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Prof. Assaf Moghadam

Senior Researcher, International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) & Dean, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, Reichman University, Herzliya, Israel

Assaf Moghadam is a Senior Researcher at the ICT and the Dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at Reichman University, Israel, which he joined in 2011. He is also a fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point (CTC); a fellow at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School (CNS); and a research affiliate at the Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland. Prof. Moghadam has taught courses at Columbia University, the United States Military Academy, and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, in addition to Reichman University.

Prof. Moghadam previously served as Director of Terrorism Studies and Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and as Director of Academic Affairs at the ICT. He held pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, both at Harvard University.

Prof. Moghadam’s research examines the dynamics within and between militant actors, with a particular interest in terrorism, the global jihad movement, insurgency, and sponsor-proxy relationship. His latest book, Nexus of Global Jihad: Understanding Cooperation among Terrorist Groups (Columbia University Press, 2017, paperback edition 2019), examines empirical and conceptual aspects of cooperative behavior between terrorist entities. He is also the author of The Globalization of Martyrdom: Al Qaeda, Salafi Jihad, and the Diffusion of Suicide Attacks (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008), which won a Choice award for Outstanding Academic Title, and of The Roots of Terrorism (Chelsea House, 2006). He is the co-editor (with Brian Fishman) of Fault Lines in Global Jihad: Organizational, Strategic, and Ideological Fissures (Routledge, 2011), and the editor of Militancy and Political Violence in Shiism: Trends and Patterns (Routledge, 2012). Two of his books are listed among the top 150 books on terrorism in the journal Perspectives on Terrorism.  

Prof. Moghadam has lectured widely on terrorism issues before audiences in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East and has consulted various government agencies on issues related to terrorism and counter-terrorism. He is a Contributing Editor for the journal Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, and an editorial board member of Democracy and Security, and Perspectives on Terrorism. He was a founding member of the editorial board of the CTC Sentinel and he is a member of the advisory board of the International Counter-Terrorism Youth Network (ICTYN).

Prof. Moghadam’s articles have appeared in International SecuritySecurity StudiesStudies in Conflict and TerrorismTerrorism and Political ViolencePerspectives on Terrorism, and Democracy and Security. His writings have also appeared in other outlets including the Washington PostBoston GlobeInternational Herald TribuneOrbisCTC Sentinel, War on the Rocks, Lawfare, Political Violence @ a Glance, and Die Zeit, among others. He has authored various chapters in edited volumes, and his book reviews have appeared in Perspectives in PoliticsPolitical Science Quarterly, and Transcultural Psychiatry, among other journals.

Prof. Moghadam holds a Ph.D. in international relations and an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy (MALD), both from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a B.A. in political science from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is married with three children.