- UML and JSOUProfessor, present
- CTC at West PointDir. Terrorism Studies, 2001 - 2010
James J.F. Forest, Ph.D. an associate professor 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.
Forest is the former 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 12
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.
He has published 12 books, including:
- Influence Warfare: How Terrorists and States Fight to Shape Perceptions (Praeger, 2009).
- Handbook of Defence Politics: International and Comparative Perspectives (Routledge, 2008, with Ike Wilson)
- Countering Terrorism and Insurgency in the 21st Century: International Perspectives (3 volumes: Praeger, 2007)
- Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism (McGraw-Hill, 2007, with Russell Howard)
- Teaching Terror: Strategic and Tactical Learning in the Terrorist World (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006)
- Homeland Security: Protecting America’s Targets (3 volumes: Praeger Security International, 2006)
- Oil and Terrorism in the New Gulf: U.S. Policy in West Africa and the Gulf of Guinea (Lexington, 2006, with Matt Sousa)
- The Making of a Terrorist: Recruitment, Training and Root Causes (3 volumes: Praeger, 2005)
- Homeland Security and Terrorism (McGraw-Hill, 2005, with Russell Howard and Joanne Moore).
Dr. Forest received his graduate degrees from Stanford University and Boston College, and undergraduate degrees from Georgetown University and De Anza College.
- Georgetown University1991 - 1993
- Stanford University1993 - 1994
- Boston College1994 - 1998