Mr. Don Rassler
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Don Rassler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. His research interests are focused on the Haqqani network, the early history of al-Qa`ida and understanding the changing dynamics of Afghanistan’s and Pakistan’s militant landscapes. Rassler has advised a number of operational units and been interviewed by various media outlets. He is the co-author of Fountainhead of Jihad: The Haqqani Nexus, 1973-2012, a book released by Oxford University Press in 2013.
Prior to joining the CTC, Rassler worked on intelligence, defense reform and NATO transformation projects for the Department of Defense as a Senior Consultant at Detica. He holds an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a B.S. from the University of Oregon.