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Guest David Reaboi

David Reaboi serves as the Vice President of the Security Studies Group. He has spent the last decade as consultant in national security and political warfare. He works at the intersection of communications and policy, specializing in Sunni Islamist movements. He received a BA from George Washington University in International Affairs, with a concentration in…
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Guests Benjamin Baird and Ofra Bengio

Benjamin Baird is a writer for Islamist Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum. He is a graduate of Middle Eastern studies from the American Military University, a member of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, and a US Army infantry veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. @BenjiBaird // https://twitter.com/benjibaird Professor…
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Guests Aaron Balshan and Kyle Shideler

Aaron Balshan currently operates the Partisan Digest. He has worked in Open Source Intelligence Analysis (OSINT) for almost a decade. He is a Staff Sergeant in the Israeli Defense Forces and former Associate Director of Intelligence at an Israeli-based private security firm. Aaron most recently worked as a researcher at Harvard University's Kennedy School, where…
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Guests Samantha Mandeles & Winfield Myers

Samantha Mandeles serves as the Middle East Forum’s Islamist Watch coordinator. She joined MEF after coordinating anti-BDS faculty efforts for Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and managing distribution for Americans for Peace and Tolerance's documentary film Hate Spaces. After earning her M.A. in Israel, she served as senior campus coordinator and editor-in-chief for…
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Guest Daniel Pipes

Daniel Pipes has led the Forum since 1994. He served in five U.S. administrations, received two presidential appointments, and testified before many congressional committees. He is the author of sixteen books on the Middle East, Islam, and other topics. Mr. Pipes writes a column for the Washington Times and his work has been translated into 37 languages. DanielPipes.org contains…
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Guest Dr. Gal Luft

Dr. Gal Luft is co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS), a Washington-based think tank focused on energy security, and senior adviser to the United States Energy Security Council. He is also co-chairman of the Global Forum on Energy Security. He specializes in energy issues, including natural resources and economic warfare. Dr.…
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Guests Sam Westrop, Middle East Forum’s Islamist Watch Director, and Winfield Myers, Director, Campus Watch (Project of the Middle East Forum)

Sam Westrop has headed Islamist Watch since March 2017, when MEF absorbed the counter-extremism unit of Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT). Prior to this he was research director at APT, where he excelled at tracking Islamist activity across New England, and ran Stand for Peace, a London-based counter-extremism organization monitoring Islamists throughout the UK.…
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Guests Jonathan Cole and Raymond Ibrahim

Dr Jonathan Cole is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Public and Contextual Theology, Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australia. He has an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the Australian National University and previously worked as a Senior Terrorism Analyst at the Office of National Assessments and as an Assistant Director at The Australian…
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Guests Sariel Birnbaum and Cliff Smith

Dr. Birnbaum is a Brenda Danet post-doc at the Smart Institute of Communication at Hebrew University, and is now entering his third year as a visiting Israeli professor at SUNY Binghamton. He was also a research fellow at the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at Hebrew University and has participated in…
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