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Quintan Wiktorowicz

Internationally recognized author and expert on national security engagement and counter-terrorism, former White House security advisor.

Quintan Wiktorowicz, Ph.D.

Dr. Quintan Wiktorowicz works with CEOs and senior leaders to leverage high impact outreach and engagement, partnerships, and innovation to create opportunities and manage risk. He is an internationally recognized author and expert on national security engagement and counter-terrorism and served in two senior positions at the White House, where he led efforts to advance national security partnerships and innovation at home and abroad. Prior to joining the White House, Dr. Wiktorowicz developed ground breaking counter-radicalization initiatives for the Intelligence Community and the Department of State. Before his government service, he was a social movement theorist and one of America’s leading academics on the Muslim World.

Dr. Wiktorowicz served as the White House’s first Senior Director for Community Partnerships at the National Security Council, focused on maximizing the federal government’s capacity to collaborate with businesses, civil society, and the American public to address homeland security priorities. In this position, he led a committee involving 22 agencies to support cross-sector collaboration for homeland security priorities and helped pioneer the use of private sector innovation practices—such as crowd sourcing and human-centered design—at the National Security Council.

Dr. Wiktorowicz also served as the Senior Director for Global Engagement at the White House, where he planned, directed, and coordinated national security engagement policies that leveraged diplomacy, communications, development assistance, and community outreach. He developed the country’s first national strategy for countering violent extremism and was responsible for U.S. Government partnerships with Muslim communities throughout the world in areas of mutual interest, including security, science and technology, education, health, and entrepreneurship.

Prior to his roles at the White House, Dr. Wiktorowicz was a senior advisor for the U.S. Embassy in London and established the Department of State’s first embassy-based counter-radicalization program, focused on partnering with Muslim communities at the grassroots level to counter violent extremism. The program has since been expanded to multiple countries and regions.

He has served as chair of the Interagency Intelligence Subcommittee on Radicalization and was a senior analyst in the Intelligence Community, where he supported counter-terrorism operations and helped build the U.S. Government's analytic capabilities for countering violent extremism.

Dr. Wiktorowicz received his Ph.D. in political science from American University, studied Islam in Cairo with an al-Azhar shaykh, and conducted fieldwork on violent extremism in Jordan and the UK, where he witnessed radicalization first hand. He was a Fulbright Scholar; professor at Rhodes College, Dartmouth College, and Shippensburg University; and Scholar-in-Residence in the Intelligence Community. He has published three peer-reviewed books, an award winning audio book, and 33 articles and book chapters on the Muslim World and national security issues, including terrorism, Islamic movements, democratization, civil society, nongovernmental organizations, and economic liberalization.

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Shedding Light on the Threat of Terrorism at Qatar's 2022 World Cup

Citing a confidential assessment by former South African police chief Andre Pruis, British media is trying to make the case that Qatar is too vulnerable to terrorism to serve as host. As someone who has worked on counter-terrorism issues for nearly 20 years, I find this argument wrong for three key reasons.
24/06/2014 17:51 BST