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.

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2014 Jihadist Terrorism and Other Unconventional Threats

While the core al-Qaeda group that struck the United States on 9/11 has been decimated in recent years, its affiliates and associated groups


Lone wolves are biggest terror threat

While al Qaeda and its affiliates have failed to conduct any successful attacks in the United States since 9/11, they have sought to encoura


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What's the hot national security phrase of this week? Seems to be 'potential threat'

Matthew Olsen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, repeatedly used one phrase to describe the likelihood of Islamic State


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ISIS threat to U.S. mostly hype

ISIS has Americans worried. But are such fears really justified? Despite the impression you may have had from listening to U.S. officials in


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When Americans leave for jihad

McCain is the first American known to have been killed while fighting for ISIS. But he is not the only American drawn to the group or to al


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An Americans gateway to jihad

On Wednesday, a propaganda video appeared on the Internet featuring Moner Abu-Salha, the U.S. citizen from Florida who died conducting a sui


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ISIS: Is it really a threat to the U.S.?

U.S. officials are claiming that the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, is "now a credible alternative to al Qaeda."


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U.S. general's killing may be a bad omen

The attack is an ominous sign regarding the potential risks to American service members as the majority of U.S. forces withdraw from Afghani


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Right-wing extremists strike again

The Millers appear to have been motivated by extreme far-right views. The couple left a flag at the scene of the crime with the words "Don't


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Right Wing terrorists a Bigger Threat, but Not According to the Media

In this clip from The Young Turks, research from Peter Bergen and David Sterman of New America's International Security Program is used to e


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U.S. right wing extremists more deadly than jihadists

Since 9/11, extremists affiliated with a variety of far-right wing ideologies, including white supremacists, anti-abortion extremists and an


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The man who inspired the Boston bombings

One year after the Boston Marathon bombings and almost three years after his death in a CIA drone strike in Yemen, Anwar al-Awlaki, the New