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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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Ali weighs in on nuclear engineer charged with espionage

Oct 11, 2021 ABC News Australia
The FBI recently revealed that they charged a naval nuclear engineer and his wife with espionage for attempting to share information on U.S. submarine technology with another country. Javed Ali commented on the situation. "Usually, when the U.S....
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U.S. counterterrorism efforts moving forward - Ali

Sep 21, 2021
Javed Ali, associate professor of practice and counterterrorism expert, provided counterterrorism insights in a number of news outlets this week. "9/11 was such a profoundly important moment, not only in US history, but I would argue in...
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Ali examines the enduring threat domestic terrorism

Sep 8, 2021
In a opinion for the Atlantic Council, Javed Ali said the U.S. has not hit "the peak" of this wave yet, prompting higher security measures from the Biden administration. "The large number of current domestic terrorism investigations by the FBI...
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Community conversation: Consequences of Afghanistan withdrawal

Sep 2, 2021
In one of the first community events of the academic year, 60 Ford School students and faculty gathered in the Betty Ford Classroom for a conversation about the situation in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces. Panelists...
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Ali considers U.S.-Taliban relationship

Sep 1, 2021
Now that the United States is fully withdrawn from Afghanistan, what will counterterrorism in the region look like? Javed Ali, associate professor of practice, provided commentary to several outlets. "I would argue that ISIS-Khorasan has remained...
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New Ford School faculty add depth in key areas

Aug 25, 2021
This fall, the Ford School welcomes several new faculty with expertise in education and social policy, national security, and racial justice, and who will help build students’ leadership and negotiation skills. In addition, visiting faculty with...
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Ali says ISIS-K should be taken very seriously

Aug 25, 2021 BBC World News
Javed Ali explains why ISIS-K is so dangerous on BBC World News. "Isis Khorasan, one could argue, remained the most active and viable branches of the broader ISIS family."...."As the attacks have shown over the past few years, (this group)...
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Ciorciari and Ali analyze Afghanistan withdrawal

Aug 16, 2021
With stunning speed, the Taliban has overthrown the Western-backed government of Afghanistan, bringing a chaotic end to a two-decade effort by the United States and others to remake the country. More than 3,500 U.S. and allied troops and tens of...
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Ali weighs in on U.S. relationship with Afghanistan

Jun 27, 2021 Defense One
In anticipation of President Biden's meeting with Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani, which addressed questions about what the relationship between the two countries will look like once the U.S. military leaves the area, Javed Ali, incoming...
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Ali criticizes Biden administration's new counterterrorism plan

Jun 21, 2021
The Biden administration's recently released domestic counterterrorism strategy has drawn criticism from some counterterrorism experts. Javed Ali, incoming associate professor of practice, co-authored a commentary with Thomas S. Warrick, nonresident...
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Ali pushes for 'transparent revolution in cybersecurity'

Jun 13, 2021
Criminals are getting more sophisticated in their use of technology: in the past year, cyberattacks have increased 300%. Javed Ali,  incoming associate professor of practice, provided some insight on these attacks.  "Unfortunately, even though...
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Faculty News spring 2021

Jun 10, 2021
Javed Ali has appeared recently in outlets such as 60 Minutes, ABC News, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, NPR’s Morning Edition, and the Los Angeles Times. He’ll become an associate professor of practice at the Ford School this...
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Ali comments on Russian cyberattacks

Jun 6, 2021
Russia continues to launch cyberattacks against the U.S., and Javed Ali says it doesn't look like it will stop anytime soon. "Russia does not yet seem to be deterred from launching a whole slew of operations against the United States," Ali...
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Ali contextualizes insurrection criminal cases

May 30, 2021 Fox 2 Detroit
A man from Michigan is facing charges associated with the January 6 insurrection. Javed Ali provided some insight about the criminal cases stemming from the insurrection.  "This is not the first instance of this happening, this is just the...
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Javed Ali appointed associate professor of practice

May 18, 2021
National security expert Javed Ali has been appointed an associate professor of practice on the faculty of the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, effective August 30, 2021. Ali is currently a Towsley Foundation...
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Ali calls for refocusing of U.S. counterterrorism efforts

May 17, 2021
“Four months after the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, the Biden administration has rolled out a series of measures to combat the serious threat of domestic terrorism,” Javed Ali, Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence at the Ford...
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Ali discusses the danger of the Oath Keepers on '60 Minutes'

Apr 18, 2021 CBS News 60 Minutes
 "What makes the Oath Keepers unique and challenging, beyond the fact that they are a formal group with chapters all over the country, is that a large percentage have tactical training and operational experience in either the military or law...
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Ali speaks about new wave domestic terrorism and social media

Mar 24, 2021 WLNS
According to Javed Ali, the "new wave" of domestic terrorism is complicated by the increased use of social media, and the inability to prosecute even when it's used to instigate action. "The line between what’s constitutionally protected versus what...
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Barr discusses "The COVID Economy" in podcast

Feb 28, 2021 Burn Bag
Barr discuss the challenges of rebuilding the global economy post-COVID-19, attracting foreign direct investment to the United States, the Robinhood debacle and securities regulation, repeating mistakes from the 2007/08 financial crisis, the risks...
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Ali on white nationalist violence and the Capitol siege

Feb 11, 2021
As the nation watched the prosecution in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump lay out a timeline for the causes and actual insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, Ford School Towsley Policymaker-in-Residence Javed Ali has been commenting on many...