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–present||Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter|
|2006–08||Lecturer, McGill University|
|2010-15||Fellow, Brookings Doha Centre|
- Broadcast standard: Arabic, English
- Not for broadcast: French, Russian
- Collusion to Crackdown: Islamist-Military Relations in Egypt Brookings Paper, March 2015.
- 'The Ballot Versus the Bullet: Radicalisation and De-Radicalisation in the Arab-Majority World', Policy Paper for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). New York, Beirut: United Nations Publications (forthcoming in 2015).
- Sisi's new, old war in Libya Al-Jazeera, 22 February 2015
- De-Radicalisation Revisited The Washington Post, 18 February 2015.
- The Sisi leaks and intra-regime power dynamics al-Araby al-Jadeed, 17 February 2015
- How can Jordan Aid in Fighting the Islamic State? BBC Online, 10 February 2015.
- Hebdo Attack Could Spur Military Response. To What End? al-Araby al-Jadeed, 23 January 2015.
- Khalq al-‘Ada’? Ma’alat al-Khiyar al-‘amni fi Sinai [Creating Enemies? The Outcomes of Security Policies in Sinai].' Al-Jazeera Centre for Studies. Doha: January 2015.
- Qita‘ al-Amn Fi Duwal al-Rabi‘ … Limadha Ta‘adhar al-Islah? [Why did Security Sector Reform Fail in Arab Spring Countries?] Al-Jazeera Arabic, 4 December 2014.
- Security Sector Reform and The Arab Spring Perspective, no. 16 (November 2014).
- Hal Iqtarabat al-Harb al-Barriya ‘ala Tanzim al-Dawla (Is the Ground Offensive on the “Islamic State” Organisation Getting Closer? Al-Jazeera Arabic, 4 November 2014.
- An Overview of the Arab Security Sector amidst Political Transitions: Reflections on Legacies, Functions and Perceptions United Nations’ Economic and Social Commission for West Africa (UN-ESCWA). New York: United Nations Publications, July 2013 (Co-authored with Youssef Chaitani and Vito Intini)
- Enduring Repression and Insurgency in Egypt's Sinai 14 August 2015
- Egypt’s Harsh Crackdown Could Lead to Further Violence 07 July 2015
- What went wrong with the Egyptian revolution? Al Jazeera
- How is ISIS managing to survive? BBC News
- Russian roulette in Syria Project Syndicate
- ISIS affiliate in Egypt says it has beheaded Croatian prisoner The New York Times
- Egypt's military struggles to quell growing ISIS-linked insurgency NPR
- Mass death sentences now a part of life in Egypt Japan Times
- Sinai's enduring insurgency Al Jazeera
- Rise in bombings ahead of conference alarms officials in Egypt Financial Times