Barbara Sude

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

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Barbara Sude is an adjunct political scientist and former senior researcher at the RAND Corporation, where she has specialized in counterterrorism and radicalization, counterinsurgency, and intelligence analysis. She joined RAND after more than 30 years with the U.S. Government, where she was part of the small cadre of pre-9/11 analysts on al-Qaida and followed the group as a senior analyst at both CIA's Counterterrorism Center and the National Counterterrorism Center. Before working on terrorism, she analyzed political Islam and countries of the Near East and Sub-Saharan Africa. Sude received her B.S. in Arabic studies from Georgetown University and her Ph.D. in Near Eastern studies with a concentration in Islamic intellectual history 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

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)

Barbara Sude, "Assessing Al-Qa'ida Central's Resilience," CTC Sentinel, 8(9):9-12, 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

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