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James Forest
Works at UML and JSOU
Attended Georgetown University


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Professor of Security Studies
James J.F. Forest, Ph.D. is professor and director of security studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and security studies. He is also a senior fellow with the Joint Special Operations University, where he holds a Top Secret/SCI security clearance with the U.S. Department of Defense and conducts research (classified and unclassified) for the U.S. Special Forces community.

Dr. Forest was the Director of Terrorism Studies at the United States Military Academy. During his tenure (2001-2010) he taught courses in terrorism, counterterrorism, information warfare, international relations, comparative politics and sub-Saharan Africa. He also directed a series of research initiatives and education programs for the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, covering topics such as terrorist recruitment, training, and organizational knowledge transfer. Dr. Forest was selected by the Center for American Progress and Foreign Policy as one of “America’s most esteemed terrorism and national security experts” and participated in their annual Terrorism Index studies 2006 thru 2009. He has been interviewed by many newspaper, radio and television journalists, and is regularly invited to give speeches and lectures in the U.S. and other countries. He has published 20 books and dozens of articles in journals such as the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Contemporary Security Policy, the Journal of Political Science Education, and Democracy and Security. He has also served as an advisor to the Future of War panel for the Defense Science Board, and has testified before committees of the U.S. Senate.

Dr. Forest has published 20 books and monographs, including:

- U.S. Military Deployments to Africa: Lessons from the Hunt for Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army (JSOU Press, 2014)

- Terrorism & Counterterrorism, 5th ed. (McGraw-Hill 2014, w/B. Hoffman & R. Howard)

- The Rise and Fall of al-Shabaab (JSOU Press, 2014, w/R. Turbiville & J. Meservey)

- Homeland Security and Terrorism (McGraw-Hill, 2013, w/R. Howard & J. Moore)

- Intersections of Crime and Terror (Routledge, 2013)

- The Terrorism Lectures (Nortia Press, 2012)

- Countering the Terrorist Threat of Boko Haram in Nigeria (JSOU Press, 2012)

- Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism (McGraw-Hill, 2012, w/R. Howard)

- Influence Warfare (Praeger, 2009)

- Handbook of Defence Politics (Routledge, 2008, w/I. Wilson)

- Countering Terrorism and Insurgency in the 21st Century (Praeger, 2007)

- Teaching Terror: Strategic and Tactical Learning (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006)

- The Making of a Terrorist: Recruitment, Training and Root Causes (Praeger, 2005)

Information on these and other publications are available online via retail bookstores and at or

Dr. Forest received his graduate degrees from Stanford University and Boston College, and undergraduate degrees from Georgetown University and De Anza College.

Bragging rights
Published 6 books within a 15-month time period, 2006-2007
  • Georgetown University
    1991 - 1993
  • Stanford University
    1993 - 1994
  • Boston College
    1994 - 1998
  • UML and JSOU
    Professor, present
  • CTC at West Point
    Dir. Terrorism Studies, 2001 - 2010
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