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Kim Cragin

Senior Research Fellow, Counterterrorism National Defense University


Dr Kim Cragin is the senior research fellow for counter-terrorism at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the US National Defense University (NDU). She has conducted research on terrorism for the past 20 years. Prior to joining NDU, she was a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and the University of Maryland. She served as senior staff to the 9/11 FBI Review Commission, an adviser to the Multi-National Force—Iraq in 2008 and research staff to the Gilmore Commission.

Her mixed-methods research focuses on foreign fighters, radicalisation and recruitment, terrorists’ use of new technologies, arms trafficking, and counter-terrorism strategies. She has conducted field research in Yemen, Pakistan, Egypt, Lebanon, Algeria, Tunisia, northwest China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and the West Bank and Gaza Strip, among others.