Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme (on sabbatical)
Maha Azzam
Contact information
+44 7854 580 419


  • Political Islam
  • Islam and Globalization
  • Middle East Politics
  • Islamist Groups in the Middle East with particular reference to Egypt
  • Ideology of al-Qaeda


2002-PresentAssociate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
1995-1999Head of Programme on Security and Development in Muslim States, Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies (RUSI)
1993-1995Research Fellow, Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies (RUSI)
1990-1991Research Associate, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London

Broadcast experience



  • Bi-lingual English/Arabic
  • Egypt's Military Council and the Transition to Democracy Briefing Paper, May 2012
  • Islamism: Extremists or Democrats The Arab Spring: Implications for British Policy, Conservative Middle East Council, October 2011
  • The Centrality of Ideology in Counter-Terrorism Strategies in the Middle East, in James Forest (ed.) Counter Terrorism in the 21st Century (Praeger Security International 2007)
  • Some Local and Global Dimensions in the Radicalisation of Muslim Communities in Europe, The Brown Journal of World Affairs, 2007
  • Al-Qaeda-Five Years On Chatham House Briefing Paper, London, September 2006
  • Islamism Revisited International Affairs, vol 82, no.6, November 2006
  • Political Islam and the Ideology of Violence, in Professor James Forest (ed.) The Making of a Terrorist (Praeger Press 2006)
  • Militant Islamism in Egypt and the New Jihad, in Jean-Luc (ed.) Jihadism (University Press France 2005)