Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme
Omar Ashour
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Dr Omar Ashour is a senior lecturer in Security Studies at the University of Exeter. He is the author of The De-Radicalization of Jihadists: Transforming Armed Islamist Movements. His other published works cover asymmetric armed conflict, Islamist movements, security sector reform, civil-military relations, strategic and terrorism studies. He previously served as a consultant for the United Nations on security sector reform, counterterrorism, and de-radicalization issues. Dr Ashour is a regular contributor to media outlets. In 2014, he was featured as one of the Exeter University's 'impact case-studies,' based on his work in advising governments, intergovernmental organizations, and NGOs about transitions from armed to unarmed activism, de-radicalization processes, counterterrorism, security sector reform, and political transitions. His research has informed policy-makers and public debates, and contributed to developing initiatives in de-radicalization and security sector reform. His extensive media involvement has raised the level of public debate and public understanding both within the UK and internationally. Dr Ashour’s research impact was graded as 4* (world-leading) during the UK’s Research Excellence Framework of 2014.


  • Asymmetric warfare and counterinsurgency
  • Islamist movements and ideologies
  • Security sector reform
  • Civil-military relations
  • Terrorism studies


2008–presentLecturer, Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter 
2006–08Lecturer, McGill University 
2010-15Fellow, Brookings Doha Centre

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  • Not for broadcast: French, Russian