Dr. Omar Ashour is a  in Security Studies in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, at the University of Exeter. He is an  at Chatham House in London and the author of , the first book on transitions from armed to unarmed activism by several Islamists organisations in the Middle East and North Africa. His recent publications include “ , “” and “.” Dr. Ashour specialises in asymmetric armed conflict, Islamist movements, insurgency/counterinsurgency, terrorism studies, and democratisation (with a main focus on civil-military relations and security sector reform). He previously served as a senior consultant for the United Nations on security sector reform, counter-terrorism, and de- radicalization issues. He is a regular contributor to media outlets including the BBC, al-Jazeera, Sky News, CNN, al-Arabiya and others. His op-eds are frequently published in Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Independental-Jazeera.net, CNN.com, Project Syndicate and other media outlets in seven languages, in over 40 countries. He is currently working on a book analysing the military tactics and strategies of IS in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Egypt.

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