Our Team

Yonah Alexander, PhD

Professor Yonah Alexander is the Director of the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies as well as the Director of the Inter-University Center for Legal Studies at the International Law Institute in Washington, D.C. For over forty years he also served as professor of international studies and director of institutes and programs on terrorism at State University of New York, Georgetown University, the George Washington University, and other academic institutions around the world. Educated at Columbia University (PhD) and the University of Chicago (MA), Professor Alexander has also provided academic advice on conventional and unconventional security challenges to governments, international organizations, and the private sector.

Professor Alexander is founder and editor-in-chief of several academic international journals and has also published over 100 books and numerous other studies on a wide range of security related topics. Professor Alexander’s works have been translated into dozens of languages and his personal papers and collection on terrorism are housed at the Hoover Institution Library and Archives at Stanford University.

Our Team
Former Commissioners
Senator Joe Lieberman

All of us at the Commission are in shock and are heartbroken at news that Senator Lieberman has died suddenly and unexpectedly. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Hadassah, their children, and extended family.

We all were the beneficiaries of Joe’s many years of selfless public service, his kindness, and civility. Joe was the definition of a Mensch – a person of great integrity and honor. He always put others first and always worked to better our nation, to which he tirelessly devoted so much of his energy. He had an indefatigable spirit that always pushed our work forward.

For nearly ten years, Joe was my co-chair here at the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense. He cared deeply about the mission, for sure. Even more, he cared about each of our fellow Commissioners and the staff, all of whom I know are personally grieving at this tremendous loss. May his memory be a blessing.

Tom Ridge
March 27, 2024

Former Ex Officio Member