Nada Bakos


Senior Fellow - National Security Program

Research Areas:

Global intelligence, CIA, security, relationship between Iraq, al-Qaeda and the 9/11 attacks, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

Nada Bakos, a Senior Fellow in the Program on National Security at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, is a highly-regarded national security expert with 20 years of in-depth knowledge base in global intelligence. She was a 2018 Templeton Fellow at FPRI. As a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) analyst, she was a key member of the team charged with analyzing the relationship between Iraq, al-Qaeda and the 9/11 attacks. Subsequently, during the war in Iraq, Ms. Bakos was asked to serve as the Chief Targeting officer tracking one of the world’s most wanted terrorist, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. In 2006, Zarqawi was killed in a targeted strike conducted by US military forces. She was recently featured in the Emmy-award winning HBO documentary, Manhunt, and is a frequent media commentator.

After leaving the CIA, Ms. Bakos worked in a key role with Starbucks Corporation Public Affairs and as a consultant to a variety of organizations.  Ms. Bakos has worked with C-level corporate executives, senior level government officials, and front-line-technical teams to help them understand the business or security-related context to deploying new processes and technologies.

Her book, The Targeter, was published by Little, Brown in June 2019. 

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