Counterterrorism Expert Devorah Margolin Joins The Washington Institute
Washington, D.C. – Devorah Margolin, a leading counterterrorism expert who previously served as director of strategic initiatives and a senior research fellow at the Program on Extremism at The George Washington University, has joined The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. She will be the Blumenstein-Rosenbloom fellow in the Institute's Jeanette and Eli Reinhard Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence.
“We are thrilled to add Devorah’s expertise to our team of counterterrorism and intelligence experts,” said Institute Executive Director Robert Satloff. “She joins the Washington Institute with an impressive background, specializing in terrorist governance, the role of propaganda, and the role of gender in violent extremism.”
Dr. Margolin’s fellowship is named in recognition of the generosity of two families of Washington Institute supporters: Michelle and Howard Rosenbloom, and Carol and Ricky Blumenstein and Penny and Harold Blumenstein.
While at the Program on Extremism, Dr. Margolin served as principal investigator (PI) on a National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology, and Education Center grant, was co-PI on a grant examining best practices for reintegration programming for returning spouses and minors, and was co-PI on a Global Network on Extremism and Technology grant. She was also the project manager for the ISIS Files Digital Repository, a collection of over 15,000 pages of original ISIS materials found in Nineveh Province in Iraq by the New York Times.
Dr. Margolin’s work has appeared in peer review journals and newspapers, including Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence, CTC Sentinel, Journal for Deradicalization, the Washington Post, Lawfare, Newsweek, and Foreign Policy. She has provided commentary to media outlets including the BBC, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Telegraph, Voice of America, CBS News, NBC News, and the New York Times. Dr. Margolin co-edited Jihadist Terror: New Threats, New Responses, which was published with I.B. Tauris (Bloomsbury Press, 2009). In addition, she has previously appeared in an Institute policy forum, The Islamic State in Syria: What's Next? (November 1, 2019) and has published a policy watch Detention Facilities in Syria, Iraq Remain Vulnerable to Islamic State Attacks (September 29, 2022).
Dr. Margolin earned her PhD in international relations and security studies from the Department of War Studies at King's College London.
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