Following are experts who are available to discuss various aspects of the death of Osama bin Laden, including the impact on al-Qaida, implications to national security, the psychological impact, political implications and more. Additional updates will be posted on Wednesday. We have also started a Twitter list on this topic. You can view that here.
**1. Zachary Roth, senior national affairs reporter for The Lookout, Yahoo!'s national affairs blog, can speak to the unfolding events surrounding the death of Osama bin Laden. He is a contributing editor to The Washington Monthly, and has also worked at Talking Points Memo and Columbia Journalism Review. In addition, he has written for The New Republic, The Daily Beast, Slate, Salon, and other outlets, and has appeared on MSNBC, NPR and C-SPAN. He was born in London, graduated from Yale University, and currently lives with his wife in Brooklyn, N.Y. You can read his column on Yahoo! News here. News Contact: Becky Auslander, email@example.com Phone:+1-212-381-6909
**2. Holly Bailey, a senior political writer for Yahoo! News, can speak to the unfolding events surrounding the death of Osama bin Laden and what it will mean for President Obama’s re-election bid. Previously, she was the White House correspondent for Newsweek, covering George W. Bush’s second term and the first year of Obama’s presidency. In 2008, she was the magazine’s lead reporter on the GOP presidential race, covering Fred Thompson, Mike Huckabee and John McCain. She has written for Slate, Salon, Entertainment Weekly, Chicago Tribune and the Washington City Paper. She is based in the NYC area. You can read her column on Yahoo! News here. News Contact: Becky Auslander, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone:+1-212-381-6909
**3. Heather Cabot, Yahoo! Web Life editor, can speak to the online trends we are seeing related to this story, including numbers. Searches on Yahoo! for all things related to Osama bin Laden are spiking, including searches for his family, a map of Pakistan, American flags and more. Cabot can share what details the country is most interested in. In her position as Web Life editor, Cabot combines her reporting background with an everywoman approach to spot Web trends and advocate for consumers. She is a former network news anchor and lifestyle blogger who provides practical tips and perspective on how technology is reshaping our day-to-day lives. She has appeared on the “Today” show, “The Martha Stewart Show,” “The Rachael Ray Show,” “The Early Show,” “Fox & Friends” and more. She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of The Well Mom (www.thewellmom.com), a new weekly e-zine that empowers and inspires moms to better care for themselves. News Contacts: Carolyn Clark, email@example.com Phone: +1-917-324-7206, or Beth Florina, Beth.firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-312-255-3074 Twitter: @YahooSearchData
**4. Thomas Gibson, professor of anthropology at the University of Rochester, has taught on Islam and global politics for the past decade in response to Sept. 11: “Al-Qaida is a decentralized network of religiously inspired revolutionaries who failed to achieve their objectives in their home countries and were kept alive by the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, because it made the U.S. appear as the greatest threat to ordinary Muslims rather than their own corrupt governments. Recent pro-democracy uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, and Syria have made both ‘U.S. imperialism’ and radical Islamic revolutionaries seem less relevant to ordinary people. It is now clear to most observers that Arab dictators have been using the threat of Islamic extremism as an excuse to extract resources from the U.S. to maintain their power. So-called terrorist groups in South Asia are a different matter, and many of them are, in fact, tactical fronts for the Pakistani military's struggle with India. There is good evidence that the Pakistani military has deliberately played both sides in the Afghan civil war to extract military resources from Washington. The fact that bin Laden's villa in Abbotabad was just two miles from the Pakistani Military Academy and just 30 miles from the capital of Pakistan indicates that they have probably been using him as a bargaining chip for the past 10 years. The Obama administration may well use this as an opportunity to decrease its profile in the region, and Pakistan may turn to China, its other traditional ally in its confrontation with India. The Bush administration's attempt to cast foreign policy as driven by a ‘Global War on Terror’ can perhaps be finally laid to rest along with Osama bin Laden.” News Contact: Susan Hagen, email@example.com Phone: +1-585-276-4061
**5. Mark Ensalaco, director of the Human Rights Studies Program at the University of Dayton: "The hand of justice may not be swift, but it is sure. Bin Laden chose violence but died violently. However, I conclude in my book this will not end until senior clerics preach that blowing yourselves up in the name of martyrdom and Islam isn't acceptable. Bin Laden is dead, but his movement is dying as well. Everywhere he preached his message has turned into a disaster for