CSS Conversation: October 7th Hamas terrorist attacks on Israel and the ongoing Israeli response
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CSS Conversation: Professors Daniel Byman and Jennifer Jefferis present their views on the latest developments regarding the October 7th Hamas terrorist attacks on Israel and the ongoing Israeli response.
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About the Speakers
Daniel Byman is a professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and the director of the Security Studies Program there. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Transnational Threats Project at CSIS. He is the Foreign Policy Editor for Lawfare and a part-time Senior Advisor to the Department of State as part of the International Security Advisory Board. In addition to serving as the Vice Dean for the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown, he was a senior fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, a Professional Staff Member with both the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks on the United States (“The 9-11 Commission”) and the Joint 9/11 Inquiry Staff of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, the Research Director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy at the RAND Corporation, and as an analyst of the Middle East for the U.S. intelligence community.
Dr. Byman is a leading researcher and has written widely on a range of topics related to terrorism, insurgency, intelligence, social media, artificial intelligence, and the Middle East. He is the author of nine books, and his most recent is Spreading Hate: The White Power Movement Goes Global (Oxford, 2022). He is the author or co-author of almost 200 academic and policy articles, monographs, and book chapters as well as numerous opinion pieces in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and other leading journals. Follow @dbyman. More on Daniel Byman here.
Jennifer Jefferis is a Teaching Professor and the Director of Curriculum at the Security Studies Program, in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown. She has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston University. Her academic research focuses on religion and political violence, and she is the author of three books on this topic: Hamas: Terrorism, Governance, and its Future in the Region(Praeger 2016) Religion and Political Violence: Sacred Protest in the Modern World(Routledge 2009) and Armed for Life: Anti-Abortion Politics in the United States(Praeger 2011), as well as several articles on religion and violence.
Prior to coming to Georgetown, Jennifer was a professor at the Near East and South Asia Center for Strategic Studies where she developed security related programs for government and civilian leaders in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, the Palestinian Territories, and Israel, among other places. She was an associate professor of Security Studies at the National Defense College of the United Arab Emirates, and she served as the Associate Dean of Academics at the College of International Security Affairs in Washington D.C.