Daniel Byman

Daniel L. Byman is a professor and Senior Associate Dean at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution where he conducts research on terrorism, Iran, and other Middle East security issues.[1] Byman previously served as the Director of the Center for Security Studies and Security Studies Program at Georgetown University and as Research Director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy at the RAND Corporation.[2] He is also the lead course instructor for Georgetown's massive open online course (MOOC) on Terrorism and Counter Terrorism.

Byman was a professional staff member on both the 9/11 commission and the Joint 9/11 Inquiry Staff of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. Early in his career, he served as a political analyst for the U.S. government.[1] He holds a BA from Amherst College and a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

His latest book Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the Global Jihadist Movement: What Everyone Needs to Know was published by Oxford University Press in 2015.[3]


Byman's publications include the books A High Price:The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism, The Five Front War: A Better Way to Fight Global Jihad, Things Fall Apart: Containing the Spillover From an Iraqi Civil War, Keeping the Peace: Lasting Solutions to Ethnic Conflicts, and Deadly Connections: States That Sponsor Terrorism.[4] Dr. Byman has written extensively on a range of topics related to terrorism, international security, civil and ethnic conflict, and the Middle East. He is a frequent contributor to Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and The Washington Post, and his work has appeared in a range of scholarly and policy journals.

Selected bibliography

  • Trends in Outside Support for Insurgent Movements. Rand Corporation. 2001. ISBN 978-0-8330-3052-8.
  • Keeping the Peace: Lasting Solutions to Ethnic Conflicts. JHU Press. 30 January 2002. ISBN 978-0-8018-6804-7.
  • The Dynamics of Coercion: American Foreign Policy and the Limits of Military Might. w/ Matthew Waxman (co-author). Cambridge University Press. 4 February 2002. ISBN 978-0-521-00780-1.CS1 maint: others (link)
  • Deadly Connections: States that Sponsor Terrorism. Cambridge University Press. 27 June 2005. ISBN 978-0-521-83973-0.
  • Things fall apart: containing the spillover from an Iraqi civil war. w/ Kenneth M. Pollack (co-author). Brookings Institution Press. 2007. ISBN 978-0-8157-1379-1.CS1 maint: others (link)
  • A High Price:The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism. Oxford University Press, USA. 18 May 2011. ISBN 978-0-19-983174-6.
  • "The Wobbling Red Line in Syria", op-ed, New York Times. May 4, 2013. "Empty threats weaken America's credibility", regarding President Obama's "red line" comment on Syria's chemical weapons.


  1. "Daniel L. Byman". The Brookings Institution. Archived from the original on 2012-10-14.
  2. "Biographies". Georgetown University.
  3. Byman, Daniel L. (2015). Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the Global Jihadist Movement: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford University Press. ISBN 019021726X. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  4. Bio and Books at Amazon.com.

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