Paul Cruickshank has reported extensively on al Qaeda, ISIS, and other Salafi Jihadi groups and regularly appears on-air as CNN’s Terrorism Analyst. He is the editor of “Al Qaeda” a five volume collection of critical writings on the terrorist network published by Routledge in 2012, which was described by a leading terrorism studies journal as “monumental … to date the most comprehensive resource published on the terrorist organization and its worldwide affiliates.” He is also the co-author of the 2014 book “Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA,” which has been optioned for a Hollywood movie, translated into eleven languages, and which the New York Times described as a “highly credible…both a rollicking read and a rare insider’s account of Western spying in the age of al Qaeda.”
Cruickshank’s research and writings have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including CTC Sentinel, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, and leading newspapers and magazines on both sides of the Atlantic. He has also contributed chapters to several academic publications in the field of counter-terrorism, and authored an introductory guide to al Qaeda. He was part of the CNN reporting team that covered the 2005 London bombings, and has covered almost every other major terrorism story since. He has also produced and co-produced several award winning documentaries on al Qaeda, including “Inside the Cell” (NBC, 2008) and “Double Agent” (CNN, 2014).
Cruickshank has degrees from Cambridge University and SAIS Johns Hopkins. Between 2006 and 2009 he was a research fellow at the Center on Law and Security at the NYU School of Law. He has also worked at the European Parliament in Brussels and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC.