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Coordinator for Counterterrorism, US Department of State

Bosch Fellow in Public Policy - Class of Spring 2004

Daniel Benjamin was sworn in as Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the Department of State with the rank of Ambassador-at-Large on May 28, 2009. At the time of his Academy fellowship, Benjamin was a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in the International Security Program. Prior to joining CSIS, in January 2001, he was Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the US Institute of Peace. From 1994 to 1999, he served on the National Security Council staff.


Before entering the government, Benjamin was Berlin bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal. He is a frequent columnist for the international edition of Time. He is a co-author of The Age of Sacred Terror (2002) which documents the rise of Al-Qaeda and religiously motivated terrorism, as well as America’s efforts to combat that threat. The Age of Sacred Terror was selected as a Notable Book of 2002 by the New York Times and the Washington Post.


Benjamin holds degrees from Harvard University and Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar. Benjamin was director of the Center on the United States and Europe and a Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution from December 2006 to May 2009. He is editor of America and the World in the Age of Terror: A New Landscape of in International Relations (CSIS, 2005).

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