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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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Countering Terrorism and Extremism Program Experts


Recrudescence Project

The Recrudescence Project is a policy-focused initiative being conducted jointly by the Middle East Institute’s (MEI) Countering Terrorism and Extremism Program, the Center for National Security (CNS) at Fordham Law and the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point and launched in order to research the next wave of jihadist terrorism and to devise more effective strategies to prevent or mitigate it.

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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

Joseph Brandifino

Chris Costa

Edmund Fitton-Brown

Danny Glaser

Karen Greenberg

Jane Marriott

John McLaughlin

Nick Rasmussen

Tom Sanderson

Karin Von Hippel


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