Daniel Byman is a senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings, where his research focuses on counterterrorism and Middle East security. He previously served as the research director of the center. He is also senior associate dean for undergraduate affairs at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and a professor in its Security Studies Program. Previously, Byman served as a staff member with 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. Prior to that, Byman was a policy analyst and the director for research in the Center for Middle East Public Policy at the RAND Corporation and worked for the U.S. government. His most recent book is “Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the Global Jihadist Movement: What Everyone Needs to Know” (Oxford University Press, 2015). He is the author of several other books on counterterrorism, state sponsorship of terrorism, and conflict and terrorism in the Middle East.

Georgetown University, professor
Institute for Counterterrorism, Israel, Working Paper Series
International Institute for Counterterrorism, Herzliyya, Israel
International Security, editorial board
Lawfare, foreign policy editor
Political Science Quarterly, editorial board
The RAND Corporation, adjunct scholar
Security Studies, editorial board
Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, editorial board
Terrorism and Political Violence, editorial board
The Washington Quarterly, editorial board

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Current Positions
Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Professor, Security Studies Program, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Past Positions
Research Director, Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution
Director, Center for Peace and Security Studies and the Security Studies Program, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Staff Member, 9/11 Commission
Professional Staff Member, Joint 9/11 Inquiry, U.S. House and Senate Intelligence Committees (2001-2002)
Policy Analyst and Director for Research, Center for Middle East Public Policy, The RAND Corporation (1997-2002)
Political Analyst, U.S. Government (1990-1993)
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997
B.A., Amherst College, 1989