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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...
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Ali on combating online extremism

Jan 27, 2021 The Cipher Brief
In the aftermath of the violent attack on the Capitol on January 6th, Ford School Towsley Policymaker in Residence Javed Ali suggests a number of policy changes related to tracking violent extremist content online, including, "greater emphasis on...
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Ali calls for the split of NSA and Cybercom

Dec 24, 2020 Defense One
In an essay in Defense One, Javed Ali and co-author Adam Maruyama argue that the next step in improving the U.S. national focus on cybersecurity should be acting on a long-debated proposal to split the job of leading the NSA and Cybercom.  "From...
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Splitting NSA and Cybercom makes sense, even in a crisis, says Ali

Dec 21, 2020
Javed Ali tells the Washington Post that the fact that the government is grappling with a major series of cyber intrusions should not be an impediment to splitting the NSA and Cybercom. “Splitting the responsibilities allows NSA to assume the role...
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Ali calls for increased sanctions to prevent aggressive cyber-attacks

Dec 18, 2020 Mother Jones
If the hacks can be tied back to Moscow, they are just the latest in a string of significant and aggressive cyber operations perpetrated by elements of the Russian government against local, state, and federal governments and corporate entities. “We...
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Ali says cyber-attacks show US vulnerabilities

Dec 17, 2020 ABC News
"It raises serious questions about the level of US defensive measures against cyber-attacks, as the vulnerabilities exploited in this latest attack crossed over into both private industry cyber tools and federal ones--neither of which were able to...
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Ali concerned about Iran's Quds force retaliatory strike

Dec 9, 2020 The Hill
"Beyond the operations in the Middle East, there is the potential for the Quds Force to consider attacks against U.S. or Israeli targets in other parts of the world," Ali writes. "As history has shown with Iran, any action the supreme leader takes...
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Despite arrest of leader of white supremacist group, Ali says more needs to be done

Oct 30, 2020 Feds arrest leader of white supremacy group who ran 'hate camp' in Michigan
“This case is very serious and it’s indicative of the threat, not only from this particular group, but the broader one (from domestic terrorists.) We’re not going to see the last of these,” Ford school Towsley Policymaker in Residence Javed Ali told...
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Seeking asylum rights during the pandemic

Aug 20, 2020
In February 2019, Hardy Vieux (MPP/JD '97) traveled to Tijuana, Mexico, to better understand the needs of asylum seekers at the United States’ southern border. That trip laid the foundation for a program to help people navigate the process, at the...

Javed Ali draws parallels between 9/11 and COVID-19 responses

Apr 2, 2020
As the United States grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are looking to recent historical crises to provide insights into the challenges we currently face. Javed Ali, Towsley Policymaker in Residence at the Ford School, wrote an opinion...
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Towsley courses offer unique learning experience

Mar 28, 2019
The Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence Program, established in 2002, pops the academic bubble in its promotion of student, faculty, and policymaker exchange by bringing individuals with significant national and...