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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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Students simulate negotiations in the Arctic Circle

Sep 27, 2022
Geopolitical tensions are rising in the Arctic Circle, with disputes over territory and resources, environmental issues, and Indigenous People's way of life. In early September, nearly 30 undergraduate and graduate students from across the...
In the Media

Ali advice for international travelers: Be aware

Jul 23, 2022 ABC News One
As pandemic fears ease and pent-up demand for travel increases, vacationers nevertheless need to be on guard about changing circumstances.  Speaking to ABC News One, Ford School professor Javed Ali said, "You don't want to be caught unaware, in...
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Ali on latest shootings: We can do better

Jul 6, 2022
The July 4th shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, has joined a list of seemingly more frequent mass shootings in America. Commenting to WXYZ TV in Detroit, Ford School professor of practice Javed Ali commented, "Every time one of these happens, it...
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Ali terror threat commentary sought across the globe

Jun 19, 2022
Media outlets around the world have been relying upon the insight and commentary of Ford School professor of practice Javed Ali. From the January 6th Committee hearings, to the war in Ukraine, to other domestic and international terrorism threats,...
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Ali addresses broad range of domestic threats

Jun 7, 2022
Ford School professor of practice Javed Ali has been commenting on the wide range of domestic violent actions and threats that the United States has confronted in the past week, from a school shooting to domestic and international terrorism arrests....
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Faculty News, spring 2022

May 31, 2022
Arun Agrawal was selected as co-chair on the Intergovernmental Transformative Change Assessment, sponsored by the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Javed Ali provided his expertise on national security to numerous...
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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...
In the Media

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...
In the Media

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...
In the Media

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...
In the Media

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...
In the Media

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...