him. You see that in the pro-democracy movements in the Middle East. I would advise President Obama not to show the photos. That's beneath us." Ensalaco is the author of “Middle Eastern Terrorism: From Black September to September 11.” He has taught Political Science 452 – “the terrorism course" -- since 1989, started a concentration in peace and global security at the University of Dayton, and speaks regularly about political violence. He has experience with national print, radio and TV media. News Contact: Shawn Robinson: Shawn.Robinson@notes.udayton.edu Phone: +1-937-229-3391
**6. Sean Kay, Ph.D., politics and government professor at Ohio Wesleyan University, NATO expert, and author of “Global Security in the Twenty-first Century: The Quest for Power and the Search for Peace,” says the outcome “is a great testament to the military and civilians who have kept vigilance on attacking bin Laden, but reveals serious questions about what bin Laden was doing so well-protected in Pakistan, serious questions as to why military forces should remain in Afghanistan, and a major need to divert resources from Afghanistan to supporting the revolutionary moment in Egypt and beyond – where the war on terrorism has really been won.” At Ohio Wesleyan, Kay serves as chair of the International Studies Program and teaches courses on global issues, American foreign policy and international organizations. He also is a Mershon Associate at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University. News Contact: Cole E. Hatcher, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-740-203-6908
**7. Dr. Steve Yetiv, professor of political science and international studies, Old Dominion University, is an expert on global oil security, including American foreign policy, the Middle East, terrorism and solutions to global oil dependence. His forthcoming book, “The Petroleum Triangle” (October 2011), explores how oil and globalization mixed to produce the al-Qaida threat. That threat had been decreasing in some ways and now more so with Osama bin Laden’s death, but it remains because, as the book says: "Al-Qaida affiliates, in particular, were the greatest threat to the United States. The status of these affiliates in relation to the original core organization is not fully clear, but they often appear to act like franchises of al-Qaida, with varying levels of allegiance to, direction from, and inspiration by the core al-Qaida group." News Contact: Susan Malandrino, email@example.com Phone: +1-757-683-4683 Website: www.odu.edu/~syetiv
**8. Kevin Sweder, professor of forensic science, Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute, is an expert on DNA identification. Sweder's basic research in the areas of genetic toxicology, DNA repair and genomic stability form the foundation for his extensive expertise in applying that research to the development of new biochemical tools for bioforensic and bioterrorism detection to bolster national security efforts. Sweder's research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the New Jersey State Commission on Cancer, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Center of Excellence at Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. News Contact: Judy Holmes, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-315-443-8085 Website: forensics.syr.edu
**9. Dr. Joseph Skelly, professor of history, College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, N.Y., is a nationally recognized expert on terrorism and the Middle East. He is the author of several books, including “Political Islam From Muhammad to Ahmadinejad” (2010). Skelly’s articles are widely published in such publications as the Washington Times, and he frequently contributes to the online version of National Review. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his “exceptionally meritorious service” in Iraq, and he served as a Foundation for Defense of Democracies Fellow and participated in an intensive anti-terrorism program for a highly selective group of academics in 2003-2004. News Contact: Erin Walsh, email@example.com Phone: +1-718-405-3345
**10. Kiron K. Skinner, associate professor of social and decision sciences at Carnegie Mellon University and director of its Center for International Relations and Politics, is one of the country's most renowned experts in international relations and U.S. foreign policy. Skinner serves on the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Executive Panel, the National Security Education Board and the Council on Foreign Relations. From 2001-2007, she was a member of the U.S. Defense Department's Defense Policy board as an adviser on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. News Contact: Shilo Raube, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-412-268-6094 Twitter: @CMU_HSS
**11. Dr. Bradley Thayer, professor of political science at Baylor University: "Osama bin Laden’s death has a large symbolic impact, because he was a huge figurehead, the soul of al-Qaida. This is a great victory for the U.S. But practically speaking, after Sept. 11, his time was past. Although he still had the ability to inform targets and attacks, al-Qaida has gotten used to operating independently, so this is