Joyenda yabenda ast
 -Dari Proverb

Literal translation : a seeker a founder is

This proverb means that a seeker is a finder. If you are determined to do something and you don’t give up, you will eventually succeed.


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Gabriel Lajeunesse, J.D.

Gabriel Lajeunesse, J.D. – Fellow 

Gabriel Lajeunesse, J.D., is the ISCL Fellow on International Law and Policy and Director of the Program in International and Transnational Crime.    He is a licensed attorney and an investment advisor in private practice.  A former US Air Force Middle East/North Africa Regional Affairs Specialist, Mr. Lajeunesse led teams in peacetime and combat, including assignments in Turkey, Tunisia, Israel, Iraq and Afghanistan.  In those assignments, he was responsible for liaison relationships with key international counterparts.  Additionally, Mr. Lajeunesse served as a policy advisor on Middle East issues to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  A career Special Agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) Mr. Lajeunesse managed complex investigations of domestic and transnational crimes affecting US national security interests, to include international terrorism and illegal technology transfer.  He has taught and lectured at Norwich University, Georgetown School of Foreign Service, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and the University of Maryland, University College.  He has published articles and commentary in periodicals such as International Lawyer, Michigan Law Review, the International Herald Tribune, and the Journal for International Security Affairs.  He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, his M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, and his B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.  


Selected Publications and Presentations

Lecturer, “Countering the Extremist Narrative”, Hebrew University, Jerusalem and Hamline School of Law program in Conflict Resolution, 15 January 2011.

Lecturer, “Terrorist Radicalization Process, a Turkish Case Study,” Program in Crisis & Emergency Management, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4 December 2010.

Panelist, “Israel, Palestine, and the Quest for a Just Peace,” Eber Spencer Lecture Series, Norwich University, 17 Oct 2013.

Lecturer, “Ideological Underpinnings of Hezbollah and HAMAS”, Hebrew University, Jerusalem and Hamline School of Law program in Conflict Resolution, 12 January 2010.