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Stephen Tankel

Asia Program

Contact Information:
T 202/691-4005 // F 202/691-4001
Military History
South Asia
Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs, American University
Jul 17, 2012
Aug 30, 2012


Stephen Tankel is an assistant professor at American University,

non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International

Peace, and adjunct staff member at the RAND Corporation. He

specializes in international security with a focus on political and

military affairs in South Asia; transnational threats, especially

insurgency and terrorism; and U.S. foreign and defense policies

related to these issues. Professor Tankel has published widely on

these issues and has conducted field research on conflicts and

militancy in Algeria, Bangladesh, India, Lebanon, Pakistan, and the

Balkans. Columbia University Press published his book, Storming the

World Stage: The Story of Lashkar-e-Taiba, in 2011. His forthcoming

book examines jihadist-state relations pre- and post-9/11. Professor

Tankel is on the editorial board of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism

and is a senior editor of the web magazine War on the Rocks. He

is frequently asked to advise U.S. policymakers and practitioners on

security challenges in South Asia and threats from Islamist militancy

around the world. Dr. Tankel received his PhD in War Studies from

King’s College London, and holds an MSc from the London School of

Economics and a BS from Cornell University. Some of the research

for this report and for his forthcoming book was conducted during

summer 2012 when Professor Tankel was a Public Policy Scholar at

the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Major Publications

Storming the World Stage: The Story of Lashkar-e-Taiba. New York, NY:Columbia University Press. 2011.


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