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R. Kim Cragin is the senior research fellow for counterterrorism at the National Defense University. Dr. Cragin has conducted research on terrorism for over 20 years. Prior to joining the National Defense University in 2015, she was a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. She also has taught at Georgetown University and the University of Maryland. Dr. Cragin served as senior staff to the 9/11 FBI Review Commission. In the spring of 2008, she spent three months on General Petraeus’ (ret.) staff in Baghdad. Dr. Cragin has conducted fieldwork in Syria, Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Pakistan, northwest China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka, among others. Her mixed methods research focuses on counterterrorism, foreign terrorist fighters, radicalization and recruitment, and terrorist groups’ use of new technologies. She has a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Duke University and completed her Ph.D at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.