Professor Yonah Alexander is a Member of the Board of Regents, Senior Fellow, and Director of the International Center for Terrorism Studies at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. In addition, Professor Alexander is the Director of the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and Director of the Inter-University Center for Legal Studies (in Washington, D.C.). Both academic institutions are consortia of universities and think tanks throughout the world. Previously, Dr. Alexander served as Professor of International Affairs and Director of Terrorism Studies at the George Washington University as well as Professor of International Studies and Director of the Institute for Studies in International Terrorism at the State University of New York system, totaling 35 years of service.
Education at Columbia University (PhD), the University of Chicago (MA), and Roosevelt University of Chicago (BA), Professor Alexander taught at The George Washington University, The American University, The Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America, Tel Aviv University, The City University of New York, and The State University of New York.
His research experience includes such appointments as Research Professor of International Affairs and Visiting Professor of Law, The George Washington University; Director, “Terrorism, Gray Area and Low-Level Conflict,” U.S. Global Strategy Council; Senior Fellow, The Institute for Advanced Studies in Justice, School of Law, The American University; Research Associate, School of Journalism, Columbia University; Senior Staff Member, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University; Director, Institute for Studies in International Terrorism, State University of New York; and Fellow, Institute of Social Behavior Pathology, The University of Chicago. He is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies (London) and other professional bodies. Additionally, he has served as an academic advisor to governments and international organizations (e.g. UN, NATO, OSCE).
Dr. Alexander is the founder and editor-in-chief of five academic international journals: Terrorism; Minorities and Group Rights; Political Communication and Persuasion; NATO’s Partnership for Peace Review; and Terrorism: An Electronic Journal & Knowledge Base. He also has published over 100 books including al-Qa’ida: Ten Years After 9/11 and Beyond; Terrorists in Our Midst: Combatting Foreign Affinity Terrorism in America; Evolution of U.S. Counterterrorism Policy (three volumes); Turkey: Terrorism, Civil Rights, and the European Union; The New Iranian Leadership: Terrorism, Nuclear Ambition, and the Middle East Conflict; and Counterterrorism Strategies: Success and Failures of Six Nations. His latest books are NATO: From Regional to Global Security Provider and The Islamic State: Combatting the Caliphate Without Borders, both published by Lexington Books in 2015. His works were translated into more than two dozen languages. Professor Alexander’s personal papers and collection on terrorism are housed at the Hoover Institution Library and Archives at Stanford University.
He received numerous academic and professional awards and grants from private and public foundations (e.g the John Lyman Prize for the book, Terror on the High Seas: From Piracy to Strategic Challenge). Professor Alexander has appeared on many television and radio programs in over 40 countries. His numerous articles and interviews were published in both the United States and the international press.