals, such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and International Security, as well as newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. Dr. Jones is a graduate of Bowdoin College and received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

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Dr. Can Kasapoglu is the director of the defense and security program at the Istanbul-based think-tank EDAM and a fellow with the German research institute SWP. Dr. Kasapoglu holds a M.Sci. degree from the Turkish Military Academy and a Ph.D. from the Turkish War College. Dr. Can Kasapoglu was an Eisenhower fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome and a visiting scholar the the NATO Coopertive Cyber Defense Center of Excellence in Tallinn. His works can be followed @EdamDefense

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Dr. Theodore Karasik is the Fellow on Russian and Middle Eastern Affairs at the Jamestown Foundation. He is also currently a Senior Advisor to Gulf State Analytics and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Lexington Institute, both located in Washington, DC. Dr. Karasik spent 2004 through 2016 in the GCC, the Middle East and Russia. For the past 30 years, Karasik worked for a number of US agencies involved in researching and analyzing defense acquisition, the use of military power, and religious-political issues across MENA and Eurasia, including the evolution of violent extremism and its financing.

Dr. Karasik was an Adjunct Lecturer at the Dubai School of Government, where he taught graduate-level international relations, and also an Adjunct Lecturer at University Wollongong Dubai, where he taught labor and migration. Karasik was a Senior Political Scientist in the International Policy and Security Group at RAND Corporation. From 2002 to 2003, he served as Director of Research for the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy. He is a specialist in geopolitics and geo-economics for the MENA and Eurasia regions and frequently conducts studies and assessments of future security trajectories and military requirements.

Dr. Karasik received his PhD in History from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in four fields: Russia, Middle East, Caucasus and an outside field in cultural anthropology, focusing on tribes and clans from Central Asia to East Africa. He also holds a CPhil and MA in History and International Relations from UCLA and Monterey Institute of International Studies, respectively. He wrote his PhD dissertation on military and humanitarian operations in the northern port city of Arkhangel’sk and their impact on political institutions during the Russian civil war.

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Michael Kenney is the Wesley W. Posvar Chair in International Security Studies and Director of the Matthew B. Ridgway Center at the University of Pittsburgh.  He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Florida and has held postdoctoral fellowships at Stanford University and the University of Southern California.  Kenney teaches and conducts research on high-risk activism and political violence, social network analysis, drug control policy, international relations, organization theory, and research methods.  His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the National Institute of Justice, and other organizations.  He has conducted field research in Brazil, Colombia, Israel, Morocco, Spain, and the United Kingdom.  Kenney is the author of The Islamic State in Britain, which received the 2019 Best Book Award from the Political Networks Section of the American Political Science Association.  He is also the author of From Pablo to Osama: Trafficking and Terrorist NetworksGovernment Bureaucracies, and Competitive Adaptation.  Kenney has published articles on terrorism, Islamist militancy, and transnational organized crime in SurvivalOrbisGlobal Crime, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Studies in Conflict and TerrorismTerrorism and Political Violenceand Political Psychology (forthcoming), among other publications.  He serves on the editorial board of Terrorism and Political Violence, a leading journal in the field.

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Cynthia Miller-Idriss is Professor of in the School of Public Affairs and in the School of Education, and runs the Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab (PERIL) in the Center for University Excellence (CUE). Before her move into the School of Public Affairs in fall 2020, she was Professor of Education and Sociology at American University. In addition to her primary faculty appointments, Dr. Miller-Idriss is an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology in the School of Public Affairs. She is also Director of Strategy and Partnerships at the U.K.-based Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right and serves on the international advisory board of the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) in Oslo, Norway. She has spent two decades researching radical and extreme youth culture in Europe and the U.S., most recently through a focus on how clothing, style and symbols act as a gateway into white supremacist extremism. Dr. Miller-Idriss has testified before the U.S. Congress and frequently serves as a keynote speaker and expert panelist on trends in white supremacist extremism to global academic and policy communities as well as staff and representatives in U.S. and international government agencies and embassies. Dr. Miller-Idriss is the author, co-author, or co-editor of six academic books, including Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right, forthcoming from Princeton University Press in fall 2020. In addition to her academic work, Dr. Miller-Idriss writes frequently for the mainstream press on youth radicalization, white supremacist extremism, and education, with recent by-lines at CNN Style, The Guardian, Le Monde, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon, and Fortune. Dr. Miller-Idriss appears regularly in the U.S. and European print and broadcast media as an expert source and political commentator, including recent appearances on NBC Evening News, MSNBC, BBC World News, Deutsche Welle, Sky News, France 24, and more. Prior to her arrival at American University in August 2013, Dr. Miller-Idriss served on the faculty of New York University for a decade, and also taught previously at the University of Maryland and the University of Michigan. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. (magna cum laude) in Sociology and German Area Studies from Cornell University.

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Ryan Oliver is the Manager of Innovation, Strategy and Planning at Madison Springfield. His previous positions include working as a China specialist at U.S. Special Operations Command (J5 Strategy, Policy, and Plans) and at The Asia Group, a boutique consultancy in Washington, DC. He also serves as an officer in the Florida Army National Guard. He is a graduate of Georgetown University, the George Washington University, and the Defense Language Institute.

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Joel Rayburn began serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Levant Affairs and Special Envoy for Syria on July 23, 2018. He previously served in the Administration as Senior Director for Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon at the National Security Council from January 2017 to July 2018.

