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Daniel L. Byman is a professor and Senior Associate Dean at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution where he conducts research on terrorism, Iran, and other Middle East security issues.[1] Byman previously served as the Director of the Center for Security Studies and Security Studies Program at Georgetown University and as Research Director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy at the RAND Corporation.[2] He is also the lead course instructor for Georgetown's massive open online course (MOOC) on Terrorism and Counter Terrorism.

Byman was a professional staff member on both the 9/11 commission and the Joint 9/11 Inquiry Staff of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. Early in his career, he served as a political analyst for the U.S. government.[1] He holds a BA from Amherst College and a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

His latest book Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the Global Jihadist Movement: What Everyone Needs to Know was published by Oxford University Press in 2015.[3]


Byman's publications include the books A High Price:The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism, The Five Front War: A Better Way to Fight Global Jihad, Things Fall Apart: Containing the Spillover From an Iraqi Civil War, Keeping the Peace: Lasting Solutions to Ethnic Conflicts, and Deadly Connections: States That Sponsor Terrorism.[4] Dr. Byman has written extensively on a range of topics related to terrorism, international security, civil and ethnic conflict, and the Middle East. He is a frequent contributor to Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and The Washington Post, and his work has appeared in a range of scholarly and policy journals.

Selected bibliographyEdit


  1. ^ a b "Daniel L. Byman". The Brookings Institution. Archived from the original on 2012-10-14. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Biographies". Georgetown University.
  3. ^ Byman, Daniel L. (2015). Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the Global Jihadist Movement: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford University Press. ISBN 019021726X. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  4. ^ Bio and Books at