Tom Sanderson is a consultant and former director of the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies where he conducted field work in 75 countries, engaging NGOs, terrorists, warfighters, refugees, traffickers, and clergy. Sanderson co-authored dozens of CSIS reports and opinion pieces in The New York Times and Washington Post. Tom testifies before the U.S. Congress, provides commentary for the media, and teaches courses for the U.S. Intelligence Community.
His “Global Disruptive Forces” presentation has been delivered to FedEx, Google, Boeing, Airbus, JSOC, SOCOM, 82nd Airborne Division, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and at schools such as Tufts, Yale, Colgate, Claremont McKenna, Georgetown, and Johns Hopkins.
Sanderson is Principal at Tom Sanderson Consulting, leading a multi-national team serving clients on geopolitics, terrorism, and frontier market opportunities. From 1998-2002, he conducted terrorism studies for the U.S. Government. He held fellowships at the American Academy in Berlin and at Fudan University in Shanghai.
Sanderson serves on the Middle East Institute’s Counterterrorism Advisory Council and co-chairs the Councilors Program at the Atlantic Council. He is an Advisor at Hostage US. Sanderson holds a B.A. and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Wheaton College and an M.A. from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Recent field work: Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Jordan, Morocco, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Philippines.