Yossef Bodansky

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Yossef Bodansky
Born Israel
Occupation Director of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare (1988-2004), Director of Research of the International Strategic Studies Association, Senior Editor for the Defense and Foreign Affairs'
Spying career

Yossef Bodansky (born in Israel[1]) is an Israeli-American political scientist who served as Director of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare of the US House of Representatives from 1988 to 2004.[2] He is also Director of Research of the International Strategic Studies Association and has been a visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). In the 1980s, he served as a senior consultant for the Department of Defense and the Department of State.[2]

The work of the Congressional Task Force (which had been established in 1981[3]) involved staff producing what they described as "ground truth" by "repeated visits to the areas they were studying and [developing] face-to-face relationships with their sources" and actively participated in supporting them. According to a compilation of Task Force reports published in 2007, "Task Force staff members went into Afghanistan and rode with the mujahideen as they fought against the Soviets. They helped the fighters secure the weapons and humanitarian aid they needed and evacuate the seriously wounded."[4] The Task Force also contributed to related legislation, including authoring "key parts of the Diplomatic Security and Anti-Terrorism Act" (1986), allowing the FBI to investigate outside the US.[3] Task Force reports did not generally divulge sourcing in public reports, and fully referenced versions of their reports were released only to the Task Force chairmen, and not even to other committee members.[5]

Bodansky is also a senior editor for the Defense and Foreign Affairs group of publications and a contributor to the International Military and Defense Encyclopedia and is on the Advisory Council of The Intelligence Summit.[citation needed] Bodansky's numerous articles have been published in Global Affairs, Jane's Defense Weekly, Defense and Foreign Affairs: Strategic Policy and other periodicals.[2]

Bodansky is the Director of Global Panel America (Global Panel Foundation),[6] and a director of the related Prague Society, a non-governmental organization for networking among governmental and private-sector figures.[7]


  • Target America: Terrorism in the U.S. (1993, Shapolsky Publishers Inc.).
  • Crisis in Korea (1994, Shapolsky Publishers Inc.).
  • Terror: The Inside Story of The Terrorist Conspiracy in America (1994, Shapolsky Publishers Inc.).
  • Offensive in the Balkans: The Potential for a Wider War as a Result of Foreign Intervention in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1995, International Media Corp./ISSA). (Online version)
  • Some Call It Peace: Waiting for War In the Balkans (1996, International Media Corp./ISSA). (Online version)
  • Bin Laden: The Man Who Declared War on America (1999, 2001, Random House).
  • Islamic Anti-Semitism as a Political Instrument (1999, 2000, ACPR Publications and Tammuz Publishers).
  • The High Cost of Peace: How Washington's Middle East Policy Left America Vulnerable to Terrorism (2002, Random House).
  • The Secret History of the Iraq War (2004, HarperCollins).
  • Chechen Jihad: Al Qaeda's Training Ground and the Next Wave of Terror (2007, HarperCollins).
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