Alia Brahimi
Advisor - Academic - Commentator


Academic positions

Visiting Research Fellow, Pembroke College, University of Oxford
Research Fellow, Global Security, London School of Economics and Political Science
Research Fellow, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford
Research Associate, Changing Character of War Programme, University of Oxford
Tutor in the Politics of the Middle East, University of Oxford

Selected academic publications

  • Jihad and Just War in the War on Terror, Oxford University Press, November 2010
  • Libya’s Mercenaries Crisis: ‘I am Here to Protect the King of Kings’, in Richard Iron and Damien Kingsbury (eds.), How Wars End: Theory and Practice, Routledge, 2023

  • The Enemy is in Kabul, in Brian Brivati (ed.), Losing Afghanistan, Biteback, 2022

  • Review - How ISIS fights: Military tactics in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Egypt by Omar Ashour, Middle East Journal 75:3, 1 October 2021

  • Ideology and Terrorism: Causes and Motivations, in Erica Chenoweth, Richard English, Andreas Gofas and Stathis Kalyvas (eds), The Oxford Handbook on Terrorism, OUP, March 2019

  • Al-Qaeda and the 9/11 Decade, in Richard English and Adam Roberts (eds), Illusions of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism, OUP, September 2015

  • The Evolution of Global Jihadism, in International Institute for Strategic Studies, Armed Conflict Survey (inaugural edition),  February 2015

  • Competing Narratives in the Syrian Crisis, research paper for LSE Security in Transition Programme, February 2013

  • Al-Qaeda in the Changing Arab Context, policy brief for Institut français des relations internationales, September 2012

  • Al-Qaeda Ten Years On, British Academy Review, issue 19, January 2012

  • What is Al Qaeda Today?, in Manuel Almeida (ed), Al Qaeda After bin Laden, Al-Mesbar Press [Dubai], December 2011

  • Libya’s Revolution, Journal of North African Studies 16:4, December 2011

  • Islamic Radicalisation in Libya, George Joffe (ed), Islamist Radicalisation in North Africa: Politics and Process, Routledge, September 2011

  • Al-Qaeda as Just Warriors? Osama bin Laden’s Case for War, in Jeevan Deol and Zaheer Kazmi (eds), Contextualising Jihadi Thought, Hurst & Co, July 2011

  • Religion and War, in Hew Strachan and Sibylle Scheipers (eds), The Changing Character of War, Oxford University Press, May 2011

  • Subverting Islam, LSE Research, issue 3, Spring 2011

  • The Taliban’s Evolving Ideology, LSE Global Governance Paper Series, April 2010 *Most Downloaded LSE Working Paper 2010/2011 and 2011/2012*

  • Crushed in the Shadows: Why Al-Qaeda Will Lose the War of Ideas, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 33:2, February 2010

  • Asymétrie Morale, Didier Danet, Christian Malis and Hew Strachan (eds) La Guerre Irrégulière, Economica, December 2010

  • Terrorist Beheadings: Politics and Reciprocity, Adam Roberts and Sibylle Scheipers (eds), Prisoners in War, Oxford University Press, November 2009

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