Bennett Clifford

Senior Research Fellow
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Bennett Clifford studies violent extremist movements and organizations in the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Balkans, and supporters of extremist groups in the United States. In addition, Bennett examines terrorists' adaptation of digital communications technologies for operational and strategic planning. He is the author of the Program on Extremism reports "The Travelers: American Jihadists in Syria and Iraq" and "Encrypted Extremism: Inside the English-Speaking Islamic State Ecosystem on Telegram," and his research is frequently featured in academic and popular publications, including the Atlantic, Lawfare, and the CTC Sentinel. Bennett provides assistance for The ISIS Files Project as well as for PoE's partnership with the Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET).

A graduate of Wake Forest University, Bennett previously held positions in several research organizations in the country of Georgia, where he researched Russian and Georgian-speaking militant Islamists. He is currently a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Bennett conducts research in English, Georgian, Russian, and Spanish.