John O. Brennan

Distinguished Fellow For Global Security

John O. Brennan comes to the Center on National Security after 33 years of government service. Most recently he served as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017. Before becoming Director, Mr. Brennan served at the White House for four years as Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. 

Mr. Brennan began his service in government at the CIA, where he worked from 1980 to 2005. He spent most of his early career in the Agency’s main analytic arm, the Directorate of Analysis, specializing in the Near East and South Asia before directing counterterrorism analysis in the early 1990s. In 1994 and 1995 he was the Agency’s intelligence briefer to President Bill Clinton. After an assignment as a Chief of Station in the Middle East, Mr. Brennan served from 1999 to 2001 as Chief of Staff to George Tenet, who was the Director of Central Intelligence. Mr. Brennan next worked as Deputy Executive Director of the CIA until 2003, when he began leading a multi-agency effort to establish the National Counterterrorism Center. In 2004, he became the Center’s Interim Director. 

Mr. Brennan graduated from Fordham University in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

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Tricia Bacon

Tricia Bacon is an Assistant Professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs. She is the author of Why Terrorist Organizations Form International Alliances to be published with University of Pennsylvania Press in May 2018. Prior to her employment at American University, Dr. Bacon worked on counterterrorism for over ten years at the Department of State, including in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, the Bureau of Counterterrorism, and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Her work on counterterrorism in the intelligence community received numerous accolades, and she conducted research and analysis on counterterrorism in South Asia, North Africa, East Africa, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Dr. Bacon is a non-resident fellow with George Washington University's Program on Extremism. She is also a senior fellow at Fordham University's Center on National Security. She earned her PhD in International Relations at Georgetown University.  Her research focuses on terrorist and insurgent groups' behavior and decision-making, U.S. counterterrorism policy, and the role of intelligence in national security decision-making. She has published articles on terrorist group alliances, terrorist leadership, terrorist safe havens, and other related topics.

 

 

Peter Bergen

Peter Bergen is a print and television journalist, author, documentary producer and vice president at New America where he directs the International Security and Fellows programs; a professor of practice at Arizona State University; a fellow at Fordham University’s Center on National Security and CNN’s national security analyst. He has held teaching positions at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.  Peter Bergen is the author of United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists.

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Don Borelli

Don Borelli is the Chief Operations Officer at The Soufan Group and a 25-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he held high-profile leadership positions, including Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).  As the Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the New York JTTF, Mr. Borelli also served as the New York International Terrorism Program Manager, where he was responsible for developing strategies to combat the terrorism threat to New York. Mr. Borelli oversaw hundreds of international terrorism investigations, including all extraterritorial investigations in Europe, Canada, and Africa.

 

 

Andrew Dalack

Andrew Dalack is a Legal Fellow at the Center on National Security where he advises and contributes to various projects concerning federal terrorism prosecutions. In 2010, he graduated from the University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science, and the Arts with Distinction and Honors in Near East Studies, and subsequently obtained his Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, from Michigan Law School in 2014. Andrew has written about the constitutionality of extreme pre-trial detention in terrorism cases and has been a public defender at both the trial and appellate levels. He is currently an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Southern District of New York. 

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Joshua L. Dratel

Joshua L. Dratel is a New York-based lawyer. Mr. Dratel has been involved in some of the past three decades' most important cases involving national security, terrorism, international law, and civil liberties. Mr. Dratel is co-editor with Karen J. Greenberg of the prize-winning The Torture Papers: The Legal Road to Abu Ghraib (2005), and The Enemy Combatant Papers: American Justice, the Courts, and the War on Terror (2008). He is a past President of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2005), as well as Co-Chair of the Amicus Curiae Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

 

 
 

Thomas A. Durkin

Thomas A. Durkin is the Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he serves as Co-Founder and Co-Director of its National Security and Civil Rights Program. Mr. Durkin has represented a considerable number of defendants in material support cases throughout the country, including United States v. Mohammed Hamzah Khan, No. 14 CR 564, and United States v. Daoud, 755 F.3d 479 (7th Cir., 2014); and presently has cases pending in the Northern District of Illinois, the Southern District of Indiana, the Northern District of Ohio, the Eastern District of Virginia, and the District of Maryland.  He was also a member of the ACLU’s John Adams Project which provided civilian defense counsel in the first iteration of the 9/11 conspiracy case in the Military Commissions at Guantanamo Bay. Mr. Durkin is a recipient of the 2007 Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award from the Southern Center for Human Rights and the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago’s Bill of Rights in Action Award for his work in preserving the Constitution in the representation of detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

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Barton Gellman

Barton Gellman is author of the bestselling Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency, a senior fellow at The Century Foundation and Lecturer and Author in Residence at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School.In 2013 and 2014, after receiving a cache of classified documents from Edward Snowden, Gellman returned to The Washington Post to write about the National Security Agency disclosures. He had left the paper to in 2010 after tours covering diplomacy, the Middle East, the Pentagon and legal affairs. Gellman led teams that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for the NSA stories and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for a series on Vice President Cheney. He was a member of the team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for coverage of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath. Other professional honors include two George Polk Awards, two Overseas Press Club awards and Harvard's Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.

