Professor of Security and Military Studies and the Founding Chair of the Critical Security Studies Programme at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies
Dr Omar Ashour is professor of security and military studies and the founding chair of the Critical Security Studies Programme at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. He was a tenured faculty member at the University of Exeter (UK) for 10 years (2008-2018) and lectured at McGill University (Canada) for 2 years (2006-2008). Dr Ashour previously served as a senior consultant for the UN on counterterrorism, security sector reform, and de-radicalization issues. He specialises in small state defence; combat and military effectiveness; military adaptations, innovations; counterinsurgency and counterterrorism; and collective de-radicalization. He is an author The De-Radicalization of Jihadists (Routledge, 2009) and How ISIS Fights: Military Tactics in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Egypt (Edinburgh University Press, 2021) and editor of Bullets to Ballots: Collective De-Radicalisation of Armed Movements (Edinburgh University Press, 2021).