Author Daniel Byman graduated from Amherst in 1989 and has become one of the foremost experts on U.S. counterterrorism and Middle East security. He served on the 9/11 Commission and the Central Intelligence Agency, and regularly writes for major media outlets including Slate, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Foreign Policy. He is currently a professor at Georgetown University and the Research Director of the Middle East center at the Brookings Institution.
In his new book A HIGH PRICE (Oxford University Press, June 2011) Byman mixes three compelling topics: Israeli security, terrorism, and intelligence. It is the rare study that offers both an exciting, detailed narrative look at specific Israeli counterterrorism practices with a “big picture” take on how these fit into Israel’s overall security picture and the chances for peace in the region. The book also offers powerful and fresh lessons for the United States and other democracies confronting the threat of terrorism.