Dr Philos Anne Stenersen is a research fellow with FFI’s Terrorism Research Group and currently the head of FFI's Terrorism Research Group. With an academic background in Middle Eastern studies, Arabic and Russian, she has conducted research on militant Islamism, with a focus on CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) terrorism, al-Qaeda’s use of the Internet, and the Taliban insurgency. Dr Stenersen’s recent publications include: "Bomb-Making for Beginners: Inside al Al-Qaeda E-Learning Course," Perspectives on Terrorism, Vol. 7, No.1, 2013; Al-Qaida’s quest for weapons of mass destruction: The history behind the hype (Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag, February 2009); “The Internet: A virtual training camp?” Terrorism and Political Violence (April 2008); “Chem-bio cyber class: Assessing jihadist chemical and biological manuals”; Jane’s Intelligence Review (September 2007); "Are the Afghan Taliban Involved in International Terrorism?", CTC Sentinel, (September 2009); and "The Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan: organization, leadership and worldview", FFI Research Report, No.2010/00359. Dr. Stenersen has a B.A. in Cultural and Social Sciences from the University of Bergen, and an M.Phil in Asian and African Studies from the University of Oslo. She completed her doctoral dissertation in 2012 on the Taliban insurgency and al-Qaeda-Taliban relations.
Dr Thomas Hegghammer is a senior research fellow at FFI and headed FFI's Terrorism Research Group between 2011 and 2015. He holds a PhD in political science from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris and M.A. and M.Phil. degrees in Middle Eastern Studies from Oxford University. Dr. Hegghammer specialises in the study of Islamist ideology, Islamism in Saudi Arabia, and the Muslim foreign fighter phenomenon. He is the author of Jihad in Saudi Arabia: Violence and Pan-Islamism since 1979 (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and the co-author of al-Qaida in its own words (Harvard University Press, 2008). He is currently writing a book about the ideologue Abdallah Azzam and the Arab fighters in the 1980s Afghanistan war, also for Cambridge University Press.
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Dr Philos Brynjar Lia is an Adjunct Research Professor (Professor II) at the Norwegian Defense Research Est. (FFI). Trained in Russian, Arabic and Middle Eastern studies, Dr Lia obtained his PhD in contemporary Middle Eastern history at the University of Oslo. He was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University from 2001-2, has spent many years in the Middle East, and has been interviewed and/or cited on terrorism issues by the BBC, The New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Time Magazine, CNN.com, and a number of other international media outlets. Dr Lia is the author of a number of acclaimed books on terrorism, Islamism and the Middle East. They include: The Society of the Muslim Brothers in Egypt 1928-42 (Ithaca Press, 1998); Globalisation and the Future of Terrorism: Patterns and Preditions (Routledge, 2005); A Police Force without a State: A History of the Palestinian Security Forces in the West Bank and Gaza (Ithaca Press, 2006); Building Arafat’s Police: The Politics of International Police Assistance in the Palestinian Territories After the Oslo Agreement (Ithaca Press, 2007), and Architect of Global Jihad: The Life of al-Qaida Strategist Abu Mus'ab al-Suri (London and NY: Hurst & Oxford Univ. Press, 2007/8).
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