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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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Ali discusses controversial domestic terror statute

Jan 28, 2023 NBC News
Javed Ali, NBC News: Ali, a former senior U.S. government counterterrorism official, said such [domestic terrorism] cases highlight what could be a new development at the state and local level where authorities will begin to bring more domestic...
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Ali addresses impact of top FBI official's arrest

Jan 25, 2023 ABC News
Javed Ali, ABC News: "The arrest of the former head of the FBI New York field office's head of counterintelligence on money laundering charges connected to a Russian oligarch with strong ties to President Putin is a serious development that may have...
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Ali discusses timeline of Biden documents investigation

Jan 20, 2023 The New Republic
Javed Ali, The New Republic: "I don’t think it’s going to wrap up in days, and probably not weeks; I think it’s going to take several months. These special counsel investigations usually take a while to unfold. I think, conservatively, we’re talking...
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Ali discusses depths Putin will go to in war against Ukraine

Jan 17, 2023 Newsweek
Javed Ali, Newsweek: "The Wagner Group's paramilitary nature and disregard of international human rights and acceptable standards of military conduct also demonstrate the depths Putin's regime will pursue, regardless of the destructive nature of...
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Ali evaluates state of war in Ukraine

Jan 13, 2023 TRT World
Javed Ali, TRT World: "I don't think there's any credible effort to engage in peace talks, just based on the nature of the ferocious fighting in the east. It seems like each side is looking to break through against the other in these pockets, but...
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Ali analyzes Biden classified documents

Jan 13, 2023 CBC
Javed Ali, CBC: "It's really alarming to hear of these two different batches separated by time, and it could be two different circumstances behind them as well, just from what little we know on the outside. But as I've said in some other interviews,...
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Ali comments on Biden classified material case

Jan 12, 2023 CBS News
Javed Ali, CBS News: "As a former intelligence professional, we were all indoctrinated to never leave our offices with any classified material whatsoever. I mean, that's the whole point of the...
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Ali provides context surrounding Biden classified documents

Jan 10, 2023 ABC News
Javed Ali, ABC News: "It is surprising to hear there were classified documents found at the Penn Biden Center, but based on the details that have come out, it appears to be some somewhat of a different context than the much larger number of...
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Brazil riots: Ford School experts offer insight

Jan 9, 2023
In the aftermath of Sunday's riots, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva promises to bring rioters to justice. This morning, he met with Rosa Weber, president of the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil, and other leaders to work "in defense of...
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Ali remembers heroes who defended against January 6 insurrection

Jan 6, 2023 CBC
Javed Ali, CBC: "I expect to hear President Biden say some things that coincide with my own sense of reflection. So hopefully what we'll hear from President Biden is remembrance of the heroism and patriotism of the law enforcement officers and other...
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Two years later, Ali reflects on January 6 prosecutions

Jan 6, 2023 The National
Javed Ali, The National: "It has brought some measure of accountability to a large segment of the people who were part of the insurrection and perhaps in the moment thought that they would be able to get away with what they did on the criminal side...
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Ali breaks down Putin's rhetoric

Dec 31, 2022 Newsweek
Javed Ali, Newsweek: "(Putin) believes he has sufficient manpower, equipment, and financial resources to continue the fight until he achieves his goals. His statement about defending Russia's interests there and conjuring up the notions of patriotic...
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Ali discusses longevity of war in Ukraine

Dec 27, 2022 CBC
Javed Ali, CBC: "How many more months can the Russian military withstand these types of troop and equipment and material losses? I don’t think they can do this for more than six months to a...
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Ali breaks down January 6 report

Dec 23, 2022 CBC
Javed Ali, CBC: "With the different recommendations from the committee report, this is probably the most interesting one. But also the one, that at least from a legal perspective, may be very difficult to achieve. My understanding is that unless...
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Ali on the impact of Ukraine acquiring air defense system

Dec 22, 2022 TRT World
Javed Ali, TRT World: "It sounds like President Zelenskyy will get some of what he had requested previously from the U.S. government, including this one Patriot air defense system. But it’s only one system, and one system alone is not going to...
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Ali provides insight on war in Ukraine

Dec 15, 2022 Newsweek
Javed Ali, Newsweek: "Over the past year both the Ukrainians and the Russians have demonstrated an ability to make advances, hold territory, but then withdraw to different locations in order to regroup from losses and consolidate for future...
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Ali: Belarus joining war in Ukraine risky

Dec 13, 2022 Newsweek
Javed Ali, Newsweek: "It comes with considerable risks for the Belarusians. Look at the pounding that the Russian military has taken in Ukraine. Belarus is such a small country. It has such limited military resources. Losing a few hundred troops or...
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Ali on impact of Oath Keepers' convictions on far-right movement

Dec 7, 2022 TRT World
Javed Ali, TRT World: "I would argue that it will not end far-right extremism or anti-government movements and groups. Now, in the case of the Oath Keepers, it may have an impact on structurally tearing this group apart. Even if the Oath Keepers as...
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Ali provides insight on school threats

Nov 15, 2022 WXYZ Detroit
Javed Ali, WXYZ Detroit: "In advance of significant anniversaries, especially inside the U.S., we would really raise the security levels. We have to adopt the, ‘See something, Say something’ mantra or model that has become the post-9/11...
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Ali weighs in on Putin, state of war in Ukraine

Nov 8, 2022 HuffPost
Javed Ali, HuffPost: "It just reinforces the perception of who Putin is and how sort of diabolical this strategy of his is, and the list of potential war crimes keeps getting longer. If Russia isn’t already a pariah country, it would absolutely...
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Ali comments on arrest of alleged 'boogaloo' members

Nov 2, 2022 AP News
Javed Ali, AP News: The federal government’s actions could reflect different people in the boogaloo movement “getting closer to violence,” said Javed Ali, an associate professor at the University of Michigan and a former senior U.S. government...
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Ali discusses increase in political violence

Nov 1, 2022 PolitiFact
Javed Ali, PolitiFact: The hardest threats for law enforcement to thwart are those orchestrated by lone actors, like the man who went to Pelosi’s home. "Unless a person is under investigation and on law enforcement’s radar, how would you know they...
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Ali comments on Paul Pelosi attack

Oct 31, 2022 ABC Australia
Javed Ali, ABC Australia: "I would argue, unfortunately, it's a continuation of the same level of threat we have now seen for the last few years, if not longer. And this latest attack is just a manifestation of what I had called a couple years ago,...