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About the Director

Charles Lister

Lister is the author of “The Syrian Jihad: Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State and the Evolution of an Insurgency” (Oxford University Press, 2016). His research focuses on terrorism and insurgency across the Levant. As a senior consultant to the Syria Track II Dialogue Initiative, he managed nearly three years of intensive face-to-face engagement with the leaderships of over 100 Syrian armed opposition groups.

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Advisory Council

The Countering Terrorism & Extremism Program’s Advisory Council is a body of venerable individuals committed to supporting the program’s mission to generate a more locally-rooted understanding of the threats and challenges of today and tomorrow - grasping where they come from and why they come about, and most importantly, how to more effectively and sustainably defeat them.

Saud al-Sarhan

Tricia Bacon

Richard Barrett

Barbara Bodine

Chris Costa

Edmund Fitton-Brown

Joshua Geltzer

Danny Glaser

Karen Greenberg

Jane Marriott

John McLaughlin

Nick Rasmussen

Tom Sanderson

Karin Von Hippel


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