Barbara Sude

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Adjunct Political Scientist
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Education

Ph.D. in Near Eastern studies, Princeton University; B.S. in Arabic studies, Georgetown University

Media Resources

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Overview

Barbara Sude is an adjunct political scientist at the RAND Corporation. She served more than 30 years with the U.S. Government, where she specialized in analysis of terrorism, political Islam, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East. As an adjunct researcher and former senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, Sude most recently focused on counterterrorism, refugees, and asymmetric warfare. She has given several public presentations and media interviews on counterterrorism issues and is the lead author of Lessening the Risk of Refugee Radicalization: Lessons for the Middle East from Past Crises (RAND Corporation, 2015) and co-author of Knowing the Enemy: Understanding the Islamic State and Principles for Defeating It (RAND 2017) and An Economic Analysis of the Financial Records of al-Qa'ida in Iraq (RAND Corporation, 2010). She received her B.S. in Arabic from Georgetown University and her Ph.D. in Near Eastern studies from Princeton University.

Recent Projects

  • Economic analysis of the financial records of al-Qa'ida in Iraq
  • Lessening the Risk of Refugee Radicalization: Lessons for the Middle East from Past Crises
  • Knowing the Enemy: Understanding the Islamic State and Principles for Defeating It

Selected Publications

Sude, Barbara, David Stebbins, Sarah Weilant, Lessening the Risk of Refugee Radicalization: Lessons for the Middle East from Past Crises, RAND Corporation (PE-166), 2015 (forthcoming)

Bahney, Benjamin, Howard J. Shatz, Carroll Ganier, Renny McPherson, Barbara Sude, Sara Beth Elson, and Ghassan Schbley, An Economic Analysis of the Financial Records of al-Qa'ida in Iraq, RAND Corporation (MG-1026), 2010

Barbara Sude, "Assessing Al-Qa'ida Central's Resilience," CTC Sentinel, 8(9), 2015

Barbara Sude, "Al-Qaeda Central: An Assessment of the Threat Posed by the Terrorist Group Headquartered on the Afghanistan-Pakistan Border," New America Foundation, Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative Policy Papers, 2010

Terrence K. Kelly, James Dobbins, Barbara Sude, and Ben Connable , Knowing the Enemy: Understanding the Islamic State and Principles for Defeating It, RAND Corporation (PE-200)

Publications