I am an assistant professor in the School of International Service at American University and an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. My research focuses on terrorism and counterterrorism, political and military affairs in South Asia, and security cooperation. I have conducted field research on conflicts and terrorism in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Pakistan, and the Balkans. I have also lived and worked in Egypt and studied Arabic in Syria.
I am the author of two books. My first book, entitled Storming the World Stage: The Story of Lashkar-e-Taiba, came out in 2011. Columbia University Press will publish my second one, provisionally titled With Us AND Against Us: America’s Partners in the War on Terror, in 2018. I’ve also published numerous journal articles, policy reports, and op-eds. I’m currently developing a new project exploring how the United States should adopt its alliances and partnerships to meet the security challenges of the 21st Century.
In addition to my scholarship, I am on the editorial boards of Terrorism and Political Violence and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, a senior editor of the web magazine War on the Rocks, an associate editor of the Texas National Security Review, and a frequent media commentator. I previously served as a Senior Advisor for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs at the Department of Defense and continue to advise policymakers on issues related to terrorism and counterterrorism, South Asia, and security cooperation with allies and partners.
I’ve been awarded a fellowship or research grant by the Smith Richardson Foundation, the National Defense University, and Woodrow Wilson Center among others. I received my PhD in War Studies from King’s College London, my MSc from the London School of Economics, and my BS from Cornell University.