Dr. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is an Associate Fellow at ICCT – The Hague, and the founder and chief executive officer of Valens Global. Before founding Valens, Gartenstein-Ross had established himself as a leading subject matter expert on violent non-state actors and terrorism, with the International Herald Tribune describing him as a “rising star in the counterterrorism community.” He is also a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
Gartenstein-Ross is known as both a practitioner and a scholar. As a practitioner, some of Gartenstein-Ross’s recent projects have included serving as an EU-appointed Strategic Communication Expert working to counter Boko Haram’s messaging in Nigeria; working on live hostage negotiations as an advisor to the lead negotiation team on the militant group that was holding captives; mapping the online counter-ISIS narrative space for Google as it designed a pilot project to divert users who may be susceptible to the group’s propaganda; and leading strategic simulations for both U.S. government and academic clients exploring the competition between VNSAs and state actors.
The author and volume editor of twenty-two books and monographs, Gartenstein-Ross is currently working on a new book, for which he was awarded a grant from the Smith Richardson Foundation, that explores the evolution of jihadist external operations against Western countries. Gartenstein-Ross has testified on his areas of core competency before the U.S. House and the Senate a dozen times, as well as before the Canadian House of Commons. He has also served as an expert witness in nine federal court cases, including civil and criminal actions. He is frequently a featured speaker throughout the globe, including delivering keynote speeches at the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Commander’s Conference, the University of Southern California’s National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) and the Global Futures Forum.
Gartenstein-Ross previously served as an adjunct assistant professor in Georgetown University’s security studies program (2013-2017) and as a fellow with Google’s think tanks Jigsaw. He holds a Ph.D. in world politics from the Catholic University of America and a J.D. from the New York University School of Law.
Key Publications include:
Barr, N., Gartenstein-Ross, D. and B. Moreng. “The Islamic State’s Global Propaganda Strategy“, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 7, no. 1 (2016)
Barr, N. and D. Gartenstein-Ross. “Dignity and Dawn: Libya’s Escalating Civil War”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 6, no. 1 (2015).
Gartenstein-Ross, D., Moreng, B. and K. Soucy. “Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia’s Shift to Jihad”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 5, no. 3 (2014).
Gartenstein-Ross, D. “Terrorism in North-Africa After Benghazi: The Jihadist Regional Outlook”, Perspectives, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 4 (2013).
Gartenstein-Ross, D. “Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia’s Long Game: Dawa, Hisba and Jihad”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 4, no. 5 (2013).
Gartenstein-Ross, D. “Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia’s International Connections”, Perspectives, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 4 (2013).
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