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Al-Qaeda and Its Heirs

 

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Jamestown analyst Wladimir van Wilgenburg Quoted by Middle East Eye

October 21, 2014

Wladimir van Wilgenburg discussed the recent airdrop of supplies to Syrian Kurds in Kobane by the U.S. and Iraqi Kurds.

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October 14, 2014

La Vanguardia, a Spanish newspaper, quoted Wladimir van Wilgenburg, an analyst on Kurdish politics for Jamestown, on Kurdish unity in the wake of the Islamic State organization's siege of Kobane.

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About Jamestown's Terrorism Program

Global Terrorism Analysis is produced by The Jamestown Foundation. Since September 11, 2003, Jamestown has been publishing Terrorism Monitor, a bi-weekly journal providing in-depth, objective analysis on al-Qaeda and the War on Terror. Jamestown has continually expanded on its coverage of terrorism and security issues, utilizing indigenous sources and with attention paid to frequently un-reported or under-reported topics. Spotlight on Terror is our occasional publication with interviews, special features or analysis of breaking news. Terrorism Focus began publication in August 2004 as a bi-weekly complement to Terrorism Monitor, and has since found a niche in providing timely, weekly analysis on events in global terrorism, with extensive translations and assessments of jihad on the web.

About the Analysts for Terrorism Monitor

Hassan Abbas

Hassan Abbas served as the Sub-Divisional Police Chief in the NWFP from 1996-1998, and was the Deputy Director of Investigations in Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau from 1999-2000. Currently, he is a fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and is the author of Pakistan's Drift into Extremism: Allah, the Army and America's War on Terror.

Sohail Abdul Nasir

Sohail Abdul Nasir is an Islamabad-based journalist. He writes on foreign policy matters, regional security issues and the war on terrorism.

Mahan Abedin

Mr. Abedin co-edited Unmasking Terror: A Global Review of Terrorist Actitives (2005). He is an expert on Iran, Iraq and Islamic movements and ideologies. Mr. Abedin makes contributions to numerous publications, including the Beirut-based Daily Star and Asia Times. He gained his MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics in 2000. Mr. Abedin has since worked as a consultant on financial, political and security affairs related to the Middle East.

Zainul Abid

Zainul Abid is an expert on Middle-East and Asia-Pacific region based in New Delhi, India.

Zachary Abuza

Zachary Abuza is one of the leading scholars on Terrorism in Southeast Asia. He is currently Associate Professor for Political Science and International Relations at Simmons College.

Nima Adelkhah

Nima Adelkhah is an independent analyst based in New York. His current research agenda includes the Middle East, military strategy and technology, and nuclear proliferation among other defense and security issues.

Mohammad Ahmad

Mohammad Ahmad is an independent analyst based in Zarqa, Jordan.

Pete Ajemian

Pete Ajemian recently completed graduate studies at the University of St. Andrews. He previously spent time living in Lebanon and has conducted research on terrorism related issues for US law enforcement.

Farhana Ali

Farhana Ali is an Associate International Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation. She has done extensive research on jihadist networks and religious extremism.

Imtiaz Ali

Imtiaz Ali is a Pakistan-based journalist working as a special correspondent for the Washington Post. Before this he was a correspondent for the BBC Pashto Service for about six years. He joined the BBC in 2001, reporting on the U.S. attack on the Taliban regime in Afghanistan in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Before the BBC, he was a print journalist and worked with Pakistan's premier English daily publications, The News and Dawn. Since 9/11, he has reported extensively on the Taliban, militancy in the border regions and Pakistan's military operations against al-Qaeda operatives and their local supporters in the tribal areas of Pakistan. Mr. Ali was a Knight Journalism Fellow at the John S. Knight Fellowships Program at Stanford during 2006-2007.

Rafid Fadhil Ali

Rafid Fadhil Ali is journalist, writer and reporter. From 2003 to 2007 he covered the Iraq war and followed events from the field. Rafid worked for different pan-Arab and foreign media organizations. He is an expert in Iraqi politics and militant groups in the Middle East. Rafid writes frequently in English and Arabic for publications such as the Jamestown Foundation’s Terrorism Monitor and Militant Leaders Monitor, and the daily Arab newspaper, al-Hayat.

Anes Alic

Anes Alic is the Executive Director of ISA Consulting, www.isaintel.com.

Feyza Altindag

Feyza Altindag is a specialist in East European and Turkish affairs.

Giuseppe Anzera

Giuseppe Anzera is Assistant Professor of Sociology of International Politics at "La Sapienza" University of Rome. He collaborates with the Power and Interest News Report (PINR), an analytical organization that utilizes open source intelligence to provide conflict analysis services in the context of international relations.

Ryan Arant

Ryan Arant is an independent analyst specializing in Middle East national security issues. He holds an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Tariq Mahmud Ashraf

Tariq Mahmud Ashraf is a retired Air Commodore from the Pakistan Air Force. A freelance analyst on South Asian defense and nuclearization issues, he has authored one book and published over 70 papers and articles in journals of repute.

Scott Atran

Scott Atran is a director of research at the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris and Professor of anthropology and psychology at the University of Michigan. He is the author of In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion and the organizer of a NATO working group on suicide terrorism.

Chietigj Bajpaee

Chietigj Bajpaee is a South Asia analyst at Control Risks, a London-based risk consultancy. He has previously worked at IHS Global Insight, the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, and the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

Abdul Hameed Bakier

Abdul Hameed Bakier is an expert on internet media monitoring and analysis. He is based in Jordan.

Edwin Bakker

Edwin Bakker is on the editorial board of Helsinki Monitor and Vrede & Veiligheid, and secretary general of the executive committee of the Netherlands Helsinki Committee.

Sharon Bean

Sharon Bean has 25 years of experience building institutional capacity in a variety of settings, including civil-military, post conflict, stabilization, governance, and anti-corruption projects. Recently, Sharon has supported Civil-Military Operations in Western Africa, part of the Trans-Sahara Counter-Terrorism Partnership- an interagency initiative to prevent, deter, and mitigate terrorist influence in at-risk African nation.

Burak Bekdil

Burak Bekdil is an Ankara-based freelance journalist. He writes a column for the Turkish Daily News and covers defense and security for the U.S. weekly Defense News. He also writes for other western publications. Bekdil was formerly the Ankara correspondent for Dow Jones Newswires and Ankara bureau chief for the Ankara-based CNBC-e television.

Vyacheslav Belokrenitsky

Dr. Belokrenitsky is chair of the Near and Middle East Department, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, and Professor, Institute of International Relations, Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Benedetta Berti

Benedetta Berti is the Earhart Doctoral fellow at the Fletcher School, Tufts University, where she is specializing in international security studies and Middle Eastern studies. She is also a graduate researcher at the Jebsen Center for Counter Terrorism Studies at Tufts University.

Andrew Black

Andrew Black is the CEO of Navanti Group, a professional services firm that provides socio-cultural and social media solutions to the U.S. government.

Stephen Blank

Dr. Stephen Blank is a Senior Fellow and resident Russia expert at the American Foreign Policy Council. Previously, he worked as a professor at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA. The views expressed here do not represent those of the U.S. Army, Defense Department or the U.S. Government.

Ludo Block

Ludo Block is a former Dutch senior police officer and served as the Dutch police liaison officer for Russia and surrounding countries between 1999 and 2004. He is currently writing a PhD on police cooperation in the European Union.

Jeb Boone

Jeb Boone is a freelance writer and journalist and former managing editor of the Yemen Times.

Federico Bordonaro

Federico Bordonaro is a senior analyst with the Power and Interest News Report, an analytical organization that utilizes open source intelligence to provide conflict analysis services in the context of international relations. He holds a Ph.D. from the University La Sorbonne in Paris and is presently based in Rome.

