Jeffrey Treistman, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor
Chair, Department of National Security
Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences
Education

Ph.D., International Relations & Public Policy, Syracuse University, 2017
M.A., Economics, Syracuse University, 2012
M.P.P., International & Global Affairs, Harvard University, 2010
B.A., History, University of Colorado, 2003

About Jeffrey

Dr. Treistman is an Associate Professor of National Security at the University of New 51’s Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences. Prior to coming to the University of New 51, Dr. Treistman was a Research Assistant at the Institute of National Security and Counterterrorism. He also served as a consultant to the Department of Defense’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) and was a Policy Advisor for the Department of State in Iraq. Dr. Treistman currently sits on the editorial board for the journal Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. His research interests focus on military policy, international relations, asymmetric war, and terrorism.

Publications

Books

When Bad States Win: Rethinking Counterinsurgency Strategy (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2022).

Peer-Reviewed

"Automotive Ground Vehicles’ Resilience to HEMP Attack: An Emergency Management Mitigation Plan," Journal of Critical Infrastructure Policy 2, no. 2 (2021): 157-188. (Co-authors: Julian LoRusso, Mariama Yakubu, Wayne Sandford, Ed Goldberg, and Matt Van Benschoten)

“Social Exclusion and Political Violence: Multilevel Analysis of the Justification of Terrorism,” Studies in Conflict & Terrorism (2021).

"European Migration and Terrorism: Humanitarian Crisis, Political Rhetoric, or Pragmatic Policy?" Conflict, Security, & Development 21, no. 3 (2021): 337-370. (Co-author: Charles Gomez)

"Revisiting Reactionary Terrorism: Definitions, Causes, and Consequences." Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism 16, no. 2 (2021): 192-201.

"Using Combat Losses of Medical Personnel to Estimate the Value of Battlefield Trauma Care in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan." Defence and Peace Economics 26, no. 5 (2015): 465-490. (Co-authors: Ying Deng, Chris Rohlfs, and Ryan Sullivan.)

"The Colonial War Revisited: Coding the Military Outcomes." African Security Review 21, no. 3 (2012): 68-74.

"Home Away From Home: Dynamics of Counterinsurgency Warfare." Comparative Strategy 31, no. 3 (2012): 235-252.

"Victory Over Terrorism: Essential Services as Counterinsurgency Strategy." Joint Force Quarterly 53 (2009): 110-115.

Op-Ed

“Russia might win by killing civilians.” The Hill, April 14, 2022.

“No, Trump would not have stopped Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.” The Hill, March 3, 2022.

“Right-wing Extremism: History repeats itself – and the worst may be yet to come.” The Hill, September 8, 2021.

“America’s Defeat in Afghanistan: The Problem was the Entrance, Not the Exit.” InsideSources, August 22, 2021.

"New York City Terror Attack is the New Normal." The Hill, December 11, 2017.

"ISIS turns to lone wolves for Christmas attacks as caliphate crumbles." The Hill, November 29, 2017.

"Las Vegas Highlights Islamist Terrorism is not America’s Greatest Domestic Threat." The Hill, October 4, 2017.

"We Should Question US Rail Safety in Wake of Failed London Train Bombing." The Hill, September 25, 2017.

Courses Taught
  • NSEC 1100: Intro to National Security
  • NSEC 2251: Quantitative Applications in National Security
  • NSEC 4409/6609: Terrorism, Revolutions, & Insurgencies
  • NSPS 6647: The Economics of National Security
  • NSPS 6650: National Security Policy & Strategy
  • NSPS 6680: Research Methods & Intelligence Analysis

In the Media

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Jeffrey Treistman, associate professor of national security, discusses the human rights abuses that have occurred on both sides of the war between Israel and Hamas.

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Jeffrey Treistman, associate professor of national security, discusses the warnings from the U.S. Treasury Department that terrorist organizations, such as Hamas, may try to use cryptocurrency as a way to finance weapons without it being traced.

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Jeffrey Treistman, associate professor of national security, wrote an op-ed on why student loan forgiveness should be regarded as a national security priority.

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Jeffrey Treistman, associate professor of national security, discusses a political tactic aimed at blocking all military promotions and its impact on a recruitment and retention crisis in the armed services.

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Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor and chair of security and defense policy, national security, and homeland security, comments on the plane crash that Yevgeny Prigozhin may have been on and how Russian President Vladimir Putin will be seen “as strengthening his position of power.”

