- Islamism in the West
Islamism in Politics (IIP) Coordinator | Islamist Watch
- Islamic Research Expert
- Director, National network of professional
- Oversees volunteer activists and research fellows
- Exposes Islamic extremism at the local and national level
- Editor, nationally syndicated publications and journals
- Organizing grassroots and grasstops activism campaigns
- Lobbying federal and state lawmakers
Benjamin Baird researches Islamist activity in Washington DC and state capitals across the country, organizes to counter these efforts, and educates the public, the media, and politicians on the threat posed by Islamist involvement in politics. He is a decorated U.S. Army infantry veteran and frequent contributor to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, The Daily Caller, and other prominent media outlets.
Combined over a decade of direct combat experience as a U.S. Army infantry platoon sergeant engaging Islamist terrorist groups. Holds a BA in Middle Eastern studies from the American Military University, providing insight into Islamism in the West, counter-terrorism, and counter-extremism.
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