Mr. Don Rassler

Don Rassler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and

Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at the U.S.

Military Academy at West Point. His research interests are focused on how terrorist

groups innovate and use technology and understanding the changing dynamics of

militancy in South and Central Asia. Rassler has advised a number of operational

units and been interviewed by various media


He is the co-author of Fountainhead of Jihad: The Haqqani Nexus, 1973-2012,

a book released by Oxford University Press in 2013.

Prior to joining the CTC, Rassler worked on intelligence, defense reform, and NATO

transformation projects for the Department of Defense as a Senior Consultant at


He holds an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of

International and Public Affairs and a B.S. from the University of Oregon.

Combatting Terrorism Centre (CTC), U.S. Military Academy, West Point, United States

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