Anneli Botha

Anneli Botha is a senior researcher on terrorism at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in Cape Town.

Christopher Boucek

Christopher Boucek is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Princeton University and a Lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School.

Anouar Boukhars

Anouar Boukhars is a specialist on politics of the Muslim world. Dr. Boukhars is an assistant professor and director of the Center for Defense and Security Policy at Wilberforce University in Ohio. He is also editor of Wilberforce Quarterly Journal.

James Brandon

James Brandon is a senior research fellow at the Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism thinktank in London. He is a former journalist who has reported on Islamic issues in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for a wide variety of print and broadcast media. He holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London and has worked for a wide variety of thinktanks in the US and the UK.

James Briggs

James Briggs is an analyst based in Nigeria.

Syed Adnan Ali Shah Bukhari

Syed Adnan Ali Shah Bukhari is Associate Research Fellow and Team Leader of South and Central Asia Desk at the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR), Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

Rusen Cakir

Rusen Cakir is a senior correspondent for the Turkish daily Vatan and has contributed to various other media outlets, such as Milliyet and CNN-Turk.

Ludovico Carlino

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Ludovico Carlino is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of International Politics at the University of Reading, specializing in al-Qaeda and its affiliated movements. He obtained a MA in Analysis and Terrorism Prevention from the University of Madrid and is currently Director of the International Terrorism program at CISIP, the Italian Center for the Study of Political Islam.

Thomas Patrick Carroll

Mr. Carroll is a former officer in the Clandestine Service of the CIA and currently on the editorial board of the Middle East Intelligence Bulletin.

Peter Chalk

Peter Chalk is an analyst at RAND specializing in South East Asia, international terrorism and emerging threats.

Matthew Chebatoris

Matthew Chebatoris is a freelance analyst and 12-year veteran of the U.S. intelligence community.

Pierre-arnaud Chouvy

Pierre-Arnaud Chouvy, PhD, is a Geographer and Research Fellow at CNRS (France). He specializes in the geopolitics of illicit drugs with a particular focus on Asia. He produces http://www.geopium.org.

Ian Conway

Ian Conway manages Helios Global, Inc., an international security consultancy based in the Washington, DC area.

Gordon Corera

Gordon Corera is the BBC's Security Correspondent

Svante E. Cornell

Dr. Svante E. Cornell is Research Director of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at Johns Hopkins University-SAIS.

Steven  Costello

Steven Costello is a freelance writer who has worked in various developing countries, including South Sudan, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania. He holds an MSc in African Studies from St. Anne's College, Oxford University and a BA in International Affairs from the New School for Social Research.

Dan G. Cox

Dan G. Cox is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the United States Army School of Advanced Military Studies, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Jeffrey Cozzens

Jeffrey Cozzens is Head of Areté Associates’ Terrorism Studies and Analysis Program, a research-based arm of Areté’s National Security Studies and Analysis Program, and is a PhD candidate at the University of St Andrews Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence.

Dario Cristiani

Dario Cristiani is a PhD Candidate in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies at King’s College London. Previously, he has been a teaching fellow in Political Science and Comparative Politics at the University of Naples "L’Orientale" and a political analyst with the Power and Interest News Report (PINR).

John C. K. Daly

Dr. John C. K. Daly is a Eurasian foreign affairs and defense policy expert for The Jamestown Foundation and a non-resident fellow at the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute in Washington DC.

Sara Daly

Sara Daly is an international policy analyst at RAND. Her research focuses primarily on international terrorism, insurgency, emerging threats, nuclear terrorism, and intelligence issues.

Thomas Davidson

Chief Warrant Officer 4 (ret) Thomas S. Davidson II was a Senior Military Intelligence Analyst at the Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO) of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He has extensive experience working on border and security issues.

Andrew Dean

Andrew P. Dean recently graduated from Johns Hopkins University's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences with an M.A. in International Security Studies. He has expertise in nuclear non-proliferation and the technical methods by which nations deploy nuclear weapons. He also brings with him a strong background in national security strategy analysis and future battlefield scenario-making.

Jamie Dettmer

Jamie Dettmer is an expert on North Africa, the Middle East and Southern Europe. He writes for Newsweek/Daily Beast, Voice of America and Maclean's. He is also a Senior Media Fellow at the Democracy Institute.

Yaron Eisenberg

Yaron Eisenberg is an associate with the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, specializing in terrorism, nuclear proliferation and defense policy issues. He was formerly with the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence.

Bilun Erim

Bilun Erim is a research analyst at Middle East Technical University, Turkey.

Andrew Exum

Andrew Exum is a Soref fellow at The Washington Institute, focusing on contemporary Middle Eastern insurgencies and counter-insurgency strategies. Mr. Exum served in the U.S. Army from 2000 to 2004, leaving active duty as a captain. He was decorated for valor in 2002 while leading a platoon of light infantry in Afghanistan. Subsequently, he led a platoon of Army Rangers into Iraq in 2003 and into Afghanistan in 2004. He lived in Beirut until recently.

Riccardo Fabiani

Riccardo Fabiani is a political analyst on North African affairs for Exclusive Analysis and has previously published for the Power and Interest News Report (PINR) and Equilibri.net. He holds an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.

Christine Fair

Christine Fair is the coordinator for South Asia research programs at the United States Institute for Peace (USIP)

Ali Farassati

Ali Farassati obtained his Ph.D. in geopolitics from the University of Paris in France, and is a former professor of political science at Azad Islamic University of Iran. He currently resides in the United States.

Joseph Ferguson

Joseph Ferguson is a consultant for LMI in McLean, VA and an affiliate professor of international relations at the University of Washington.

Benedict F. Fitzgerald

Mr. Benedict F. FitzGerald is an independent political-military consultant with nearly forty years of experience dealing with Middle Eastern, South Asian and Central Asian affairs. His career has included service with the U.S. military and intelligence communities, as well as in the private sector.

Derek Henry Flood

Derek Henry Flood is an independent author and journalist who blogs at the-war-diaries.com. Derek is the editor of Jamestown's Militant Leadership Monitor publication.

Guy Fricano

Dr. Guy Fricano lectures at the University of Chicago, Elmhurst College, and the University of St Francis, and is a Masters candidate at the University of St Andrews Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence. His current research examines propaganda of Mexico's drug war.

Gary Gambill

Gary C. Gambill, a political analyst for Freedom House and adjunct professor at College of Mount Saint Vincent, has published widely on Lebanese and Syrian affairs. He is the former editor of Middle East Intelligence Bulletin.

Khalil Gebara

Khalil Gebara is a Lebanese researcher and holds a PhD in Middle Eastern Politics from the University of Exeter (UK)

Khwaja Geedar Khan

Khwaja Geedar Khan lives in Peshawar and works for various Western humanitarian aid organizations.

Antonio Giustozzi

Dr. Antonio Giustozzi is a Research Fellow at the Crisis States Research Centre at the London School of Economics. He is the author of several articles and papers on Afghanistan, as well as of two books, "War, Politics and Society in Afghanistan, 1978-1992" (Georgetown University Press) and "Koran, Kalashnikov and Laptop: The Neo-Taliban Insurgency, 2002-7" (Columbia University Press). His next book, "Empires of Mud: War and Warlords in Afghanistan," will appear in 2008. He is currently researching issues of governance in Afghanistan.

Akram Gizabi

Akram Gizabi is a freelance writer based in the United States who specializes in Afghan political and military affairs.

Joshua Gleis

Joshua Gleis is a Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, and a PhD Candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. As a researcher at the Jebsen Center for Counter Terrorism Studies, his areas of focus are counterterrorism, counterinsurgencies, and the Middle East. His dissertation explores how to more effectively withdraw from insurgencies.

Sebastian Gorka

Sebastian Gorka is Adjunct Professor at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies Program on Terrorism and Security Studies and Executive Director of the Institute for Transitional Democracy and International Security (ITDIS).

