Danika Newlee is the program manager and research associate for the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where she analyzes global terrorism and insurgencies with a special focus on Salafi-jihadi organizations, foreign fighters, and the Middle East/North Africa region. Prior to joining CSIS, she conducted research for the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) as part of their Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States project, which studies extremists who perpetrate attacks domestically as well as those who travel to join foreign conflicts. Ms. Newlee also worked for the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department as part of its open-source intelligence team, during which time she was responsible for analyzing issues relating to international terrorism and organized crime activity in the region. Previously, she worked as a teaching assistant at Georgetown University and as a research assistant at the University of Southern California, where she analyzed and lectured on international relations theory and its application to modern foreign policy. Ms. Newlee holds a B.A. in international relations and psychology from the University of Southern California. She also holds an M.A. in security studies from Georgetown University, where she concentrated in terrorism and substate violence and completed a master’s thesis relating to trends in the American foreign fighter phenomenon.