Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and an adjunct assistant professor in Georgetown University’s security studies program, focuses his research on the challenges posed by violent non-state actors. Studies he has authored examine the history, strategy, and organizational structure of the jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia; the economic aspects of al-Qaeda’s military strategy; and the radicalization process for homegrown jihadist terrorists. Overall, he has been the author or volume editor of twelve 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, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Reader’s Digest, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, The Yale Journal of International Affairs, and German political science journal Der Bürger im Staat.
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 Universität Tübingen (Germany), the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (Israel), the United States Naval Academy, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Counterterrorism Center, U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and many others. He has also 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.
In addition to his academic contributions, Gartenstein-Ross consults for clients who need to be at the forefront of understanding violent non-state actors and twenty-first century conflict. His client work has included live hostage negotiations in the Middle East, border security work in Europe, expert witness work for asylum seekers from the Horn of Africa, and story and series development for major media companies. He also regularly designs and leads training for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Leader Development and Education for Sustained Peace (LDESP) courses, the U.S. State Department’s Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance, and domestic law enforcement.
Gartenstein-Ross is a Ph.D. candidate in world politics at the Catholic University of America, where he received a M.A. in the same subject. He earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from the New York University School of Law, and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Wake Forest University. He is a Senior Fellow at George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism–The Hague. He can conduct research in five languages, including Arabic.