Brian Fishman is a Counterterrorism Research Fellow at the New America Foundation and a Research Fellow with the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point. He previously served as the CTC’s Director of Research and was a professor in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point. Fishman was a regular contributor to the CTC’s Harmony Project reports; he authored Dysfunction and Decline: Lessons Learned from Inside al-Qa`ida in Iraq, co-authored al-Qa`ida’s Foreign Fighters in Iraq: A First Look at the Sinjar Records, and edited Bombers, Bank Accounts, and Bleedout: al-Qa`ida’s Road In and Out of Iraq. As part of his duties at West Point, Fishman deployed to Iraq and served on the CENTCOM Assessment Team. Fishman was a founding editor of the CTC Sentinel.
Before joining the CTC in 2005, Fishman was the Foreign Affairs/Defense Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (CA-6). He worked extensively on the Middle East peace process, proliferation, Chinese human rights, and landmine and UXO cleanup. Fishman has published in the Washington Quarterly, the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and numerous edited volumes.
Fishman has appeared in numerous national and international media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, PBS’ Bill Moyers Journal, National Public Radio, NBC Nightly News, and Fox News. He holds a Masters in International Affairs (MIA) from Columbia University and a B.A. from the University of California Los Angeles.