Zack Gold is a Non-resident Fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, where he focuses on Egyptian political and security developments and US policy in the region. His work on Sinai security and Egyptian-Israeli relations has been published and quoted widely, including the 2015 Strategic Assessment article, “Sinai Militancy and the Threat to International Forces”; the 2014 ICCT Research Paper, “Security in the Sinai: Present and Future”; and the 2013 Brookings’s Saban Center Analysis Paper, “Sinai Security: Opportunities for Unlikely Cooperation Among Egypt, Israel, and Hamas”. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, he was a visiting fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv and was a researcher at The Brookings Institution’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy. Gold earned his M.A. in law and diplomacy from The Fletcher School, Tufts University; and his B.A. in political science and communication from the University of Delaware. He twice received the Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic in Oman and Egypt, and also studied Arabic at The American University in Cairo.
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The casualties caused by armed violence in Mali have increased fourfold between 2016 and 2019, with young people being among the most affected by the situation. Although many initiatives have been launched to prevent and counter violent extremism in Mali, there remains a gap in understanding the interplay of factors that lead persons—especially young people—to support […]
The latest publication in the Strategic Communication project, this paper details the role of citizen journalists reporting on Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. With primary source research and interviews with media, the author examines the challenges reporters in these areas face. This report is part of a wider project, led by the International Centre […]
This report offers a concise, comprehensive, and critical overview of the empirical findings available on the background and possible motivations of the young Western men and women who became jihadist foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq. The findings were gathered from thirty-four reports and academic articles published between 2014 and 2019. The analysis addresses the […]