Assaf Moghadam

Assaf Moghadam is Associate Professor and Director of the MA Program in Government at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel, and Director of Academic Affairs at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), also at IDC. On leave from the IDC until the fall of 2019, he is currently a fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, where he previously served in a variety of positions, including director of terrorism studies and Assistant Professor at West Point’s Department of Social Sciences. He is also a research affiliate at the Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland. Starting in the fall of 2017, he will also be an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science at Columbia University and an instructor at the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies at UMass Lowell.

Assaf’s research examines the dynamics within and between terrorist actors. His new book, Nexus of Global Jihad: Understanding Cooperation among Terrorist Groups (Columbia University Press, 2017), examines empirical and conceptual aspects of cooperative behavior between terrorist entities. Assaf has authored two additional books–the critically acclaimed The Globalization of Martyrdom: Al Qaeda, Salafi Jihad, and the Diffusion of Suicide Attacks (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008).  and The Roots of Terrorism (Chelsea House, 2006). He is the editor of Militancy and Political Violence in Shiism: Trends and Patterns (Routledge, 2012) and co-editor (with Brian Fishman) of Fault Lines in Global Jihad: Organizational, Strategic, and Ideological Fissures (Routledge, 2011). Two of Assaf’s books are listed among the top 150 books on terrorism in the journal Perspectives on Terrorism.  

Assaf has lectured widely on terrorism issues before audiences in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East and has consulted various government agencies on issues related to terrorism and counter-terrorism. A leading expert on suicide attacks and terrorist cooperation, Assaf is a Contributing Editor for the journal Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, and on the editorial boards of Democracy and Security, and Perspectives on Terrorism. He is also the book review editor for Democracy and Security. His articles have appeared in International Security, Security Studies, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence, and Perspectives on Terrorism, as well as in policy journals and news outlets such as CTC Sentinel, War on the Rocks, Lawfare, Political Violence @ a Glance, Boston Globe, International Herald Tribune and other outlets. Assaf has also authored various chapters in edited volumes, and his book reviews have appeared in Perspectives in Politics, Political Science Quarterly, Transcultural Psychiatry and Democracy and Security, among other journals.  

Assaf has held pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, also at Harvard. He holds a Ph.D. in international relations and an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy (MALD), both from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a B.A. in political science from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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