 

 

Donald Glascoff

Donald Glascoff is a  documentary film maker and retired attorney. He has produced three full-length documentaries, including the 2007 Academy Award winning "Taxi To The Dark Side," on which he was the Executive Producer. The major theme of his work is the preservation of human rights and individual liberties. Prior to his film career, Don was a partner and co-chairman of the oldest Wall Street law firm, Cadwalader. He also served as Chairman of the Park Avenue Bank and on the Boards of Renco Metals and Magnesium Corporation of America. Don is the Founder and was Chairman of Oxford University's Programme in Public Interest Law and Policy. In addition to his film career, Don continues to be an active real estate investor. He served the United States Government as a Captain in the Army and Deputy General Council of The Department of Housing and Urban Development. He is a graduate of Yale College and Cornell Law School.

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Jonathan Hafetz

Jonathan Hafetz is a senior staff attorney with the ACLU Center for Democracy and a professor of law at Seton Hall University School of Law. Mr. Hafetz works on issues involving detention, torture, surveillance, racial and religious discrimination, and the intersection of immigration and national security law. He previously worked as a senior staff attorney in the ACLU’s National Security Project, a litigation director at NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice, and a John J. Gibbons fellow in Public Interest and Constitutional Law at Gibbons PC. He has written books on habeas corpus and on international criminal law and authored numerous articles for academic journals and popular publications. Mr. Hafetz served previously as the chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law. He is a graduate of Amherst College, Oxford University, and Yale Law School.

 

 

Jennifer Indig

Jennifer Indig is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center on National Security, where she manages projects dealing with topics such as proxy violence, domestic terrorism, and cyber security. She joins the Center with years of experience in counterterrorism, intelligence analysis, and investigations. Jennifer has served as Managing Director of Business Intelligence and Analysis at T&M Protection Resources; as Team Leader and Senior Analyst with the New York City Police Department’s Intelligence Bureau; as Director of Fellowships and Special Programs at the Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law; and as Deputy Communications Director and Senior Program Associate at New America in Washington, DC.  Jennifer recently completed her Term Membership with the Council on Foreign Relations.  She received her Masters Degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and B.A. from Colgate University.

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Assaf Moghadam


Assaf Moghadam is Associate Professor and Director of the MA Program in Government at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel, and Director of Academic Affairs at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT). On leave from the IDC until the fall of 2019, he is currently a fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, a Senior Fellow at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law, and a research affiliate at the Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science at Columbia University and an online instructor at the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies at UMass Lowell.   He is the author of, Nexus of Global Jihad: Understanding Cooperation among Terrorist Groups (Columbia University Press, 2017), The Globalization of Martyrdom: Al Qaeda, Salafi Jihad, and the Diffusion of Suicide Attacks (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008) and The Roots of Terrorism (Chelsea House, 2006). He holds a Ph.D. in international relations and an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a B.A. in political science from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

 
 

Michel Paradis

Michel Paradis currently serves as a senior attorney in the U.S. Department of Defense, Military Commissions Defense Organization. In that role, he is regularly appointed to represent detainees held at the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He has argued numerous cases before the nation’s highest courts and written scholarly publications on the subjects of international humanitarian law, terrorism, and legal theory. He received his bachelor and law degrees from Fordham and his doctorate from Oxford. He teaches courses on the law of war at Georgetown and Columbia Law Schools. He is the author of a forthcoming book on war crimes trials in the Pacific during World War II, due out from Simon & Schuster in 2018.

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Robert Windrem

Robert Windrem is an investigative producer and journalist for NBC News. He has worked as a producer for NBC in varying capacities for three decades. His work has focused on issues of international security, strategic policy, intelligence and terrorism. Mr. Windrem is the winner of more than 40 national journalism awards for his work in print, television, and online journalism, including a Columbia-duPont Award; mostly for his work on international security issues.