Prof. Assaf Moghadam

Prof. Assaf Moghadam is Director of Academic Affairs at the

International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT). He is an Associate

Professor and Director of the MA Program at the Lauder School of

Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center

(IDC) Herzliya, and a non-resident 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 the Department of Social Sciences. He is

currently also an Investigator and Research Affiliate at the National

Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism

(START) at the University of Maryland. Prof. Moghadam 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 at Harvard.


Prof. Moghadam's research examines the dynamics among perpetrators of terrorism and insurgency. His forthcoming book,Dangerous Liaisons: Global Jihad and the Evolution of Terrorist Cooperation (Columbia University Press, 2015), examines empirical and theoretical aspects of cooperative behavior between terrorist entities, and is supported by a Strategy Fellows Grant of the Smith Richardson Foundation. Prof. Moghadam is the author of two books, The Globalization of Martyrdom: Al Qaeda, Salafi Jihad, and the Diffusion of Suicide Attacks (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008/ Paperback edition 2011) and The Roots of Terrorism (Chelsea House, 2006). He is the editor of Militancy and Political Violence in Shiism: Trends and Patterns (Routledge, 2012/2013) and co-editor (with Brian Fishman) ofFault Lines in Global Jihad: Organizational, Strategic, and Ideological Fissures (Routledge, 2011/2013). Two of Prof. Moghadam's books are listed among the top 150 books on terrorism in the journal Perspectives on Terrorism.

Prof. Moghadam has lectured widely on terrorism issues before audiences in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East and has consulted a number of government agencies on terrorism-related issues. A leading expert on suicide missions, Prof. Moghadam serves on the editorial boards of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Democracy and Security, and Perspectives on Terrorism, and is a managing editor of the ICT Working Paper Series. His articles have appeared in International Security, Security Studies, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence, Perspectives on Terrorism, CTC Sentinel, Boston Globe, International Herald Tribune, and other outlets. Prof. Moghadam has also authored numerous 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.

Prof. Moghadam holds a Ph.D. in international relations and a Master of Arts 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.

Director of Academic Affairs, International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) & Associate Professor and Director of the MA Program in Government, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, Israel

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