Audra Grant

Audra K. Grant, PhD, is a political scientist at RAND. Her research focuses on the Middle East, and issues related to the development of political Islam, terrorism, as well as the attitudinal orientations of Middle East publics. Prior to joining RAND, she was an analyst at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence for five years.

Madeleine Gruen

Madeleine Gruen is an intelligence analyst and a candidate for a master's degree from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

Olivier Guitta

Olivier Guitta is a foreign affairs and counter-terrorism consultant in Washington DC and the founder of the newsletter The Croissant, located at http://www.thecroissant.com.

Michael Gunter

Michael M. Gunter is a professor of political science at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee and teaches during the summer at the International University in Vienna, Austria. He is the author of five critically praised scholarly books on the Kurdish question, the most recent being Kurdish Historical Dictionary, 2004; The Kurdish Predicament in Iraq: A Political Analysis, 1999; and The Kurds and the Future of Turkey, 1997. He was a former Senior Fulbright Lecturer in International Relations in Turkey and Israel.

Kathryn Haahr

Ms. Haahr is a foreign affairs and counter-terrorism consultant in Washington, D.C.

Ahmed Hashim

Professor Ahmed S. Hashim is a leading authority on Middle Eastern, Central and South Asian security issues. A member of the United States Naval War College's strategic research department, Hashim recently returned from field research in Iraq.

Muhammad Haniff  Hassan

Muhammad Haniff Hassan is Associate Research Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) where he specializes in counter-ideology. He has a Master degree in Strategic Studies from NTU and currently a PhD candidate of the same program there. He also holds a degree in Islamic Studies.

Chris Heffelfinger

Chris Heffelfinger is an independent researcher affiliated with the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. He is also the editor of Unmasking Terror: A Global Review of Terrorist Activities (Vol I and II, The Jamestown Foundation).

Justin Hempson-Jones

Justin Hempson-Jones is a freelance analyst. He recently completed an MPhil in International Relations at the University of Oxford.

Nicholas A. Heras

Nicholas A. Heras is a Middle East researcher at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and an associated analyst for the Jamestown Foundation.

Andrew Holt

Andrew Holt is a Southeast Asia analyst based in Los Angeles.

Michael Horton

Michael Horton is a Senior Analyst for Arabian Affairs at The Jamestown Foundation where he specializes on Yemen and the Horn of Africa. He also writes for Jane's Intelligence Review, Intelligence Digest, Islamic Affairs Analyst, and the Christian Science Monitor. Mr. Horton studied Middle East History and Economics at the American University of Cairo and Arabic at the Center for Arabic Language and Eastern Studies in Yemen. Michael frequently travels to Yemen, Ethiopia, and Somalia.

Frank Hyland

Frank Hyland served in the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency's Counter-Terrorist Center and the National Counter-Terrorism Center. He has been involved in counter-terrorism work for more than 25 years. Mr. Hyland has taught at both The Johns Hopkins University and the Joint Military Intelligence College and is presently on the faculty of the American Public University System. His career includes an 18-month tour in Ankara, Turkey. He is the author of Armenian Terrorism: The Past, The Present, The Prospects published by Westview Press. As the CEO of S&F Enterprises, he is presently a consultant to both private-sector and public-sector clients.

Zafar Imran

Zafar Imran is an independent analyst based in Washington DC.

Michael A. Innes

Michael A. Innes is a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds, and a regular contributor to Foreign Policy magazine’s AfPak Channel.

Sydney Irving

Sydney Irving is an independent journalist based in East Africa.

David C. Isby

David Isby is a Washington-based author and defense and foreign policy analyst.

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Noor Huda Ismail

Noor Huda Ismail is a consultant on the impact of religion on political violence in Southeast Asia. Mr. Ismail has been doing extensive research on jihadist networks and religious extremism. His works have been published in numerous publications, including the Washington Post, YaleGlobal online, the Australian, the Straits Times and the Jakarta Post.

Elie Issa

Elie Issa is a Lebanese analyst focusing on the Middle East and North Africa regions for the past eight years. His interests include geopolitical, security and macroeconomic topics.

Joshua Jacobs

Joshua Jacobs is a Middle Eastern Policy Analyst and published columnist at the Institute for Gulf Affairs.

Arif Jamal

Arif Jamal is a visiting fellow at the New York University and author of “Shadow War – The Untold Story of Jihad in Kashmir.”

A. Jamali

A. Jamali is an expert of Afghanistan.

N. Janardhan

Dr. N. Janardhan is the editor of Gulf in the Media at the Gulf Research Center, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Gareth Jenkins

Gareth Jenkins is a writer and journalist resident in Istanbul, where he has been based for the last 20 years.

John Jennings

John Jennings wrote extensively on Afghanistan from 1987-1994 for the Associated Press, the Economist and other publications. He returned to journalism in November 2001 to cover Afghanistan for the Washington Times and also worked as a Dari interpreter for BBC television.

Wilson John

Wilson John is a Senior Fellow with Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, India.

Gregory D. Johnsen

Gregory D. Johnsen, a former Fulbright Fellow in Yemen, is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.

Michael Jonsson

Michael Jonsson is a Partner at the AML/CFT Group and a Ph.D student at the Department of Government at Uppsala University, Sweden. He is currently a Marcus Wallenberg Scholar at Georgetown University in Washington DC. Mr. Jonsson previously worked at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Security and Development Policy in Stockholm, Sweden, where he specialized in researching terrorist financing and money laundering in Europe.

Javier Jordán

Javier Jordán (PhD) is a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, University of Granada (Spain). He was a Research Fellow at the Training and Doctrine Command of the Spanish Army and a NATO Research Fellow. He is currently Editor in-Chief of JihadMonitor.org.

Sirwan Kajjo

Sirwan Kajjo is a Syrian-Kurdish analyst based in Washington, D.C. He writes extensively about Syrian and Kurdish politics.

Dominic Kalms

Dominic Kalms is an analyst specializing in Middle East and Latin American national security affairs. He holds a Master's Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.

Saban Kardas

Saban Kardas works as Assistant Professor of International Relations at the TOBB, Economy and Technology University in Ankara, Turkey.

Mark Katz

Mark N. Katz is a professor of government and politics at George Mason University. His recent publications include, “Osama bin Laden as Transnational Revolutionary Leader,” Current History, February 2002; “Post-Iraq and Beyond: What Can We Expect from Trilateral US/EU/Russian Cooperation in the Greater Middle East Region,” EastWest Institute, March 2004; and “Saudi-Russian Relations Since 9/11,” Problems of Post-Communism, March-April 2004.

Bernd Kaussler

Dr. Bernd Kaussler holds a MA and PhD from the University of St. Andrews and is currently Assistant Professor in Political Science at James Madison University. As Associate Fellow at the Institute for Iranian Studies at St. Andrews, he is involved in various research projects on contemporary Iranian politics and foreign policy.

Lydia Khalil

Lydia Khalil recently returned from Iraq where she worked as governance policy advisor for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad. Prior to that, Lydia was appointed to the White House Office of Homeland Security. She has worked at home and abroad for the U.S. government, international organizations, private companies and think-tanks on a variety of Middle East political and terrorism issues.

Afzal Khan

Afzal Khan is a political and terrorism analyst of the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. After many years as a Writer-Editor with the former U.S. Information Agency and as a Terrorism Editor for London-based Jane's Information Group, he is now a contractual writer for the U.S. State Department specializing in the Middle East and South Asia region.