a modest practical blow." Thayer said Islamic terrorists will be angered by United States celebrations of bin Laden’s death, but nevertheless, “it’s right and proper that the American people celebrate. However, we should recognize this is a long struggle, and there are many battles to come in this war on Islamic terrorists." Thayer has briefed the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment, as well as other components of the Department of Defense, and served as a consultant to the Rand Corporation. He has taught at Missouri State University’s Department of Defense and Strategic Studies, a department located in the Washington, D.C. From 2004-2008, he was an associate editor of Politics and the Life Sciences, the scholarly journal of the Association for Politics and the Life Sciences, to whose executive council he was elected in 2005. He focuses on international politics, including international relations theory; grand strategy; United States national security policy generally and nuclear deterrence, proliferation, and terrorism specifically; the rise of China; NATO and transatlantic relations; and insights derived from the life sciences into political-behavioral topics, including the origins of war and ethnic conflict and the dynamics of suicide terrorism. Thayer has been a Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and has taught at Dartmouth College and the University of Minnesota. News Contact: Terry Goodrich, email@example.com Phone: +1-254-710-3321 or +1-254-644-4155 Website: www.baylor.edu/news Twitter: @BaylorUMediaCom
**12. Elan Journo, Fellow in foreign policy at the Ayn Rand Institute and the director ARI's Policy division, is available immediately for interviews. Journo’s book, “Winning the Unwinnable War,” looks at what went wrong with America's response to Sept. 11, and what we should do going forward in the face of an Islamist threat. He has appeared on Fox News Channel, PBS and NPR affiliates, and numerous nationally syndicated radio programs, including “The Thom Hartmann Program.” He has been a guest commentator on Front Page with Allen Barton on PJTV.com. Video clips: arc-tv.com/irans-viral-infection and arc-tv.com/dealing-with-iran News Contacts: Mark Goldman, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-516-639-0988, or Ryan McCormick, Ryan@goldmanmccormick.com Phone: +1-516-901-1103
**13. Michael Barnes, attorney and political policy advisor with DCBA Law & Policy in Washington, D.C.: “The United States needed this victory to remind it of the strength of our will.” Barnes comments on a regular basis on “Fox & Friends,” RT TV, HLN and various radio outlets. Video clip: tinyurl.com/3asgjnn News Contacts: Mark Goldman, email@example.com Phone: +1-516-639-0988, or Ryan McCormick, Ryan@goldmanmccormick.com Phone: +1-516-901-1103
**14. David Selig is an NYC businessman whose business was affected by Sept. 11, and a former Marine. He has been seen on “Fox & Friends” and CBS, and has been heard on radio all over the U.S. News Contacts: Mark Goldman, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-516-639-0988, or Ryan McCormick, Ryan@goldmanmccormick.com Phone: +1-516-901-1103
**15. Frank Farley, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Educational Psychology at Temple University and former president of the American Psychological Association, can discuss the psychological impact of the death of Osama bin Laden, including closure for many, as well as those who did not lose friends or loved ones; reduction in personal fear level for some; anger in some for what it has cost this nation to get him; increased pressure to get out of Afghanistan; pride in military; conspiracy theorists who will ask where his body is; increase in the positive atmosphere surrounding the developments in Middle East (e.g., Egypt, Tunisia) and the spread of freedom; and another major enemy of freedom gone. News Contact: Preston M. Moretz, email@example.com Phone: +1-215-204-4380 Website: www.temple.edu/newsroom Twitter: @TempleU_SciTech
**16. Gary W. Bowersox, world-renowned traveler and one of the few Americans who know Afghanistan and Pakistan like the back of his hand, has said for years that bin Laden could not have remained "hidden" this long without major support from politically connected "friends.” Bowersox has traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan every year for 35 years buying gems for sale worldwide, and is the author of “The Gem Hunter, True Adventures of an American in Afghanistan.” He served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense shortly after Sept. 11. The Department of Defense wanted to know about Afghanistan -- where the landmines were, the tunnels, where the troops were, and who's who in the Northern Alliance and where their loyalties lay. Few Americans have his depth of knowledge about the people, the war and the potential future of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Bowersox was personal friends with the late Ahmed Shah Massoud, the Northern Alliance leader bin Laden had assassinated a few days before the events of Sept. 11. News Contact: Scott Lorenz, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-734-667-2090 Website: www.thegemhunters.com
