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Arab-Afghans, Jihad, and the Roots of 9/11

A lecture by Thomas Hegghammer, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

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Duration: 43:47

Thomas Hegghammer is an academic specializing in the study of violent Islamism. He is currently a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, an associate at Harvard Kennedy School and a senior research fellow at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) in Oslo. He holds a PhD in political science from Sciences-Po in Paris and an MA and MPhil in Middle Eastern Studies from Oxford University. A fluent Arabic speaker, Dr. Hegghammer has conducted extensive field research in the Middle East. 
                                                             
Dr. Hegghammer's research focuses on jihadi ideology, jihadism on the Arabian Peninsula and the history of the foreign fighter phenomenon. He is the author of the book "Jihad in Saudi Arabia"(Cambridge University Press, 2010) and the co-author of al-Qaida in its own words (Harvard University Press, 2008). He is currently working on a book about the jihadi ideologue Abdallah Azzam and Arab involvement in the 1980s war in Afghanistan.

Thomas Hegghammer also edits Jihadica, a blog devoted to the analysis of jihadi websites (a Technorati top 100 blog in world politics).

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