Mukhtar A. Khan

Mukhtar A. Khan is a Pashtun journalist based in Washington, D.C., covering the issues of Taliban and al-Qaeda in Pakistan-Afghanistan border regions. Since 9/11, he has extensively covered the War on Terror in Pakistan-Afghanistan tribal areas, both for the local and international media, including the BBC, Mail on Sunday, and Voice of America. Before shifting to Washington D.C., Mukhtar closely monitored Pakistan’s tribal areas by paying frequent visits to it and interviewing top Taliban leadership. Currently, he is working on a book on increasing trends of militancy in Pakistan-Afghanistan border regions and its spillover to rest of the world. He is also contributing articles to various local and international publications on terrorism.

Massoud Khodabandeh

Massoud Khodabandeh is a former member of the Mojahedin-e-Khalq, and mainly served in the organization's intelligence/security department. Khodabandeh left the Mojahedin in 1996 and currently lives in the north of England, where he works as a security consultant.

Mustafa Kibaroglu

Dr. Mustafa Kibaroglu teaches courses on international security and Turkish foreign policy in the Department of International Relations at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.

Zaina Konbaz

Zaina Konbaz is currently a research assistant at the Middle East Institute (MEI). She has a master's degree in political science from George Mason University. Her research interests focus on authoritarian regime emergence and resilience, human rights and terrorism in the Middle East.

Victor Korgun

Victor Korgun is a Doctor of Historical Sciences and Chief of the Afghanistan Department at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Panos A. Kostakos

Panos A. Kostakos is Ph.D candidate and teaching associate in the Department of European Studies and Modern Languages at the University of Bath. His main research interest is the social embeddedment of organized crime and terrorist networks in the Balkans. He is fluent in Greek, English and French.

Asbed Kotchikian

Asbed Kotchikian is a PhD candidate in political science at Boston University. His areas of interest include the post-Soviet South Caucasus and the Middle East, with a focus on foreign policy, political change and development.

Reuben Kyama

Reuben Kyama is currently an Erasmus Mundus scholar at the Department of Journalism and Publishing at City University, London. Prior to that, he spent six years working as a journalist in Nairobi where he contributed to the New York Times, Kyodo news agency, Deutsche Welle Radio Service and Kenya's leading daily newspapers, the Nation and the Standard, among other publications.

Kanchan Lakshman

Kanchan Lakshman is a Research Fellow for the Institute for Conflict Management, New Delhi.

Jozef Lang

Józef Lang is a Central Asia analyst at the Center for Eastern Studies (OSW, Polish: rodek Studiów Wschodnich) in Warsaw, Poland. Graduated from Warsaw University - BA in international relations with thesis about the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. Fluent Russian speaker, currently working on issues regarding political developments in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, as well as the evolution of Islamic radicalism in the region as a whole.

Jennifer Lang

Jennifer Lang is a freelance consultant with a background in counterterrorism, defense and security analysis. She recently spent a year covering the jihadist threat to the UK and conducting country risk reporting for Qatar, the UAE and Algeria for the political risk firm, Stirling Assynt. She obtained her MPhil in International Relations from Cambridge University in 2011.

Christian Nils  Larson

Christian Nils Larson is a Partner at The AML/CFT Group. He holds an MA in Central Eurasian Studies from Indiana University and a certificate in Political Science from l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Aix-en-Provence, France. Mr. Larson has worked as an expert consultant for numerous law firms handling national security cases. Previously he ran a USDA-funded microfinance program in Uzbekistan and worked as a Contributing Researcher for the Institute for Security and Development Policy in Stockholm, Sweden on terrorist financing and money laundering issues.

Michael Lauber

Michael Lauber is CEO of the Liechtenstein Bankers' Association. From 2001 to 2004, he served as the Director of Liechenstein's Financial Intelligence Unit.

Matthew Levitt

Matthew Levitt, a former FBI counterterrorism analyst, is a senior fellow and Director of Terrorism Studies at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Brynjar Lia

Dr. Brynjar Lia is a research professor at the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment (FFI) and the author of a forthcoming biography on Abu Mus'ab al-Suri entitled Architect of Global Jihad: The Life of Al-Qaeda Strategist Abu Mus'ab Al-Suri (London: Hurst & Co Publisher, 2007). See www.hurstpub.co.uk/hurst/bookdetails.asp?book=192. Among his previous books are Globalisation and the Future of Terrorism: Patterns and Predictions (London: Routledge, 2005) and The Society of the Muslim Brothers in Egypt, 1928-1942 (Reading: Ithaca Press, 1998).

Matthew Lyons

Mr. Lyons has spent several years as a counterterrorism analyst advising the American government.

Nathaniel Manni

Nathaniel Manni is an Army veteran, who served 3 years active duty with the 82nd Airborne Division and 4 years in the Massachusetts National Guard. He received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Suffolk University where he graduated with high distinction and a Master of Arts in Diplomacy (concentrating in international terrorism) from Norwich University where he was indoctrinated into the Sigma Iota Rho, Honor Society for International Studies. He has been published twice in the academic journal Global Security Studies and speaks both Russian and French.

Muhammad Mansour

Muhammad Mansour is a highly accomplished investigative journalist with more than ten-year, solid track record of producing high-quality print and online reports for international media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Times and Egypt Independent. He covers a broad range of topics related to Egyptian politics and global affairs. Mansour examines the junctions of Egyptian politics and society as they slowly disintegrate under the pressure of a ruthless military dictatorship. He gave lectures on new media and the Arab Spring in the Czech Republic and India. Mansour is currently a fellow at the Leaders for Democracy program at Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in New York.

Ramzy Mardini

Ramzy Mardini is an adjunct fellow at the Beirut-based Iraq Institute for Strategic Studies. He previously was a researcher on Iraq at the Institute for the Study of War and on Iranian politics at the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan - Amman. Mr. Mardini has also served at the Office of Vice President Joseph Biden and within the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the State Department. He is the editor of two books published by the Jamestown Foundation, Volatile Landscape: Iraq and its Insurgent Movements and The Battle for Yemen: Al-Qaeda and the Struggle for Stability, and holds degrees in international relations from the Ohio State University and the University of Chicago.

Erich Marquardt

Erich Marquardt is an independent researcher affiliated with the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. He previously was the Program Manager of Global Terrorism Analysis at The Jamestown Foundation.

Omid Marzban

Omid Marzban has worked for Good Morning Afghanistan Radio Station and Radio Free Europe. He is based in Afghanistan.

Lieutenant General Talat Masood

Lieutenant General Talat Masood is a retired officer of the Pakistan Army and writes on security issues for a variety of national and international newspapers and magazines.

Munir Mawari

Munir Mawari is a Yemeni-American journalist and native speaker of Arabic. Currently a freelance writer, he has worked previously for al-Jazeera TV, Voice of America and Asharq al-Awsat. He appears frequently on the BBC Arabic service and other satellite TV channels.

Ronan McGee

Ronan McGee is an M.A. candidate in Middle East Studies at George Washington University. He studied Arabic in Yemen in 2007 and in Lebanon in 2010. He works for a global risk consultancy in the Washington, D.C. area.

Andrew McGregor

Andrew McGregor is Director of Aberfoyle International Security, a Toronto-based agency specializing in security issues related to the Islamic world. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto’s Dept. of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations in 2000 and is a former Research Associate of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs. In October 2007 he took over as managing editor of the Jamestown Foundation’s Global Terrorism Analysis publications. He is the author of an archaeological history of Darfur published by Cambridge University in 2001 and publishes frequently on international security issues. His latest book is A Military History of Modern Egypt, published by Praeger Security International in 2006. Dr. McGregor provides commentary on military and security issues for newspapers (including the New York Times and Financial Times), as well as making frequent appearances on radio (BBC, CBC Radio, VOA, Radio Canada International) and television (CBC Newsworld, CTV Newsnet, and others).

Mark McNamee

Mark McNamee is an Intelligence Analyst for Sub-Saharan Africa at an international risk consulting firm in the Washington, D.C. region as well as a contract employee for the U.S. Army Combating Terrorism Center. He has an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), with concentrations in Russian & Eurasian Studies and International Economics, and studied Russian in St. Petersburg, Russia for two years.

Hayder Mili

Hayder Mili is an independent researcher specializing in terrorism and security issues in Central Asia and the Caucasus

Georgiy Mirsky

Professor Georgiy Mirsky is a senior research fellow at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.

Abdullahi Ahmed  Mohamed

Abdullahi Ahmed Mohamed is a Nairobi based journalist who has worked with several Somali websites for the last six years. He is now the editor of one of the Somali news website Nabadnews.com. He has reported on Islamist movements in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia for a number of websites, including Kismaayonews.com, Kismaayood.com, Somalireal.com, Danwaanews.com and Nabadnews.com.

Cerwyn Moore

Dr. Cerwyn Moore is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Birmingham.

Andrea Morigi

Andrea Morigi is a journalist with the Italian daily Libero and the author of the book "Le Multinazionali del Terrore."

Sami Moubayed

Dr. Sami Moubayed is a Syrian writer and political analyst. He is the author of many books on Syria including Steel & Silk: Men and Women Who Shaped Syria 1900-2000 (Cune Press 2005).

Hussain Mousavi

Hussain Mousavi writes on the Middle East.

Laurent Murawiec

Laurent Murawiec is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. He is most recently the author of "La Guerre D'apres," a book about Saudi Arabia published in France by Albin Michel Publishers.

Hani Nasira

Hani Nasira is an Egyptian writer who specializes in ideological movements. He is the author of several books, including Al-Qaeda and Jihadi Salafism: Intellectual Streams and Limits of Verification (2008); Religious Converts: A study of the phenomenon of conversion (2009); The Crisis of the Arab Renaissance and the War of Ideas (2009); and New Liberalism in the Arab World (2007).

Hamad Nazzal

Hamad Nazzal an in­de­pend­ent analyst-journalist who has extensive experience reporting from the Middle East for the U.S. government. He is a former writer for Middle Eastern TV Network and Radio Sawa.

Daniel Neep

Daniel Neep is an Associate Fellow with the Middle East & North Africa Programme at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence & Security Studies (RUSI).

Judit Neurink

Judit Neurink is editor of the Middle East section at a Dutch daily. Neurink recently published a book on the Iranian terrorist group, the Mojahedin-e-Khalq, entitled “Misled Martyrs.”

Tarique Niazi

Tarique Niazi teaches Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. He specializes in Resource-based Conflicts. He may be reached via email: [email protected]

Ozcan  Nihat Ali

Dr. Nihat Ali Özcan is a security policy analyst at the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) and a lecturer at the TOBB University of Economics and Technology in Ankara. He is an expert on the Turkish military and the PKK.

Magnus Norell

Magnus Norell, PhD is Director of the Center for the Study of Low-intensity Conflicts and Terrorism (CLIENT) and a Senior Analyst at the Swedish Defence Research Agency.

Evgenii  Novikov

Senior Fellow - Terrorism Program  

Dr. Evgenii Novikov, an expert on Islam and on the politics and economics of the Persian Gulf region. Born in Kyrgyzstan of Russian parents, Dr. Novikov received his Master's degree in Business and Foreign Trade in the Gulf States from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, and his PhD in the politics and economy of Arabic countries from the Moscow Institute of Social Sciences. He also has extensive practical experience in Central Asia and the Persian Gulf region. As an elite Soviet expert on Islamic affairs, his responsibilities over the years ranged from instruction in the theory and practice of socialism to students from Islamic countries to advising Arab leaders on political affairs, international relations and trade issues. His official duties as a representative of the Soviet Communist Party's International Department provided Dr. Novikov with the opportunity to establish close personal and working relationships with many high-ranking officials in Islamic republics, including Yemen, Iraq and Kuwait. Following his defection to the United States in 1988, Dr. Novikov served on the faculty of the U.S. Naval War College and of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany, where he instructed pro-democracy leaders of the then newly independent nations of Central Asia.

Evgenii Novikov

Seth Nye

Seth Nye is an Instructor with the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point's Practitioner Education Program and an Adjunct Professor at New York University (NYU) where he teaches a graduate course on terrorism and insurgencies. He spent four years as an Intelligence Analyst and Team Leader with the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD’s) Counterterrorism Bureau and Intelligence Division. Prior to the NYPD, Mr. Nye was a Navy Intelligence Officer where among various positions he was assigned to the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan (CJSOTF-A) and a F/A-18F Super Hornet squadron (VFA-102).

Fredrick Nzwili

Fredrick Nzwili is a journalist writing on political, social and religious developments from Kenya's capital, Nairobi. Most of his writing involves attempts at providing the religious dimension of new developments. He is a graduate of Sociology and Literature from the University of Nairobi. He also hold a post-graduate diploma in Mass Communication (Journalism) from the University of Nairobi, School of Journalism.

Carole A. O'Leary

Carole A. O'Leary is a Visiting Scholar at the Columbus School of Law's Program in Law & Religion within the Catholic University of America (CUA).

Brian O'Neill

Brian O'Neill is an independent political analyst based out of Chicago, and is a former reporter for the Yemen Observer.

Guido Olimpio

Guido Olimpio is security correspondent for Corriere della Sera and has been a researcher on international terrorism for the past 20 years.

Akpobibibo Onduku

Akpobibibo Onduku holds a PhD in Peace Studies specializing in International Politics and Security Studies from the University of Bradford, UK and Masters in Law in Intercultural Human Rights from the St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami. He has researched extensively on peace and security and worked at the grassroots level in peace education through community programs in the crisis-ridden and oil-rich Delta region of Nigeria.

Shaun Overton

Shaun Overton is an independent analyst specializing in the Arab World. He has just returned from nine months of research in Yemen.

Nihat Ali Ozcan

Dr. Nihat Ali Özcan is a security policy analyst at the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) and a lecturer at the TOBB University of Economics and Technology in Ankara. He is an expert on the Turkish military and the PKK.

Raffaello Pantucci

Raffaello Pantucci is a Senior Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and the author of the forthcoming We Love Death as You Love Life: Britain’s Suburban Mujahedeen (Hurst/Columbia University Press).

Alison Pargeter

Alison Pargeter is a Research Fellow at the International Policy Institue, Kings College London. She has published widely on Libya.

Alison Pargeter

Alison Pargeter is a Research Fellow at the International Policy Institue, Kings College London.

Nenad Pejic

Nenad Pejic is Associate Director of Broadcasting for RFE/RL. Prior to joining RFE/RL in 1993 as Director of the South Slavic and Albanian Language Broadcast Service, Nenad held various positions with Sarajevo Television including, head of the news department, Belgrade correspondent, and Program Director. He also served for a brief stint as the Head of Publications and Public Relations at the European Institute for the Media. Nenad is a regular lecturer at universities in Germany, Ukraine, Georgia and Montenegro; international events such as NATO summits and the Salzberg Seminar; and to a number of Non-governmental organizations around Europe.

Sarah Phillips

Sarah Phillips lectures at the Centre for International Security Studies, Sydney University. She lived and worked in Yemen for nearly four years and specializes in Middle Eastern politics and the politics of state-building. Her recent book, Yemen’s Democracy Experiment in Regional Perspective (2008), was published by Palgrave Macmillan. She can be contacted at [email protected]

Carlos Mauricio Pineda Cruz

Carlos Mauricio Pineda Cruz, a former Salvadoran Diplomat who has been posted in Venezuela and Mexico, is currently studying at Oxford University’s Latin American Center.

Avery Plaw

Avery Plaw is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He is the author of several articles on drones and a book entitled Targeting Terrorists (Ethics and Global Politics) by Ashgate. He is a specialist on targeted assassinations.