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Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor and chair of security and defense policy, national security, and homeland security, comments on the plane crash that Yevgeny Prigozhin may have been on and how Russian President Vladimir Putin will be seen "as strengthening his position of power."

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Jeffrey Treistman, chair and assistant professor of national security, comments that education in Ukraine is important now and in rebuilding the country post-conflict.

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Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor and chair of national security, comments on former President Donald Trump's plan, if he were re-elected in 2024, to withdraw U.S. assistance to Ukraine to end the war.

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Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor and chair of national security, responds to claims made by former President Donald Trump that, if he was elected, the war in Ukraine would be settled in 24 hours. His claim was made during a CNN Town Hall in New Hampshire.

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Jeffrey Treistman, chair of national security, discusses the evacuation of U.S. citizens from Sudan, as the deadly conflict between rival military factions suddenly escalated.

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Jeffrey Treistman, interim chair of national security, discusses the origins of the war in Iraq and how it is viewed today. Earlier in his career, Treistman was the U.S. Policy Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq.

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Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor and chair of national security, discusses training Ukrainian pilots training in the U.S. on F-16s, as Russian forces surround Bakhmut, Ukraine.

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Jeffrey Treistman, associate professor and chair of national security, talks about the temporary halt in fighting until spring for Russia and Ukraine.

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Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor of national security and international affairs, and Robert Sanders, senior lecturer of national security, discuss how supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil overran government buildings and were captured in real-time on social med ia in a similar way the January 6th insurrection was seen live by millions.

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Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor of national security, discusses the latest developments in the war in Ukraine.

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Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor of national security, and Matthew Schmidt, associate professor of international affairs, national affairs, and political sciences, discuss the history of gun control policies with well-known professor Robert Spritzer.

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Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor of national security, talks about the escalation of the war between Ukraine and Russia, with the explosion of the Crimea bridge and the retaliation for the attack.

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Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor of national security, comments on the latest attacks on Ukraine by Russian forces.

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Jeffery Treistman, assistant professor of national security and international affairs, discusses the killing of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, who was on the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list.

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Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor of national security, discusses how this small drone can be used as a missile in modern warfare, strategically and accurately hitting a target.

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Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor of national security, talks about the term ‘terrorism’ regarding the Russian attacks on Ukraine.

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Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor of national security, wrote an op-ed on why Vladimir Putin and Russia should be held accountable for war crimes.

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Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor of national security and international affairs, wrote an op-d analyzing a recent poll in which a majority of Americans indicated they believed Vladimir Putin would not have invaded Ukraine if Donald Trump were still president.

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Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor of national security and international affairs, discusses the Russian aggression towards and invasion of Ukraine and examines if Putin could invade other countries.

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Kenneth Gray, senior lecturer of criminal justice and Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor of national security, recall their experience on September 11, 2001.

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Jeffrey Treistman, associate professor of national security, wrote an op-ed on right-wing extremists and the severe threat to national security.

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Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor of national security, talks about the exit from Afghanistan by the American military and how the Biden administration handled this.

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Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor of national security, talks about ISIS K and the attack at Kabul airport.

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Jeffrey Treistman, associate professor of national security, wrote an opinion on how the lessons of the Afghanistan exit will be likened to Vietnam.

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Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor of national security, comments that built up resentment may keep the groups involved in the insurgency motivated.

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Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor of criminal justice, comments that protests could attract groups looking for a political coup.

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Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor of criminal justice, comments that shutting down Parler has made it difficult for extremists to spread their ideologies.

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Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor of national security, talks about protests at the state capitol this weekend and up until Inauguration Day.

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Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor of national security, talks about how local and state officials are preparing to handle any threats or protests happening at the state capitol.

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Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor of national security, talks about right wing organizations.

Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor of national security, comments on the recent calls for violence from the terror group and how they should be taken seriously.

In an op-ed following an explosion in the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor of national security and a former policy adviser with the U.S. Department of State, says counterterrorism policy should focus on bolstering the capabilities of local police officers.

Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor of national security, comments on the Islamic State terror group’s warnings of violence over the holiday season and how they need to be taken seriously. This article was also picked up by Free Republic and Guiame, a Brazilian media outlet.

Jeffrey Treistman, an assistant professor of national security, looks at Spain, political violence and civil wars… which so far this has not escalated into.

Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor of national security, comments on domestic terrorism.

Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor of national security, comments on railroad safety in the wake of the London train bombing.