David Sterman

Policy Analyst, International Security Program

David Sterman is a policy analyst at New America and holds a master's degree from Georgetown’s Center for Security Studies. His work focuses on homegrown extremism and the maintenance of New America's datasets on terrorism inside the United States and the relative roles of NSA surveillance and traditional investigative tools in preventing such terrorism.

Prior to working at New America, Mr. Sterman was a contributing editor at Southern Pulse, and he interned at the Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information in Jerusalem. He graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College in 2012.

All Work

INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
United States of Jihad: Homegrown Terrorism After Orlando

What does the Orlando attack mean for the way we understand jihadist terrorism?


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
Islamist Terrorism In Europe: A History

New America is pleased to welcome Dr. Petter Nesser for a discussion of his book and the history of Islamist terrorism in Europe.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
What if ISIS were run by women? In Mississippi, a glimpse.

David Sterman was quoted in Christian Science Monitor about women in ISIS, which also quoted ISP's "ISIS in the West."


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
Will Returning Syria Fighters Strike the United States?

David Sterman and Peter Bergan wrote for CNN about rising concerns of what returning "foreign fighters" will do in their home countries.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
ISIS in the West

The links between the Paris attackers and the Brussels terrorists raises the importance of understanding the Western “foreign fighters.”


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
ISIS Numbers Don't Tell the Whole Story

David Sterman wrote for CNN about the number of foreign fighters flowing into Syria and what that means for the war on ISIS.


Entrapped? An Interview with  Razan Ghalayini

A documentary premiering at Sundance explores the entrapment case of Fort Dix. David Sterman spoke to director and producer Razan Ghalayani


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
These Are the Westerners Joining ISIS

The study aimed to discover who these people are — and what kind of threat they pose to Western nations.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
Expert: U.S. citizens responsible for most domestic terror attacks

“There is a belief that terrorism in the U.S. is really a foreign threat that comes to the U.S. from abroad,” says David Sterman.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
San Bernardino Shooting: Was It Workplace Violence Or Terrorism?

Linda Wertheimer of NPR's Morning Edition talks to New America's David Sterman, an expert on home-grown terrorism.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
Suspect's Brother-In-Law 'Shocked'; Motivation For Attack Sought

A man identified as the brother-in-law of one of the suspects in the mass shooting appeared at a news conference.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
When should a shooting really be called ‘terrorism’?

But whether authorities actually prosecute murderers as terrorists is often a practical matter, says Peter Bergen.