Jeffrey Pool

Jeffrey Pool is a freelance consultant, specializing in security and terrorism issues in the Middle East. He is a former U.S. Army linguist, having received his diploma in Arabic from the Defense Language Institute in 1996. In 2003, Pool was selected as a Rotary World Peace Fellow to study conflict and security issues. This led him to pursue a Masters in International Relations at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, which he completed in July 2005. Fluent in Arabic and French, Mr. Pool received his Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Middle East Studies from Portland State University. He also has an extensive background in Information Technology, which benefits his research on cyber-warfare and Jihadist groups operating online.

Geoff D. Porter

Dr. Geoff D. Porter was the North Africa analyst with Eurasia Group, a consulting firm that advises corporate, financial services and government clients on political risks in emerging markets. He is a fluent Arabic and French speaker who travels frequently throughout North Africa and has previously lived in Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt for extended periods.

Chris Quillen

Chris Quillen is a former analyst in the Counter-Terrorist Center at the Central Intelligence Agency.

Babak Rahimi

Babak Rahimi received a Ph.D. from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. Dr. Rahimi has also studied at the University of Nottingham and London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. He was a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace from 2005-2006, where he conducted research on Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and Shiite politics in post-Baathist Iraq. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Literature, Program for the Study of Religion, University of California, San Diego.

Waliullah Rahmani

Waliullah Rahmani is a security and political affairs expert specializing in terrorism, insurgency, Afghanistan-Pakistan affairs and Islamic movements. He has led a think-tank in Kabul and advised national and international organizations on regional security and political trends of South Asia and Middle East

Matthew Reed

Matthew M. Reed is a Middle East specialist at Foreign Reports, Inc., a consulting firm in Washington, DC. More of his commentary can be found at Al Ajnabee, where he writes about the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy. He completed his M.A. coursework at George Washington University in May 2011. The views expressed here are solely his.

Kent Regens

Kent Regens is a Financial Consultant with RBC Dain Rauscher. He attended the University of Edinburgh where he received an MSc in International and European Politics in 2005.

Zia Ur Rehman

Zia Ur Rehman is a journalist and researcher and works on militancy, human rights and development in Pakistan’s tribal areas. He is a Pakistan Pashtun belonging to the Swat Valley and has written for Central Asia Online, The News, New York Times and Newsline.

Thomas Renard

Thomas Renard is a Research Fellow at Egmont - Royal Institute for International Relations

Bruce Riedel

Bruce Riedel is a Senior Fellow in the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. He retired in 2006 after 30 years of service at the Central Intelligence Agency, including postings overseas. He was a senior advisor on South Asia and the Middle East to four Presidents of the United States in the staff of the National Security Council at the White House.

Muhyadin Ahmed  Roble

Muhyadin Ahmed Roble is a Somali journalist who writes for SomaliaReport and AfricaNews as a correspondent based in Nairobi.

David Romano

David Romano is an assistant professor of International Studies at Rhodes College. He is the author of "The Kurdish Nationalist Movement" (2006, Cambridge University Press), in addition to numerous articles on Middle East politics, the Kurdish issue, forced migration, and globalization. He has spent several years conducting field research in Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria and Israel.

Jonathan Ross-harrington

Jonathan Ross-Harrington is an analyst for the Intelligence and Terrorism Analysis Group at Applied Marine Technologies Inc (AMTI) and a specialist in Asia-Pacific security and counter-terrorism. He was formerly with the Center for Study for Terrorism and Political Violence at St. Andrews University, Scotland.

Igor Rotar

Igor Rotar is an expert on security, ethnic and religious trends in the North Caucasus and Central Asia. He has previously written for Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Komsomol’skaia Pravda, Izvestia, Rossia, Novie Izvestia, as well as the Forum 18 News Service.

Animesh Roul

Animesh Roul is the Executive Director of Research at the New Delhi-based Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict (SSPC).

Michael W. S. Ryan

Senior Fellow 

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.

Giray Sadik

Giray Sadik received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Georgia. Dr. Sadik's research interests include U.S.-Turkish relations, transatlantic relations, foreign policy-domestic politics interaction, public opinion, and international counter-terrorism cooperation.

Syed Saleem Shahzad

Syed Saleem Shahzad is the Karachi bureau chief for Asia Times.

Mohamed Redzuan  Salleh

Mohamed Redzuan Salleh is a Research Analyst at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He is concurrently pursuing his Master degree in Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies at the Graduate School of Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University of Jakarta, researching on the causes of jihadist deradicalization.

Mohammad Salman

Mohammad Salman is Ph.D. research fellow at the Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies (BICCS), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). His research focuses on Strategic Hedging and China's Policy in the Middle East. He is also a teaching assistant at Tishreen University in Syria.

Jean-Loup  Samaan

Jean-Loup Samaan is a researcher in the Middle East Department of the NATO Defense College (Italy).

Julie Sawyer

Julie Sawyer is a Research Assistant at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

A.R. Sayyid

A. R. Sayyid is the editor of The Somali War Monitor Blog http://www.somaliwarmonitor.wordpress.com

Michael  Scheuer

Michael Scheuer served in the CIA for 22 years before resigning in 2004. He served as the Chief of the bin Laden Unit at the Counterterrorist Center from 1996 to 1999. He is the once anonymous author of Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror; his most recent book is Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq. Dr. Scheuer is a Senior Fellow with The Jamestown Foundation.

Charles Schmitz

Charles Schmitz is a specialist on Yemen and Arab political economy at Towson University, Baltimore, MD.

Rachel Schneller

Rachel Schneller is a diplomat in residence at the Council on Foreign Relations. She joined the State Department in 2001 as a Foreign Service Officer and has served abroad in Macedonia, Guinea, and Iraq. In 2009 she was awarded an International Affairs Fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations for her research on Iraq. She holds a Master’s in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Rachel Schneller is a diplomat in residence at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Foreign. The views expressed in the article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. government or State Department. E-mail: [email protected] 2. Rachel Schneller joined the State Department in 2001 as a Foreign Service Officer and has served abroad in Macedonia, Guinea, and Iraq. In 2009 she was awarded an International Affairs Fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations for her research on Iraq. She holds a Master’s in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). The views expressed in her articles are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. government or State Department.

Stephen Schwartz

Stephen Schwartz is a frequent commentator on terrorism and related issues in national periodicals and websites. He is also the author of nine books on political history, the most recent being The Two Faces of Islam: The House of Sa'ud from Tradition to Terror (Doubleday Anchor paperback).

Andrew Scobell

Dr. Andrew Scobell is Associate Professor of International Affairs at the George H. W. Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. He was previously Associate Professor in the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Dickinson College both located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He is the author of China’s Use of Military Force: Beyond the Great Wall and the Long March (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and other publications. The views expressed here are the author’s own. They do not reflect the policies or positions of the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, or U.S. Army.

Wali Shaaker

Born in Kabul-Afghanistan, Wali Shaaker is an adjunct policy analyst with RAND Corporation. He has served as an Associate Professor at Defense Language Institute, as a Senior Research Analyst at the Program for Culture and Conflict Studies (PCCS)—Naval Postgraduate School, and as the president of the Society of Afghan Professionals in California. His research interests include US foreign policy in South Asia, state formation and legitimacy, and the role of culture in politics. Shaaker has served as a political consultant for the US Special Forces and the Canadian forces deployed to Afghanistan. He is also a commentator on the Voice of America’s radio and television programs in Washington DC. Wali Shaaker is the author of Democracy’s Dilemma: The Challenges to State Legitimacy in Afghanistan (2008)

Tayyab Ali Shah

Tayyab Ali Shah is a free lance political and policy analyst. He is a Pashtun from Pakistan and has Masters degrees in Political Science, Business Administration and Public Policy. He has extensive experience in community development, policy advocacy and political education with both Pakistani and Afghan Pashtuns. Tayyab moderates the Pakhtunkhwa Peace Forum and has written for Pakistan’s Frontier Post and Daily Times.

