Steven Emerson

  • Foremost Expert on Terrorism
  • Executive Director, The Investigative Project
  • Author

Widely recognized as perhaps the foremost expert on terrorism in the world, Steven Emerson is an award-winning investigative journalist and author who currently serves as the Executive Director of The Investigative Project, the largest intelligence and data-gathering center in the world on militant Islamic activities. He holds audiences spellbound as he reveals the frightening extent of terrorist networks across the United States and our world.

 
  

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Your contribution as the Banquet Speaker for the 50th Air Force Academy Assembly helped make the Assembly a tremendous success. Your speech provided a unique and outstanding end to a very successful conference. It was the perfect way to close the Assembly and gave the delegates and staff a great opportunity for reflection. Your knowledge, insight, and expertise in the area of 'Dismantling Terrorism: Developing Actionable Solutions to Today's Plague of Violence' proved to be extremely valuable and rewarding for the almost 200 delegates and senior participants from over 50 universities and 16 countries. The staff and delegates greatly enjoyed the personal interaction with you and the extensive wisdom that you contributed. The experience and knowledge gained by the Assembly's participants will likely shape America's future leaders and their perspectives.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Steven Emerson
  • Temple Israel, Memphis, TN
  • Gordon Jewish Community Center of Nashville.
  • American Friends of The Hebrew University
  • Gordon Jewish Community Center of Nashville
  • American Friends of Hebrew University, Palm Springs, CA
  • Jewish Endowment Foundation, New Orleans, LA
  • Greensboro Jewish Federation
  • Minneapolis Jewish Federation
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
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The Terrorists Living Among Us

Steve Emerson captivates his audiences with hitherto unknown information on terrorist cells, providing mesmerizing first hand accounts of secret terrorist meetings, training, and recruitment. ...

Steve Emerson captivates his audiences with hitherto unknown information on terrorist cells, providing mesmerizing first hand accounts of secret terrorist meetings, training, and recruitment.

Understanding Militant Islam: What do they Really Want?

Steve Emerson explains the motivating factors behind militant Islam and helps audiences understand the volatile relationships that have fostered their growth. ...

Steve Emerson explains the motivating factors behind militant Islam and helps audiences understand the volatile relationships that have fostered their growth.

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Biography

Steven Emerson is considered one of the leading authorities on Islamic extremist networks, financing and operations. He serves as the Executive Director of The Investigative Project on Terrorism, one of the world's largest storehouses of archival data and intelligence on Islamic and Middle Eastern terrorist groups. Emerson and his staff frequently provide briefings to U.S. government and law enforcement agencies, members of Congress and congressional committees, and print and electronic media, both national and international. Since 9-11, Emerson has testified before and briefed Congress dozens of times on terrorist financing and operational networks of Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, and the rest of the worldwide Islamic militant spectrum.

Emerson is the author or co-author of six books on terrorism and national security, including: Jihad Incorporated: A Guide to Militant Islam in the U.S. (Prometheus, 2006) American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us (The Free Press, 2002) Terrorist: The Inside Story of the Highest-Ranking Iraqi Terrorist Ever to Defect to the West (Villard Books /Random House, 1991) The Fall of Pan Am 103: Inside the Lockerbie Investigation (Putnam's Sons, 1990) Secret Warriors: Inside the Covert Military Operations of the Reagan Era (Putnam's Sons, 1988) The American House of Saud: The Secret Petrodollar Connection (Franklin Watts, 1985) He and his organization have been quoted or profiled in hundreds of newspaper and television stories since 9-11.

Emerson launched The Investigative Project on Terrorism in late 1995, following the broadcast of his documentary film, Jihad in America, on public television. The film exposed clandestine operations of militant Islamic terrorist groups on American soil. For the film, Emerson received numerous awards including the George Polk Award for best television documentary, one of the most prestigious awards in journalism. He also received the top prize from the Investigative Reporters and Editors Organization (IRE) for best investigative report in both print and television for the documentary. The award from IRE was the fourth he had received from that group. The documentary, which was featured on 60 Minutes, has become standard viewing for federal law enforcement and intelligence organizations.

Emerson is recognized as one of the first terrorism experts to have testified and warned about the threat of Islamic militant networks operating in the United States and their connections worldwide. In a pioneering congressional testimony delivered in 1998, he specifically warned about the threat of Osama Bin Laden's network. Nearly every one of the terrorist suspects and groups first identified in his 1994 film have been indicted, convicted, or deported since 9-11.