**17. Pvt. Christopher Durante, Army combat engineer, can discuss the death of bin Laden. The attack on Sept. 11 inspired Durante to join the Army, and he documents the brutal truth of the war in his photo documentary book, “330 Days: The Uncensored War in Iraq,” which is filled with photos taken by American soldiers. News Contact: Kelly Brady, KB@BrandswayCreative.com, Alex Ingenito, AI@brandswaycreative.com, or Tyler Burrow, TB@Brandswaycreative.com Phone: +1-212-966-7900
**18. Dr. Sheila Carapico, professor of political science and international studies, University of Richmond, is a specialist on Yemen, known for years as an al-Qaida operations center, and has been on sabbatical teaching at the American University of Cairo in Egypt (staying during the protests and fall of the Egyptian government). She is watching events in the Arab world very closely. News Contact: Linda Evans, email@example.com Phone: +1-804-289-8056
**19. Pete W. Moore, associate professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University: “The killing of Osama bin Laden is more important for politics in Washington, D.C., than events in the Middle East and wider Muslim world. Bin Laden and his organization were never a serious political or social force in the region, as assumed by leaders in Washington and the dwindling number of Arab autocrats and monarchs who today cling to power. What gave his organization prominence was the claim by Washington and its allies that al-Qaida was behind so many threats to the U.S., the majority of which turned out not to be so. Sadly, that hype was used to justify deadly decisions to invade and bomb numerous countries, imprison and torture people, and curb the rights of American citizens.” News Contact: Susan Griffith, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-216-368-1004 Website: politicalscience.case.edu/faculty/moore/
**20. Robert W. Taylor, Ph.D., is adjunct professor of criminology at the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas and the executive director of the W.W. Caruth Jr. Police Institute at Dallas. Taylor has studied police responses to terrorism, focusing on issues in the Middle East. He is a consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice working with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research and acts as a lead instructor in the State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training Program responsible for training law enforcement and other related professionals (specifically, the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces and the DEA High Intensity Drug-Trafficking Area Strike Forces) on Middle Eastern groups. He is also an instructor for the U.S. Department of State, Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program and teaches internationally to executives of foreign governments, and has authored or co-authored over 200 articles, books and manuscripts. Taylor was awarded the University of North Texas Regent's Lecture Award for 2003 for his work in the Middle East; most recently, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences presented Taylor with the 2008 O.W. Wilson Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to police education, research and practice. News Contact: Emily Martinez, email@example.com Phone: +1-972-883-4335
**21. Raymond F. Hanbury Jr., Ph.D., is part of the American Psychological Association’s Disaster Response Network. He participated in response activities to Sept. 11 in the New York/New Jersey area. He has also participated in a number of federal disaster exercises/drills. He is a member of the Disaster Medical System, Disaster Medical Assistance Team for New Jersey. He is a private practitioner and a consultant to police departments. He is based in Manasquan, N.J. Hanbury: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
**22. Gerard Jacobs, Ph.D., director of Disaster Mental Health Institute, University of South Dakota, participated in response efforts following Sept. 11. He is an internationally renowned disaster mental health expert and has been teaching the subject for more than 15 years. He is often tapped to consult with U.S. federal agencies and other international organizations. Jacobs: firstname.lastname@example.org
**23. Laura Barbanel, Ph.D., private practice, taught at the School of Education, CUNY - Brooklyn College, School Psychology program. She has been active in the psychological work in the aftermath of Sept. 11 in New York City, and has trained others to do trauma work. She was involved in the design and development of the “Firehouse Project,” whereby clinicians were assigned to firehouses that lost members on Sept. 11. She also co-chaired the APA taskforce on Promoting Resilience in the Response to Terrorism. She is located in Brooklyn, N.Y. Barbanel: email@example.com
**24. Sheila Erlich, Ph.D., private practice, supervises interns at Mt. Sinai Hospital as part of their psychotherapy training, and can discuss trauma, Holocaust survivors and bereavement. Erlich did some counseling for Sept. 11 terrorism victims. Erlich: firstname.lastname@example.org
**25. Carol Goldberg, Ph.D., president, Getting Ahead Programs, can discuss Sept. 11 issues, PTSD, resilience; psychological testing, including