Adrian Shahbaz

Adrian Shahbaz is a freelance Middle East analyst and contributing writer at Fair Observer, an international affairs website.

Mohammad Shehzad

Mohammad Shehzad is an independent researcher in Pakistan with years of experience reporting on jihadi groups.

Murad Batal al- Shishani

Murad Batal al-Shishani is an Islamic groups and terrorism issues analyst based in London. He is a specialist on Islamic Movements in the Middle East and in the North Caucasus. He is a regular contributor to several publications in both Arabic and English. He is also author of the book “The Islamic Movement in Chechnya and the Chechen-Russian Conflict 1990-2000”, Amman, 2001 (in Arabic), "Iraqi Resistance: National Liberation vs. Terrorism: A Quantitative Study," November 2005 Iraqi Studies Series, Issue 5, Gulf Research Center-Dubai, and “Al-Qaeda: Geopolitical, Strategic Outlook and Social Composition, 2012, ECSSR-Abu Dhabi”.

Sharif Shuja

Sharif Shuja is Research Associate in the Global Terrorism Research Unit at Monash University in Australia.

Abubakar Siddique

Abubakar Siddique is a journalist with RFE/RL and the author of The Pashtun Question: The Unresolved Key to the Future of Pakistan and Afghanistan (London: Hurst and Company, 2014).

Pascale Combelles Siegel

Pascale Combelles Siegel is a Virginia-based independent defense consultant specializing in perception management.

Julie Sirrs

Julie Sirrs was the editor of the Terrorism Monitor. Prior to that, she was an analyst focusing on Central and South Asia for the Defense Intelligence Agency.

John Solomon

John Solomon is Head of Terrorism Research for World-Check, a provider of structured risk-related intelligence. He was formerly with the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Ebi Spahiu

Ebi Spahiu is an independent analyst of Central Asian and Western Balkan Affairs, focusing on gender and religious extremism, and she is currently based in Albania. She has worked as a consultant for UN agencies based in Kyrgyzstan and other regional civil society organizations. She is originally from Albania, but has studied and worked in China, the United States and Kyrgyzstan.

Trevor Stanley

Trevor Stanley researches Islamic terrorism. He is the Editor of Perspectives on World History and Current Events <http://www.pwhce.org/>

Jules Stewart

Jules Stewart is an author and freelance journalist based in London. During the 20 years he worked in Spain, he had frequent contact with ETA militants and supporters and wrote widely on the guerrilla organisation. Stewart is the author of four books on the British Empire in India, with a focus on North-West Frontier history.

Robert Stiles

Robert Stiles earned his Master of Arts in History in 2007. He graduated from Angelo State University with a Master of Security Studies.

Ian Storey

Ian Storey is Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore and the author of Southeast Asia and the Rise of China: The Search for Security (Routledge, May 2011)

Thomas Strouse

Thomas Strouse is a Director at Foreign Reports Inc., an oil consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. At Foreign Reports, he contributes to the firm’s daily intelligence reports on political developments relevant to oil markets, with a particular emphasis on the Middle East. He has studied Arabic in Egypt and Syria and is expected to graduate with his Masters degree in Middle East Studies from George Washington University in May 2010.

Sadia Sulaiman

Sadia Sulaiman is a research analyst in World-Check's Terrorism and Insurgency Research Unit where she specializes on sub-state groups active in South and Central Asia. A native of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas in Pakistan, she previously worked as a Research Fellow on strategic issues for the Institute of Strategic Studies of the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan, and is a Ph.D. candidate at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.

Christopher Swift

Mr. Swift is a doctoral candidate in the Center of International Studies at the University of Cambridge. His current research interests include the evolution of asymmetric warfare and the relationships between subnational and transnational Islamic insurgencies. Mr. Swift was formerly an analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and subsequently served as an aide to former U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski. A frequent writer on human rights, foreign policy and defense issues, Mr. Swift has appeared as a commentator for broadcast media throughout the United States, Europe and former Soviet Union.

Leonid Sykiyanen

Dr. Sykiyanen is a professor at the Institute of State and Law at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.

Michael Taarnby

Michael Taarnby is a research fellow at the Danish Institute for International Studies with a specialization in political and militant Islamism.

Muhammad Tahir

Muhammad Tahir is currently a Washington Correspondent at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), while in DC, Muhammad mainly covers events relevant to his target region of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia. Prior to this position, he served as a staff correspondent and editor at the Turkmen Service of RFE/RL. From 1999-2002 Muhammad worked as a chief correspondent in Pakistan and Afghanistan at Turkish Television News Agency (IHA) and is author of Illegal Dating; A Journey Into The Private Life Of Iran.

Farhat Taj

Farhat Taj is a Ph.D. Research Fellow, University of Oslo and a newspaper columnist in Pakistan. She is the director of the documentary film “Waziristan- a culture under attack,” and is writing a book, Taliban and Anti-Taliban. She is from the northwestern region of Pakistan, close to the Afghan border.

Tiina Tarvainen

Tiina Tarvainen is a researcher at the Research Group for Conflicts and Terrorism at the University of Turku, Finland.

Camille Tawil

Camille Tawil is an investigative journalist for al-Hayat newspaper in London where he has worked for the past seventeen years. Mr. Tawil joined al-Hayat newspaper in 1991 where he covers the Middle East and focuses on writing about the activities of militant Islamic groups. He holds a BA in Journalism from the Lebanese University in Beirut, and an MA in Area Studies (Near and Middle East) from the University of London’s School of Oriental and Africa Studies (SOAS). He has written two books in Arabic. His first book in Arabic was dedicated to Algerian militant groups: The Armed Islamic Movement in Algeria - from the FIS to the GIA. He is also the author of Brothers In Arms: The Story of Al-Qa'ida and the Arab Jihadists.

Donald Temple

Donald Temple is a research assistant at the RAND Corporation specializing in national security.

Igor Torbakov

Igor Torbakov is a freelance journalist and researcher who specializes in CIS political affairs. He holds an MA in History from Moscow State University and a PhD from the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. He was Research Scholar at the Institute of Russian History, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, 1988-1997; a Visiting Scholar at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC, 1995, and a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University, New York, 2000. He is now based in Istanbul, Turkey.

Igor Torbakov

Igor Torbakov is a Senior Researcher at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs in Helsinki. A trained historian, he specializes in Russian and Eurasian history and politics. He was a Research Scholar at the Institute of Russian History, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow; a Visiting Scholar at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC; a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University, New York; a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University; and a Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in Uppsala, Sweden. He holds an MA in History from Moscow State University and a PhD from the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences.

Stefano Maria Torelli

Stefano Maria Torelli, Ph.D., is a Research Fellow at the Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) and a member of the Italian Centre for the Study of Political Islam (CISIP). His research topics include Middle Eastern studies, Political Islam and International Relations. He has obtained his Ph.D. in the History of International Relations at the University of Rome “La Sapienza.” He is currently Teaching Assistant in History and Institutions of the Islamic Countries at the University of Milan and editor-in-chief of the Italian Review for Studies on Political Islam, published by the Italian Center for the Study of Political Islam (CISIP). Torelli has appeared on Italian and international information networks and research institutes as an expert of Islamic and Middle Eastern questions and is a columnist for the magazine of the Italian main newspaper Il Corriere della Sera, Sette. He has published articles and essays on international academic reviews, such as Middle East Policy and Insight Turkey and is co-editor of the book The Arab Spring: Causes and Effects of the Revolts that are Changing Middle East (Vita e Pensiero, Milano, 2012) He is also the author of several book chapters focusing on political Islam and Middle Eastern politics and history.

Jacob Townsend

Jacob Townsend has been a consultant to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Central Asia, Afghanistan and the Asia-Pacific. He is currently based in Kabul.

