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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Jeb Bush’s claim that Islamic State ‘didn’t exist when my brother was president’

As analyst Brian Fishman noted in a 2006 report for the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, the announcement was made on Oct. 15, 2006


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TERRORISTS ARE JUST LIKE US: THE BIN LADEN DOCS AND THE FUTURE OF AL QAEDA

The documents released from bin Laden’s bookshelf (almost certainly by design of those who released them) offer little insight into the curr


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Islamic State on the march? What fall of Ramadi tells us.

"ISIS overextended itself and is getting pushed back to areas where they can control more effectively," Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism an


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Be honest: ISIS fight will be a long one

The current ISIS is significantly stronger than the Islamic State of Iraq was in 2007: It has more soldiers, is better organized and operate


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With Victories, ISIS Dispels Hope of a Swift Decline

“ISIS overextended itself and is getting pushed back to areas where they can control more effectively,” said Brian Fishman, a counterterrori


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Bin Laden bookshelf shows scholarship of American policy

More than 100 papers and videos from Osama bin Laden were released by American officials today, offering new insight into what the terror le


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The hidden hand behind the Islamic State militants? Saddam Hussein’s.

Some of them had fought against al-Qaeda after changing sides and aligning with the American-backed Awakening movement during the surge of t


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Online Discussion: Projecting the fight against ISIS

In this special online discussion, counterterrorism experts from New America discuss the future of the battle with ISIS.


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Containing the ISIS Threat | The Epoch Times

To defeat your enemy, you should know your enemy. If the heart of today’s challenge in Iraq is the Islamic State, then we must neutralize it


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Testimony: The Islamic State - A Persistent Threat

Though the challenges to American interests in the Middle East could hardly be more complex or interrelated, I will attempt to focus sharply


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The Conflict in Syria

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Russian Roulette

The greatest threat to Afghanistan’s stability in the years after 2014 is fracturing among the patronage networks within the government.