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Special Forces veteran and terrorism expert Brigadier General (ret.) Russell D. Howard—also an alumnus of the Monterey Institute—has been appointed as the new director of the Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program (MonTREP).

In addition to being the former director of the Jebsen Center for Counterterrorism Studies at the Fletcher School, General Howard was the head of the Department of Social Sciences and founding director of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. His previous positions include Army Chief of Staff Fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, and Commander of the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Lewis, Washington.

General Howard holds an MA in International Management from the Monterey Institute, as well as a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University. He is the co-author/editor of seven terrorism-related books published by McGraw-Hill, including Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Understanding the New Security Environment.

“Russ is exceptionally qualified to lead the Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program,” says MIIS President Sunder Ramaswamy. “His unique combination of practical experience in counterterrorism and personal history as a Monterey Institute alumnus should prove invaluable for our students.”

MonTREP conducts in-depth research, assesses and advises policy options, and engages in public education on issues relating to terrorism, counterterrorism and international security. Faculty associated with MonTREP teach courses in the Institute’s Master of Arts in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies program.

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