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

Is the U.S. at risk of a Paris-like attack?

U.S. security officials warn that the United States is at risk of similar attacks to those that occurred in Paris. Attorney General Eric Hol

Why hostage rescues fail

Some of the successful recent hostage rescues such as the operations that freed Buchanan and Thisted, Phillips, and Hallums were operations

‘Serial’: An investigative journalism podcast becomes a cultural obsession

The answer turned out to be: a lot of people. Chaudry isn’t the only one with a first-thing-Thursday appointment with the multi-part true-cr

First line of defense against terrorism: Mom and Dad

Last week, three teenage girls from Denver were alleged to have tried to join ISIS. The key lead in this case wasn't high-tech surveillance

What lures Americans to Syria fight

Of the dozen Americans drawn to fight with ISIS or the al Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front, a profile does appear to be emerging: They are young

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

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

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

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

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

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."