Rayburn is a retired U.S. Army officer who served in a variety of assignments in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States from 1992 to 2018. He also taught history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and is the author of several books and articles on the Iraq War. He was commissioned into the Army after graduating from West Point in 1992 and holds a master’s degree in History from Texas A&M University and in National Security Studies from the National War College. He is originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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Dr. William Ruger is the US Ambassador-Designate to Afghanistan. He is a foreign policy thought leader, Navy veteran, scholar, and former tenured professor with more than 20 years of experience in the education realm, including teaching courses on foreign policy, international relations, counterterrorism, and security studies.

Ruger serves as the Vice President for Research and Policy at the Charles Koch Institute and the Vice President, Foreign Policy at Stand Together. He was previously an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas State University and an adjunct Assistant Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin.

Ruger is a veteran of the Afghanistan War and was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign medal with campaign star, and the Non-Article 5 NATO Service Medal, among other awards. He remains an officer in the U.S. Navy (Reserve Component).

Ruger earned his Ph.D. in Politics from Brandeis University and an A.B. from the College of William and Mary. His scholarship has appeared in a number of academic journals, including International Studies QuarterlyCivil Wars, and Armed Forces and Society. He is the author of the biography Milton Friedman and co-author of two books on state politics, including Freedom in the 50 States (now in its 5th edition).

Ruger has written editorials for numerous outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington PostLos Angeles Times, and USA Today, and he has been interviewed frequently for television and radio, appearing on Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN. He serves on several non-profit boards, including the Board of Directors of The Center for the National Interest and the Advisory Board of the Policing Project at the New York University School of Law.

He resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife, Jennifer, and two sons.

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Dr. Michael W. S. Ryan is an independent consultant and researcher on Middle Eastern security issues and a Senior Fellow at the Jamestown Foundation. He is the author of Decoding Al-Qaeda’s Strategy: The Deep Battle Against America (Columbia University Press, 2013).

Ryan has served as the Vice President of the Middle East Institute as well as Vice President at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (2007-2008), and as a political-military and foreign assistance specialist for the Departments of Defense and State with an emphasis on Middle East and North Africa (1979-1997). He is a former Fulbright Fellow at the American Research Center in Egypt. Ryan received his BA from St. John’s College and a PhD from Harvard University.

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Abubakar Siddique is a journalist specializing in coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the editor of RFE/RL’s “Gandhara” website. He has spent the two decades researching and writing about security, political, humanitarian, and cultural issues in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the Pashtun heartland where he was born.

In addition to his reporting, Siddique speaks frequently at prominent think tanks in several countries and has contributed articles, chapters, and research papers to a range of publications. Siddique’s unique expertise is brought to bear in “The Pashtun Question: The Unresolved Key to the Future of Pakistan and Afghanistan” book. (London: Hurst and Company, 2014). Abubakar Siddique has been cited by the international press, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York times, The Washington Post and the American Interest.

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Jacob Zenn is an adjunct assistant professor on African Armed Movements and Violent Non-State Actors in World Politics at the Georgetown University Security Studies Program (SSP) and editor of Terrorism Monitor and senior fellow on African and Eurasian Affairs for The Jamestown Foundation in Washington DC. He authored the bookUnmasking Boko Haram: Exploring Global Jihad in Nigeriawhich was published in April 2020 by Lynne Rienner in association with the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St Andrews. Zenn has also written on international security for academic journals such as Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence, Small Wars and Insurgencies, African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review, The Journal of Modern African Studies, Journal for De-Radicalization, African Security, and the International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law. He has also drafted several reports and monographs on Boko Haram, including editing a multi-authored report for the West Point Combating Terrorism Center in 2018 called ‘Boko Haram Beyond the Headlines: Analyses of Africa’s Enduring Insurgency.” He also co-authored a book (in Russian) in 2017 with Erlan Karin called “Between ISIS and Al-Qaeda: Central Asian Foreign Fighters in the Syrian War” and a book chapter with Svante Cornell called “Religion and the Secular State” in Uzbekistan’s New Face, which was edited by S. Frederick Starr and Svante E. Cornell and published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2018. Zenn graduated as a Global Law Scholar from Georgetown Law and from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Nanjing Center for Chinese-American Studies in Nanjing, China and has studied Uighur and Persian at Xinjiang University and Samarkand State University. Follow @BokoWatch

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Glen Howard is the President of the Jamestown Foundation, one of the world’s leading research and analysis organizations on Eurasia. Based in Washington, D.C., Mr. Howard has overseen the research and analysis activities of Jamestown for the past 16 years and extensively dealt with Russia and Eurasia in his capacity as Jamestown President, working with the regional leaders and national strategists across Eurasia from the Baltic to Central Asia.An expert on Eurasia and Russia, Mr. Howard is the co-author with Matt Czekaj of the new book Russia’s Military Strategy and Doctrine, a collection of writings on Russian military strategy and doctrine by some of the world’s leading defense experts. Mr. Howard is also the editor of the book Volatile Borderland: Russia and the North Caucasus, and other works. He has published articles in the Wall Street Journal, Real Clear Defense, the Hill, and other prominent publications.Mr. Howard is privileged to have worked for the late Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski from 2002 to 2008 as the executive director of an advocacy organization seeking a peaceful resolution of the second Russo-Chechen war.  Mr. Howard worked at the U.S. Embassy Moscow from 1984-1986 and is fluent in Russian and proficient in French, Turkish and Azerbaijani.Mr. Howard received a Master’s degree in Soviet and East European Studies from the University of Kansas (1988) and has an undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University in Business Management (1984).