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Javed Ali

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Ali is a former senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council, with over 20 years of professional experience in national security and intelligence issues in Washington, D.C. He served in the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he also held senior positions on joint duty assignments at the National Intelligence Council, the National Counterterrorism Center, and the National Security Council.

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From A.I. to zero emissions Ford School faculty host and are featured in a variety of podcasts, covering policy topics from artificial intelligence, everyday economics, national security, and more.   My job has always been to demonstrate to...
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Ford School experts comment on Buffalo shooting

May 16, 2022
Ford School experts are available to comment on the racially motivated massacre over the weekend at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. Celeste Watkins-Hayes Celeste Watkins-Hayes is the associate dean for academic affairs and...
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Ali: U.S. intelligence-sharing with Ukraine poses potential risks

May 9, 2022 The Cipher Brief
The U.S. and allies have declassified and shared intelligence with Ukrainian authorities over the past months of the war with Russia. Associate professor of practice Javed Ali, a former senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security...
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Ali debunks Whitmer kidnapping conspiracy theory

Apr 19, 2022 The American Independent
Michigan gubernatorial candidate Garrett Soldano has been circulating the conspiracy theory that the intended kidnapping of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was a government plot to sway the 2020 election. Javed Ali, associate professor of practice, debunked...
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Ali comments on implications of Whitmer kidnap trial verdicts

Apr 8, 2022
The verdict in the trial of four men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer produced two not guilty determinations and two mistrials. Ford School professor of practice Javed Ali told ABC News, "In a post-9/11...
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Ali calls for finetuning of FBI's terrorist screening watchlist

Apr 4, 2022 ABC News
A new ABC News in-depth report found that Americans on the FBI's terrorist screening watchlist are subject to pat-downs, detentions, and extensive interrogation without a trial. Javed Ali, associate professor of practice, weighed in on the...
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Ali discusses comparisons of invasions of Iraq and Ukraine

Mar 17, 2022 BBC Brazil
As the war in Ukraine rages on, many are making comparisons between the U.S.'s invasion of Iraq and Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Javed Ali, associate professor of practice, discussed the comparison. "It's easy to understand why people think the...
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Ali discusses risks of sending weapons to Ukraine

Mar 13, 2022 The Mehdi Hasan Show
While the United States is doing its best to support Ukraine, Javed Ali, associate professor of practice, discussed the risks that providing weapons to the country creates. "It looks like we are already implementing a similar campaign...
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Russia Invasion of Ukraine Teach-Out features Ali and Levitsky

Mar 9, 2022
Ford School professors Javed Ali and Mel Levitsky are participating in a "Russian Invasion of Ukraine Teach-Out", created by the University of Michigan Center for Academic Innovation and available through Michigan Online. The teach-out will be live...
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Ali examines modern domestic terrorism

Mar 6, 2022 AP News
As the trial for the men who allegedly planned to kidnap Governor Whitmer begins, discussions about domestic terrorism emerge. Javed Ali, associate professor of practice, weighed in on the topic.  “This is a different type of domestic terrorism...
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Ford School faculty discuss Russian invasion

Mar 5, 2022
As the invasion of Ukraine continues, media outlets turn to Ford School faculty for insight on the situation. This week, Ford School professors John Ciorciari, Melvyn Levitsky, and Javed Ali analyzed Russia’s intentions with the invasion, as well as...
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Ali comments on Gov. Whitmer kidnapping trial

Mar 1, 2022 WXMI Fox 17
The trial for the men who planned to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer is beginning soon.  Javed Ali, associate professor of practice, provided some insight into the trial and potential witnesses.  “Hard to know what a judge is thinking, but it...
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Ali provides insight into first insurrection trial

Feb 27, 2022 The Wall Street Journal
The first trial of a January 6 insurrection rioter will be a test for the government.  "If the government wins, and they are able to prove the validity of all of the charges, that could likely send a lot of defendants racing for plea deals,"...
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Ford School experts weigh in on Russian invasion of Ukraine

Feb 25, 2022
As the Russian military surrounded and began its assault on Ukraine, Melvyn Levitsky, professor of international policy and practice, and Javed Ali, associate professor of practice, lent their expertise to numerous media outlets to break down the...
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Russia-Ukraine: Ford School experts can discuss

Feb 24, 2022
Ford School experts can discuss Russia's full-scale attack on Ukraine and its implications on global politics, economics and the human scale. John Ciorciari is an associate professor of public policy and director of the Ford School of Public...
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Ali discusses history of domestic terrorism

Feb 22, 2022 PolitiFact
Looking back at the history of domestic terrorism in the U.S., Javed Ali, associate professor of practice, provided insight into the January 6 insurrection. "(In the past century,) there was just as much activity on the far-left spectrum as there...
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Ali breaks down crisis in Ukraine

Feb 21, 2022 Fox 2 Detroit
Tensions are heightening between Russia and Ukraine, prompting President Biden to meet with his National Security Council to discuss the conflict. "A full-up National Security Council meeting with the President of the United States, those don’t...
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Ali comments on Ambassador Bridge blockade

Feb 11, 2022 MSN
A group of truck drivers protesting the Canadian border vaccine mandate has blocked the Ambassador Bridge, which connects Detroit to Windsor. Javed Ali, associate professor of practice, weighed in on the issue.  "I figured that if someone blocked...
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Ali discusses recent developments with ISIS

Feb 3, 2022
Major developments in the fight against ISIS took place in the past week, and the Ford School's Javed Ali, associate professor of practice, whose area of expertise is national security. Early in the week, a 42-year-old American woman, Allison...
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Ali comments on DHS, FBI warning to faith-based communities

Jan 18, 2022 ABC News
Following a hostage situation at a synagogue in Texas, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security warned faith-based communities that they will continue to be targets of domestic violent extremists. Javed Ali, professor of practice, provided...
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Ali provides insight on insurrection criminal cases

Jan 13, 2022 ABC News
A leader of the Oath Keepers militia group has been arrested in connection with the January 6 insurrection. Javed Ali, associate professor of practice, commented on the charges. "The charges against Stewart Rhodes send a strong message about the...
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Ali reflects on Jan. 6 insurrection and its implications

Jan 6, 2022
As the anniversary of the January 6 insurrection approached, the investigations into the causes and participants, as well as any changes in security or policy, came into focus. Since the insurrection, over 700 people have been charged in connection...
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I-95 debacle demands answers - Ali

Jan 5, 2022 The Washington Post
After motorists in Virginia were left stranded on the highway for over 24 hours, calls for an investigation into the state's handling of the disaster mounted. Javed Ali, associate professor of practice, weighed in on the event.  "That...
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Ali warns of COVID-related military susceptibility to extremism

Dec 23, 2021 The Hill
As the Pentagon begins to separate out non-vaccinated personnel across different services for refusing to comply with the Defense Department’s COVID vaccine mandate, a risk exists that those people could become targets of domestic extremist...
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Ali rings alarm bells on national security

Dec 10, 2021 Protect Democracy
In a week when President Biden convened a global summit on democracy, Javed Ali joined two other national security experts in who signed an open letter to Congress highlighting the security dangers that have risen from election subversion. Watch the...