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Dr Omar Ashour

PhD (McGill), MA (AUC), Bsc (AUC)


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Telephone: 01392 724024

Senior Lecturer in Middle East Politics and Security Studies

Dr Ashour gained his Bsc and MA at the American University in Cairo (Egypt) and his PhD from McGill University (Canada). His research interests are Islamist movements and ideologies, democratization, security and terrorism studies, and civil-military relations.

His published works cover the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Arab and Muslim Communities in the West. They appeared in Terrorism and Political Violence, International Affairs, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Middle East Journal, Canadian Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Studies, and others.

Dr. Ashour is a United Nations consultant and a regular contributor to media outlets including the BBC, CBC, CNN, Sky News, al-Jazeera English, al-Jazeera Arabic, al-Arabiya, and others.

He recently authored tens of op-eds in Foreign Policy, The Guardian, Globe and Mail,,, Project Syndicate, The Independent and other outlets on the transitional periods in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and the revolutionary struggle in Syria.

Dr Ashour's most recent Brookings policy papers is entitled “Libyan Islamists Unpacked,” in which he maps out the Libyan Islamist scene in the aftermath of Qaddafi and “Security Sector Reform in Egypt: Dilemmas and Challenges.”

He is currently writing a book on civil-military relations in North Africa in the aftermath of the Arab Awakening. 

Most recent book:

The De-Radicalization of Jihadists: Transforming Armed Islamist Movements. New York, London: Routledge, 2009.

Most recent Brookings-Stanford Papers:

From Bad Cop to Good Cop: The Challenge of Security Sector Reform in Egypt

Libyan Islamists Unpacked: The Rise, Transformation and Future

Dr Ashour is also a member of the middle eastern social science research cluster.

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