Paul Tumelty

Paul Tumelty is a researcher specializing in the Russian North Caucasus, the Caucasus and Central Asia. He holds an MPhil in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Glasgow and a BA War Studies, King's College, London.

John Ty Grubbs

John Ty Grubbs served as a Human Terrain Analyst in Khost and Paktia in 2011. He previously worked for the Joint IED Defeat Organization and the Multi-National Force - Iraq Strategic Communications Division.

Stephen  Ulph

Senior Fellow 

Stephen Ulph is a Senior Fellow with The Jamestown Foundation. One of the preeminent analysts of the Islamic world, Mr. Ulph specializes in the economic and political developments of the Middle East and North Africa. He is the founder and former editor of the Terrorism Security Monitor and former editor and analyst of Islamic Affairs for Jane's Information Group.

Emrullah Uslu

Emrullah Uslu is a Turkish terrorism expert and currently a PhD candidate at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Utah. He worked as a policy analyst for the Turkish National Police's counter-terrorism headquarters for more than six years. Mr. Uslu has taught courses on terrorism and political violence. His recent articles, "Turkey's Kurdish Problem: Steps Toward a Solution" was published in the February 2007 issue of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism; "From Local Hizbullah to Global Terror: The Transformation of Militant Islam in Turkey" was published in the spring 2007 issue of Middle East Policy; and "Ulusalcilik: The Neo-nationalist Resurgence in Turkey" was published in the spring 2008 issue of Turkish Studies. Mr. Uslu regularly contributes to the Istanbul-based English daily Today's Zaman and Turkish daily Taraf.

Daan Van Der Schriek

Daan van der Schriek is a freelance journalist based in Kabul, Afghanistan. He has covered Central Asia and the Caucasus for several years. He holds an MASc in Central Asian Politics from SOAS in London and an MA in Russian and Russian Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Wladimir van Wilgenburg is a political analyst specializing in issues concerning Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey with a particular focus on Kurdish politics. In 2011 van Wilgenburg received an MA from the University of Utrecht’s Conflict Studies and Human Rights program. There he completed his MA dissertation on the Iraqi city of Kirkuk’s Arab political spectrum. Much of his work was based on first-hand research and interviews conducted by van Wilgenburg on the ground in Iraq. He is currently enrolled in the University of Exeter’s MA Kurdish Studies program. Van Wilgenburg is a contributor to the Jamestown Foundation’s book Volatile Landscape: Iraq and Its Insurgent Movements. He has also written extensively for Jamestown’s well-regarded Terrorism Monitor and Militant Leadership Monitor publications. In addition to Jamestown, he currently writes for Rudaw, an online Kurdish newspaper based in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan that publishes in English, and Kurdish. Van Wilgenburg provides commentary and advice to a variety of media outlets such as the SETimes.com, and a various number of NGOs and think tanks.

Alexei Vassiliev

Dr. Alexei Vassiliev is Director of the Institute of African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences.

William van der Veen

William van der Veen is a strategic communications professional with experience across a range of industries. He has previously worked with United Nations Women and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime's Counter-Piracy Programme in Nairobi, Kenya. He obtained his MA from the American University in Cairo and his BA from Colby College. He currently resides in Arlington, VA.

Lorenzo Vidino

Lorenzo Vidino is an analyst at the Investigative Project on Terrorism and the Jebsen Center at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is the author of the book, "Al-Qaeda in Europe: The New Battleground of International Jihad" (Prometheus Books).

Reidar Visser

Reidar Visser is a research fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and editor of the Iraq website http://www.historiae.org. His books include "Basra, The Failed Gulf State: Separatism and Nationalism in Southern Iraq" (2005) and, edited with Gareth Stansfield, "An Iraq of its Regions: Cornerstones of a Federal Democracy?" (2007).

Jason Warner

Eric Watkins

Eric Watkins, who writes on oil, shipping and terrorism, is the first Western person ever allowed to reside in Yemen as a foreign correspondent. Altogether, he lived some 20 years in the Red Sea region, including Saudi Arabia (1981-88), Yemen (1989-94) and Cyprus (2000-04). On the recommendation of the desert explorer Wilfred Thesiger, Watkins was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1989 for his contributions to knowledge of the Arabian Peninsula. Watkins holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California at San Diego, and is writing a book documenting the impact of trade on Yemeni history.

Carl Anthony Wege

Carl Anthony Wege is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Coastal Georgia Community College in Brunswick, Georgia. He has published articles on the Abu Nidal Organization, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party, Hezbollah and Syrian and Iranian Intelligence Organizations. He also teaches a terrorism course for Armstrong Atlantic State University.

Bestman Wellington

Bestman Wellington is a Nigerian journalist, a small arms researcher and an analyst based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, in the Niger Delta.

Robert Wesley

Robert Wesley is a terrorism analyst specializing in emerging trends in Islamist militancy and weapons of mass destruction.

Sunguta West

Sunguta West is an independent journalist based in Nairobi.

Brian Glyn Williams

Dr. Brian Glyn Williams is Associate Professor of Islamic History at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. His interactive web page can be found at: www.brianglynwilliams.com.

Joel Wing

Joel Wing is an Iraq analyst based in Oakland, California who runs the blog Musings on Iraq: http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/

Michael Young

Michael Young is opinion editor at the Daily Star newspaper in Lebanon, and a contributing editor at Reason magazine in the U.S. He is a regular contributor to Reason, Slate, and has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, and other publications in Lebanon, the U.S. and Europe.

Cathy Young

Cathy Young is a research assistant at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.

Rahimullah Yusufzai

Rahimullah Yusufzai is Resident Editor of The News International, a daily newspaper in Peshawar.

Farhan Zahid

Farhan Zahid has done his Ph.D. in Counter Terrorism (Topic: Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist violent Non-State Actors in Pakistan and their relationship with Islamist Parties) from Vrije University Brussels, Belgium. He writes on counter-terrorism, al-Qaeda, Pakistani al-Qaeda-linked groups, Islamist violent non-state actors in Pakistan, militant landscapes in Pakistan and the Afghan Taliban.

Chris Zambelis

Chris Zambelis is a Senior Analyst specializing in Middle East affairs for Helios Global, Inc., a risk management group based in the Washington, D.C. area. He is also the director of World Trends Watch, Helios Global’s geopolitical practice area. The opinions expressed here are the author’s alone and do not necessarily reflect the position of Helios Global, Inc.

Catherine Zara Raymond

Catherine Zara Raymond is an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies (IDSS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Aaron Y. Zelin

Analyst

Jacob Zenn

Jacob Zenn is an analyst of African and Eurasian Affairs for The Jamestown Foundation and consultant on countering violent extremism, international law of freedom of association, socio-cultural analysis for geospatial visualization. He is a non-resident research fellow of the Center for Shanghai Cooperation Organization Studies in Shanghai, China and a specialist in the international law and best practices related to the freedom of association. Mr. Zenn has written on international law and security for Terrorism Monitor, Militant Leadership Monitor, and Eurasia Daily Monitor; Jane’s Intelligence Review-China Watch; Johns Hopkins SAIS Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst; and the International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law. He has been cited by BBC, Washington Post, al-Jazeera, CNN, Voice of America, Deutsche Welle, South China Morning Post, and Toronto Star. In February 2013, he testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats, on "Islamist Militant Threats to Eurasia." Mr. Zenn graduated as a Global Law Scholar from Georgetown Law in 2011 and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Nanjing Center for Chinese-American Studies in Nanjing, China in 2007.

Sherifa Zuhur

Dr. Sherifa Zuhur is Research Professor of Islamic and Regional Studies at the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College. She is also the Director of the Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic, and Diasporic Studies. The views expressed here are the author's and do not necessarily reflect the official policy of the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.