Zack Gold
Associate Research Analyst


Zack Gold is an analyst in CNA's Center for Stability and Development, where his recent research topics include proxy warfare, cryptocurrency, and U.S. maritime security cooperation in West Africa and the Caribbean. In 2018, he led a team that designed a homeland security scenario related to bioterrorism. In 2017, he was the lead author of case studies on Al-Qaeda's affiliates in Iraq and Syria. Gold's work on political and security developments in Egypt, the Gaza Strip, and Israel—including the spread of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria across the region—has been published and quoted widely, such as the 2016 ICCT Research Paper, Salafi Jihadist Violence in Egypt's North Sinai: From Local Insurgency to Islamic State Province; the 2015 Strategic Assessment article, "Sinai Militancy and the Threat to International Forces"; and the 2013 Brookings's Saban Center Analysis Paper, Sinai Security: Opportunities for Unlikely Cooperation Among Egypt, Israel, and Hamas.

From 2015-2017, Gold served as a Nonresident Fellow with the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. Prior to joining CNA, he was an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT) and a consultant to Oxford Analytica and Wikistrat on Middle East counterterrorism, energy, and aviation security. From 2014-2015, he was a visiting fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv; and prior to that he was a researcher at The Brookings Institution's Saban Center for Middle East Policy.

Gold earned his M.A. in law and diplomacy from The Fletcher School, Tufts University; and his B.A. in political science and communication from the University of Delaware. He twice received the Department of State's Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic in Oman and Egypt, and he also studied Arabic at The American University in Cairo.


September 7, 2019

Zack Gold says, "If they can't protect themselves and their own infrastructure, it will be a struggle for them to protect this gas-line infrastructure."

Wall Street Journal: "Landmark Israel-Egypt Energy Alliance Hits Snags"

July 25, 2019

Zack Gold and William Rosenau write, "The Cold War and the Global War on Terror suggest that the future of conflict will more likely be limited to indirect skirmishes at the fringes of great-power influence."

Defense One: "The Future of Conflict Is Proxy Warfare, Again"

June 19, 2019

Zack Gold says, "In the long term, it would be concerning if the government pre-emptively arrested large numbers out of concern for street protests or other outbursts in the wake of Morsi's death."

AFP: "Egypt's Morsi Likely 'More Popular' After Death"

May 29, 2019

Zack Gold says, "Importantly, but unlikely, the transfer of Ashmawy to Egypt could reveal details about a number of terrorist attacks in Egypt from 2013 onward."

Yahoo: "Egypt Jihadist Returned from Libya to Face Terror Charges"

March 11, 2019

Zack Gold says, "Remnants of the group [ISIS] continue to shift around the northeast of the Sinai Peninsula while the military operates more statically."

Middle East Online: "Egypt Still Fighting Jihadists in Sinai One Year On"

December 29, 2018

Zack Gold says, “Yesterday's attack undermines the Egyptian government's very determined message that the country is safe for tourists."

The Daily Star: “Egypt Kills 40 'Terrorists' in Crackdown After Giza Attack”