Alia Brahimi

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.

Gaza: No Innocent Victims?

July 27, 2014

A destructive mindset among Israelis justifies violence against Palestinians. In 1894, a young anarchist left a bomb outside the offices of a mining company in Paris. Before he met the guillotine, Emile Henri claimed that his very humanity compelled him to act the way he did, in defense of the...

The War on Terror: Ten Years

October 14, 2011

A critical appraisal of the last decade’s battle with terrorism. “Goddamn, what the f*** are they talking about?” was the reported reaction of General Tommy Franks, the Commander in Chief of United States Central Command, to the Bush administration’s request in 2002 for a detailed war plan for Iraq.  In...

The 'Changing' Face of Al-Qaeda

July 04, 2011

Ayman al-Zawahiri's ascent to al-Qaeda's leader could divert attention from a more sinister strategy. According to terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna, Ayman al-Zawahiri is even more lethal than Osama bin Laden. 'Goal-orientated, systematic, secretive and forward thinking', Zawahiri's accession as al-Qaeda's leader marks the return of al-Qaeda with a vengeance.