Andrew Liepman

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Senior Policy Analyst
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B.S. in forestry, University of California, Berkeley

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Andrew Liepman is a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. He retired in August 2012 as the Principal Deputy Director of the National Counterterrorism Center after a career of more than 30 years in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He spent much of his career on Middle East and terrorism issues. He served for three years at the Department of State and in a variety of Intelligence Community assignments, including positions in the Nonproliferation Center and the National Intelligence Council. He was the Deputy Chief of CIA's Office of Near East and South Asian Analysis, the Deputy Director of the Office of Weapons Intelligence, Arms Control, and Nonproliferation, the Chief of the Office of Iraq Analysis, and the Deputy Chief of CIA's Counterterrorism Center. Immediately prior to joining RAND he served in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, first as the Deputy Director of NCTC for Intelligence and finally as the Principal Deputy. Liepman earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Berkeley.


  • A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes against ISIL targets Sept. 23, 2014

    War with ISIS: What Does Victory Look Like?

    We should start the campaign with an achievable definition of victory and a reasonable expectation about what that will take. We want to degrade ISIS so its ability to attack us and our interests is minimized, and to aid allies — particularly Iraqis and Middle Eastern governments who are willing to commit even limited forces.

    Sep 25, 2014 | CNN

  • Masked Sunni gunmen chant slogans during a protest against Iraq's Shiite-led government

    Fight Today's Terrorist Threat, Not Yesterday's

    Counterterrorism is not just about daring raids and drone strikes. It is about the hard work of collecting and sifting through vast amounts of information and managing relationships among organizations that often regard sharing information as an unnatural act.

    Feb 7, 2014 | U.S. News & World Report

  • Members of Islamist Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra man a checkpoint on the border crossing between Syria and Jordan

    Al Qaeda Is Down. Al Qaedism Isn't

    The counterterror campaign is a marathon run against a slowly declining revolutionary idea, al Qaedism, which will take many more years to stamp out fully. The U.S. should not lose sight of the fact that while 12 years of counterterrorism efforts have helped keep it safe, many more years of vigilance lie ahead.

    Jan 6, 2014 | CNN

  • A suspected al Qaeda militant holds his head as he stands with co-defendants behind bars at the state security court of appeals in Sanaa March 2013

    Whither al Qaeda: A 'Tri-alogue' with Brian Michael Jenkins, Seth Jones, and Andrew Liepman

    Recent comments by key U.S. lawmakers have again raised the issue of where the United States is in its campaign against al Qaeda. This has left some to wonder if the terrorism threat is increasing and if Americans are not as safe as they were a year or two ago. Three senior RAND analysts offer their take.

    Dec 10, 2013 | The RAND Blog

  • Supporters of Edward Snowden

    What Did Edward Snowden Get Wrong? Everything

    Unfortunately, during the Snowden affair, many news outlets have spent more time examining ways the government could abuse the information it has access to while giving scant mention to the lengths to which the intelligence community goes to protect privacy, writes Andrew Liepman.

    Aug 12, 2013 | Los Angeles Times

  • Boston Marathon bombings

    Forget What You Think You Know

    What's the difference if they ascribe this atrocity to a neo-Nazi, radical Islamist, or separatist anti-government ideology? Whatever their motive, they're cowardly murderers who need to be brought to justice, writes Andrew Liepman.

    Apr 19, 2013 | Foreign Policy

  • Timbuktu residents rally against control by Islamist group Ansar al-Din

    Al Qaeda Is Weak and Bungling—but Still Dangerous

    The swift march into Mali by a band of Islamist thugs demonstrates an efficient, opportunistic filling of a security vacuum more than an increase in jihadist power or influence, writes Andy Liepman.

    Feb 26, 2013 | U.S. News & World Report