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Colin Philip Clarke

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Senior Research Fellow, The Soufan Center


Colin P. Clarke is a Senior Research Fellow at The Soufan Center. Clarke is also an assistant teaching professor in the Institute for Politics and Strategy (IPS) at Carnegie Mellon University. Before coming to CMU, Clarke spent nearly a decade at the RAND Corporation where he was a senior political scientist focusing on terrorism, insurgency and criminal networks. At RAND, Clarke directed studies on ISIS financing, the future of terrorism and transnational crime, and lessons learned from all insurgencies between the end of WWII and 2009.

Clarke is an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) - The Hague and a non-resident fellow in the Program on National Security at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI). He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and several books, including Terrorism, Inc.: The Financing of Terrorism, Insurgency, and Irregular Warfare (ABC-CLIO, 2015) and After the Caliphate: The Islamic State and the Future Terrorist Diaspora (Polity, 2019). He also publishes frequently in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Lawfare, and many other policy-related journals and magazines.  Clarke serves on the editorial board of Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, and Perspectives on Terrorism.

Clarke appears frequently in the media to discuss terrorism and has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and many other media outlets, while also appearing on CBS News, Fox News, Bloomberg, and other television news programs. He has testified several times before the U.S. Congress as an expert witness on terrorism-related issues.

He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) in 2012, where he studied international security policy.