Assaf has provided lectures, briefings, and consultations to a variety of academic, government, policy, and private sector audiences in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. He lectures broadly on the dynamics within and between terrorist actors, with a focus on the global jihad. Lecture and briefing topics include:


  • Global Jihad – Current state and future trends and patterns
  • Al Qaeda and the Islamic State
  • The evolution of terrorism and terrorist actors
  • The relationship between terrorism, insurgency, and civil war
  • Suicide terrorism
  • Counterterrorism
  • Cooperation and competition among terrorist actors
  • Domestic terrorism and violent extremism in the United States


Inquiries and invitations can be sent via email to assafm at hotmail.com.

Select Lectures (for a full list, see Assaf’s CV)

  • The Future of Global Terrorism, Lecture sponsored by the Columbia Association for Foreign Affairs, Columbia University, New York, November 26, 2018
  • Nexus of Global Jihad, Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), University of Maryland, October 24, 2018
  • Stabilizing the Fertile Crescent after the Fall of the Caliphate, Panel Participation at an event sponsored by the Foreign Policy Research Institute, National Press Club, Washington, DC, July 11, 2018
  • The Nexus between Terrorism, Insurgency, and Civil War, Intervention at the Forum on Terrorism & Security Governance, School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, June 22, 2018
  • The Evolution of Cooperation among Terrorist Actors: Patterns, Case Studies, and Counterterrorism Responses, Executive Training Seminar in Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Security Governance: Actors, Strategies and Modus Operandi, School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute (EUI), June 21, 2018
  • “Rethinking Proxy Violence,” Presentation at a Workshop onUnderstanding Proxy Violence in the Arab World and Beyond’, Center on National Security at Fordham Law School (CNS), Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, New York, April 24-25, 2018
  • Nexus of Global Jihad, Lecture at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, April 3, 2018
  • Nexus of Global Jihad, Lecture at the International Security Studies Program (ISSP) Seminar, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, March 12, 2018
  • Nexus of Global Jihad, Lecture at the Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED), United Nations, New York, NY, USA, January 11, 2018
  • Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, Dec 4, 2017
  • Center on Terrorism, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY, USA, December 1, 2017
  • UMass Lowell, Lowell, MA, USA, November 27, 2017.
  • Participation in Roundtable on “Understanding Proxy Violence in the Arab World and Beyond: The Role of State and Non-State Actors,” Fordham Center on National Security, Fordham University, New York, USA, November 20, 2017.
  • Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia, PA, USA, November 2, 2017.
  • 8th International Defence and HLS Expo (ISDEF) Conference, Tel Aviv, Israel, June 7, 2017.
  • 2Day Ambassador Conference, Lauder Reut Educational Complex, Bucharest, Romania, March 30, 2017.
  • Participation in Roundtable on “The Islamic State Organization: Current Trends and Potential Developments, Israeli Intelligence Heritage and Commemoration Center, Ramat Hasharon, Israel, March 24, 2017.
  • National Defense University, Washington, DC, USA, June 28, 2016.
  • The European Forum at Hebrew University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, May 9, 2016.
  • Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, February 1, 2016
  • International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), Kings College London, London, United Kingdom, December 1, 2015.
  • CEVRO Institut, Prague, Czech Republic, March 19, 2015
  • Department of Social Sciences, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, USA, February 17, 2015
  • National School of Administration and Political Science (SNSPA), Bucharest, Romania, May 23, 2012
  • National Defence University of Romania ‘Carol I’ (NDU), Bucharest, Romania, May 23, 2012
  • Center for Iranian Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel, March 4, 2012
  • Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee, Tsemach, Israel, December 15, 2011