learning disabilities; psychological reaction to news events. Since 2001, Goldberg has been host and producer of her own TV show, "Dr. Carol Goldberg & Company," a weekly interview show on health topics. She is located in Syosset, N.Y. Goldberg: email@example.com Websites: www.DrCarolGoldberg.com and www.GettingAheadPrograms.com
**26. Susan Lipkins, is a psychologist and CEO of Reel Psychology, LLC, has been in private practice for 20 years and is also a school psychologist. She can discuss the effects of Sept. 11 on children and adults, and those directly and indirectly affected. She is located in Port Washington, N.Y. Lipkins: firstname.lastname@example.org Websites: www.insidehazing.com and www.realpsychology.com
**27. The following experts from American University are available to provide expertise and commentary on President Obama’s announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death, the Middle East, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Abbottabad region, terrorism, al-Qaida, Islamabad, social/political reaction about justice, freedom and democracy, Ground Zero, World Trade Center, Pentagon and more:
-- Akbar Ahmed, the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, has been called “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam” by the BBC. The former Pakistani Ambassador to England, he has advised General Petraeus, the late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and met with Presidents Obama and George W. Bush, in addition to other high-ranking officials: “This is a seminal moment in 21st century history. America finally has closure for Sept. 11 and has no real reason to stay in Afghanistan, and the Muslim world can now see Osama bin Laden’s method brought nothing but death and destruction. The way ahead is to strive for democracy and dignity as in Arab revolutions. As for Pakistan-U.S. relations, I suggest there is more to it than meets the eye. It was in interest of both to say this was a U.S. operation and Pakistan did not know about the mission. This is a significant moment for both U.S. and Muslim leaders and gives new, more hopeful direction to world.”
-- Jordan Tama, assistant professor, School of International Service, is an expert in security strategy, terrorism, intelligence, Congress, the presidency and advisory commissions. He is the author of “Terrorism and National Security Reform: How Commissions Can Drive Change During Crises” (Cambridge University Press, 2011): “The killing of bin Laden is a great achievement for the United States and great news for the world. We owe thanks to all of our public servants who have worked so hard in a very difficult environment to track and capture or kill him over the past decade. The fight against al-Qaida is far from over, but this is a big step forward in the dismantlement of its central leadership.”
-- Kristin Diwan, assistant professor of comparative and regional studies, School of International Service, is an expert in Middle East politics, Arab politics, Gulf politics, politics of Islamic finance, political economy of Islamism; specifically, how Islamic political movements build support and further social Islamization through the economy. Diwan’s most recent project entails researching the social and institutional origins of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Gulf region.
-- Diane Singmern, associate professor, Department of Government, is an expert on Middle East politics, urbanism in the Middle East, youth in the Middle East, gender politics, marriage and its financial costs in the Middle East, the informal economy, economic and political development, Islamist activism, religion and politics, social movements, and studies of resistance. She can speak Arabic.
-- Gordan Adams, professor of U.S. foreign policy, is a former legislative director to President Clinton and can discuss national security policy and the defense policy process: “The U.S. made Osama bin Laden in the 1980s; the U.S. has taken him off the stage 25 years later. He became the symbolic focus of a major deployment of American force into the Middle East and South Asia. While he may be gone, the consequences of that deployment will be with us for decades to come.”
-- Allan Lichtman, professor, Department of History, is an expert in public opinion and politics. Known for his “13 keys” system, which allows him to predict the outcome of the popular vote solely on historical factors, Lichtman has predicted another Obama win in 2012.
-- Danny Hayes, assistant professor of government, and Fellow, Center for Professional and Presidential Studies, can discuss political behavior and political communication in American politics, public opinion, political participation and the media.
-- Leonard Steinhorn, professor, School of Communication, can discuss politics, and the media’s role in politics and elections. He teaches politics, strategic communication, and courses on the presidency.
-- Jane Hall, associate professor, School of Communication, is a former media reporter for the Los Angeles Times. She is an expert on media issues, and can provide insight on politics and the media, and young people and politics.
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