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By Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the chief executive officer of the consulting firm Valens Global. He is also an adjunct assistant professor in Georgetown University's security studies program.

The Cipher brief spoke with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, CEO of Valens Global and a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, about the growing al Shabaab threat in the Horn of Africa. According to Gartenstein-Ross, al Shabaab’s “capabilities are probably at their strongest” since 2012 as demonstrated by the group’s ability to “carry out far more large-scale, spectacular attacks” in the last year. Furthermore, Gartenstein-Ross says that al Shabaab will continue to remain a threat for the foreseeable future, and that there is “no easy answer regarding what can be done to more effectively combat al Shabaab.”

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