Michael Weiss is a senior editor at The Daily Beast and a columnist for Foreign Policy and NOW Lebanon. He is also a fellow at the Institute of Modern Russia where he is the editor-in-chief of The Interpreter, an online news and translation journal covering Russian foreign policy and the ongoing war in Ukraine. He has covered the Syria uprising since its inception in 2011 and reported from the front-lines of Aleppo in 2012 for Foreign Affairs magazine. He has written for Foreign Policy, The Guardian, Foreign Affairs, Politico and a host of other publications. He is also a CNN contributor.
Weiss is the New York Times best-selling author of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror. Weiss, along with his co-author Hassan Hassan, explain how these violent extremists evolved from a nearly defeated Iraqi insurgent group into a jihadi army of international volunteers who, with slickly produced murder videos, are spreading violence and mayhem across the globe. Beginning with the early days of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the founder of ISIS’s first incarnation, Weiss explains who the key players are—from their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to the former Saddam Baathists in their ranks–where they come from, how they have attracted both local and global support, and how they operate–from their social media strategy to their illicit oil revenues. A fully revised and updated version of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror was released in March 2016.