As Senior Fellow for Homeland Security and Threat Assessment, Jeff identifies and assesses large-scale threats to America society and public safety. His research focuses on transnational and domestic terrorism, religious extremism, the social dynamics of radicalization and violence escalation, natural hazards and disasters, and critical infrastructure protection.
Previously, Jeff also served as program advisor for the Center’s initiative “Mobilizing NATO for Afghanistan and Pakistan.” See his background report here: Homeland Security in Europe and North America: The Afghanistan/Pakistan Connection.
Jeff also directed the Center’s multi-year initiative “America and the Muslim World,” which sought to strengthen America’s engagement with Muslim societies worldwide. As director and lead writer for this initiative, he authored the business plan and global strategy for a proposed Foundation for International Understanding. See the business plan and global strategy here:FIU Business Plan andFIU Global Strategy.
Prior to joining the Center, Jeff worked in both the nonprofit policy sector and the federal government. At the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), he worked as a Research Associate in the Islam Program and the Russian/Eurasian Program. Prior to this, Jeff contracted with the U.S. Agency for International Development and served as a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Wyche Fowler (D-GA).
Jeff is a contributing author to Islam in Russia: The Politics of Identity and Security (M.E. Sharpe, 2004) and Strengthening U.S.-Muslim Communications, (CSPC, 2003).
He received his B.A. in International Relations and his M.A. in International Development from the School of International Service at American University.