Brian Fishman

Counterterrorism Research Fellow, International Security Program

Brian Fishman is a counterterrorism research fellow at New America, a Fellow with the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point, and Philanthropic Engineer with Palantir Technologies. He previously served as the CTC’s Director of Research and was a professor in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point. Fishman is the author of a number of studies on terrorism and al-Qaeda, including seminal investigations of al-Qaeda's foreign fighters in Iraq and Iranian support for Shia militias fighting U.S. troops in Iraq. Fault Lines in Global Jihad: Organizational, Strategic, and Ideological Fissures, a volume he co-edited with Assaf Moghadam, was named one of the top books for understanding terrorist recruitment in Perspectives on Terrorism. He is also the author of The Master Plan: ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Jihadi Strategy for Final Victory.

Fishman is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was a founding editor of the CTC Sentinel. He has taught as an adjunct professor in Georgetown's School of Foreign Service and Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. Before joining the CTC, Fishman was the Foreign Affairs/Defense Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey.

Fishman holds a Masters in International Affairs (MIA) from Columbia University and a B.A. from the University of California Los Angeles.

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The Master Plan

A new book by Brian Fishman takes on the Islamic State's full history – and the contradictions that may ultimately tear it apart.


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The Master Plan: ISIS' Strategy for Final Victory

Counterterrorism expert Brian Fishman tells the story of ISIS' complex and largely hidden past


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The Master Plan

Brian Fishman traces ISIS' history drawing on never before seen declassified documents.


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Why Airstrikes Won't Destroy the Islamic State

Last spring, America's unofficial war against the Islamic State seemed to be in crisis.


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Rep. Seth Moulton: U.S. should curb use of contractors in place of military

Brian Fishman of New America Foundation said the number of contractors shouldn’t be overlooked in the full picture of a U.S. military commit


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U.S. Investigation Into Russian Airliner Crash Raises Possible ISIS Link

Counterterrorism Research Fellow Brian Fishman discussed the threat of ISIS on Delaware Public radio.


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THE FIRST DEFECTOR: ABU SULAYMAN AL-UTAYBI, THE ISLAMIC STATE, AND AL-QA`IDA

Tensions between the Islamic State and al-Qa`ida have been in the headlines since the Islamic State’s feud with its one-time Syrian affiliat


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American Leadership Against ISIL Starts in Congress

It is hard to know whether the United States is serious about defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Forward air control


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NYC Joins Terror & Extremism Fighting Network

Brian Fishman appeared on Huffington Post Live to discuss NYC Mayor de Blasio announcement that the city will join an international terror-b


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ISIL’s Most Important Anniversary is Coming Up and It’s Not What You Think

ISIL’s vaunted media team did not release a glossy documentary about the anniversary. There was no statement from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (who,


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Jihadist Attacks on Egypt Grow Fiercer

Brian Fishman, a researcher at the New America Foundation in Washington who previously taught counterinsurgency strategy at West Point, said


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Terrorist Attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait Kill Dozens

It is an extraordinary coincidence that “all three attacks happened at the same day and time,” said Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism resear