Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, focuses his research on the challenges posed by violent non-state actors. Studies that he has authored examine the economic aspects of al Qaeda’s military strategy; the radicalization process for jihadi terrorists; and theaters of conflict that are important to the future of the “global war on terror,” including the Horn of Africa. He is the author or volume editor of eleven books and monographs, including Bin Laden’s Legacy (Wiley, 2011), and has published widely in the popular and academic press, including in 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 Special Operations Command Europe (Germany), the Universität Tübingen (Germany), Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (Israel), the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, the National Counterterrorism Center, and U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College. 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, story and series development for major media companies, and strategic consultations for defense contractors. 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 was a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute in 2007. He can conduct research in five languages, including Arabic.