Alia Brahimi is an academic, analyst and commentator who specializes in the politics of the Middle East. She is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford University Changing Character of War Programme, at Pembroke College. She was previously a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and a Research Associate at the University of Oxford. Brahimi read for her Master’s (MPhil) and PhD (DPhil) in International Relations at the University of Oxford. She is the author of “Jihad and Just War in the War on Terror” (2010), as well as a number of academic articles on al-Qaeda’s evolving ideology and strategy, Islamism, Libya and Syria.