Eric Rosand

Guest Author

Eric Rosand (@RosandEric) is Executive Director of the Strong Cities Network, a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London, and a Visiting Senior Fellow at The Soufan Center, where he is co-leading the Securing the Future Initiative (SFI). Until March 2016, he served in the Obama administration as a senior counterterrorism official in the U.S. Department of State. Among other roles, he was the international policy coordinator for the 2015 White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism and its follow-on process. During his six years at the State Department, he spearheaded the development and launch of a number of international counterterrorism and P/CVE initiatives, including the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund, Hedayah, the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ), and the Strong Cities Network.

From 2006 to 2010, he was a co-director of the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation (now the Global Center on Cooperative Security), and served as a Non-Resident Fellow at New York University’s Center for International Cooperation. Rosand also has served in the State Department’s Office of the Legal Advisor and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. He represented the United States on the UN Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee from 2002-2005. He also serves on the advisory boards of a number of organizations, including the IIJ, RESOLVE, and Women Without Borders.

A former Non Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rosand’s writings have appeared in publications including the American Journal of International Law, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Just Security, Lawfare, Order from Chaos, Time, and War on the Rocks. He is co-author, with Alistair Millar, of “Allied Against Terrorism: What’s Needed to Strengthen Worldwide Commitment” (Century, 2006), which served as the blueprint for what became the GCTF. He holds a BA in history from Haverford College, a JD from Columbia University School of Law, and an LLM (Hons) in international law from Cambridge University. He is also on LinkedIn.

Articles by this author:

Extended Detention Compounds Trauma for Thousands of Child Victims of Terrorism in Syria Camps

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Nov 1st, 2023

Preventing Violent Extremism in Africa: The Overlooked Role of Mayors and the Governments They Lead

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Sep 9th, 2022

An Undefined Defining Moment: Marking 20 Years of Counterterrorism Without Ever Agreeing What Terrorism Is


Nov 4th, 2021

Twenty Years After 9/11, the US Needs a Better Strategy to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism


May 6th, 2021

Revitalize US Multilateral Engagement on Counterterrorism and Violent Extremism as Well


Mar 3rd, 2021

Militarized Counterterrorism in Africa: Moving Beyond a Failed Approach

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Oct 30th, 2020

Repatriating ISIS Family Members: A North Macedonia Model?

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Sep 14th, 2020

The Odd Couple at the Center of the U.N.’s Counterterrorism Growth

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Jul 8th, 2020

The U.N. Needs Help Sustaining the Global Approach to Violent Extremism


Apr 7th, 2020

CVE’s Relevance and Challenges: Central Asia as Surprising Snapshot


Jan 7th, 2020

Nearly 20 Years Later: It’s Time to Reset Our Approach to Countering Terrorism

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Nov 14th, 2019

To Avoid Future “El Pasos” and “Daytons,” It’s Time to Invest in Prevention

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Aug 7th, 2019

Repatriating ISIS Families: An Opportunity to Show that “Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism” Can Work

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Jun 14th, 2019

Christchurch Calls and Washington Isn’t Answering


May 17th, 2019

The 116th Congress and Preventing Extremist Violence: Look North for Guidance


Jan 3rd, 2019

Current Global CVE Agenda Is a Mixed Bag, But Don’t Throw It Out

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Oct 10th, 2018

Win the Battle, Lose the War: How the U.S. Can Sustain Counterterrorism Gains

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Jun 28th, 2018

Want to Stop Homegrown Attacks? Start With Locally-Driven Violence Prevention

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Dec 15th, 2017

The Resignation of George Selim and the Implications for CVE in the U.S.


Aug 4th, 2017

UN Counterterrorism Reform Overlooks Crucial Partner

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Apr 24th, 2017

Trump’s Muddled Message on Human Rights and Security

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Apr 7th, 2017

The Global Counterterrorism Forum–Multilateralism that Even Trump Should Like

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Mar 3rd, 2017

Preventing Violent Extremism in 2017 and Beyond: Fading or Renewed UN and U.S. Leadership?

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Nov 16th, 2016