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Egypt's draft constitution translated
From Egypt Independent, December 2, 2012:

Reading Egypt's Draft Constitution
From New York Times, November 30, 2012

Letters from Abbottabad: Bin Ladin Sidelined?
May 03, 2012 - Authors: Don Rassler, Gabriel Koehler-Derrick, Liam Collins, Muhammad al-Obaidi, Nelly Lahoud

Department of Political Science at The University of Aarhus

ICSR: Al-Qaeda's Centre of Gravity: A Discussion with NYPD Intel Chief
Intelligence Risk Assessment 2011 from the Danish Defence Intelligence Service (DDIS)

Germans are much less tolerant of Muslims”, Survey of religious plurality in Europe made by the cluster of excellence ‘Religion and Politics’, University of Münster, Germany, Code book (in German)
Press release (2 December 2010)

ICSR: Instant Analysis: New Issue of al-Qaeda’s ‘Inspire’ Magazine

Anja Dalgaard-Nielsen: Violent Radicalization in Europe: What We Know and What We Do Not Know, Published in: Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Volume 33, Issue 9 September 2010 , pages 797 - 814

ICSR: The International Centre For Study of Radicalisation (June 2010)

Jihadica - a clearinghouse for materials related to militant, transnational Sunni Islamism

Thomas Hegghammer, Jihadica: Homegrown Literature - about CIR’s reports on young Muslims and radicalisation in 5 European cities


Mehdi Mozaffari' s interview by the international news channel France 24:
Iran: la voix du guide contre la voix du peuple? (August 4, 2009)

Mehdi Mozaffari: What Comes Next For Iran? (July 16, 2009)

ICSR: Stephen Tankel: Lashkar-e- Taiba: From 9/11 to Mumbai (April/ May 2009)

ICRS: Countering Radicalisation and Political Violence

ICSR: Jeffrey B. Cozzens: The Culture of Global Jihad: Character, Future Challenges and Recommendations (October 2008)

ICSR: Countering Online Radicalisation A Strategy for Action (January 2009)

ICSR: Countering Online Radicalisation A Strategy for Action, Executive Summary (2009)

ci-The Change Institute: Studies into violent radicalisation; Lot 2 The beliefs ideologies and narratives (2008)

ci-The Change Institute: Study on the best practices in cooperation between authorities and civil society with a view to the prevention and response to violent radicalisation

Publications from FFI’s (The Norwegian Defence Research Establishment) terrorism research group:

The Islamic Emirate of Fallujah, FFI research fellow Truls Hallberg Tønnessen presented this paper at the Annual International Studies Association Convention in Montreal, 16-19 March 2011. 

Jihadi Insurgents and the Perils of Territorialisation, FFI senior research fellow Brynjar Lia presented this paper at the Annual International Studies Association Convention in Montreal, 16-19 March 2011.

Chronology of Jihadism in Western Europe Update 2008-2010 , FFI research fellow Petter Nesser has authored this working paper, which provides an update of the data presented in his article in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 31 (10) (October 2008).

Anne Stenersen, FFI research fellow, FFI Research Report on the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, “The Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan: Organization, leadership and worldview”,


Thomas Hegghammer, FFI Research fellow, Article n Occasional Paper Series, West Point/CTC, “The Failure of Jihad in Saudi Arabia” , 26 February 2010, The Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) website:


Presentation and paper by FFI research fellow Anne Stenersen at the seminar "Al-Qaeda Central: Capabilities, Allies, and Messages," hosted by the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. on 25 February 2010, “Al Qaeda's Allies: The relationship between al-Qaida and various factions of the Taliban after 2001”. See the presentation


Article by FFI Research fellow Thomas Hegghammer in the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 16 December 2009.
Read the article (subscription required): “Jihad, Yes, But Not Revolution: Explaining the Extraversion of Islamist Violence in Saudi Arabia


Presentation by FFI senior research fellow Brynjar Lia at the seminar "Irregular Warfare in Modern Times: Nasty, Brutish, But Not Short", United States Naval War College Conference Sponsored by The Center For Naval Warfare Studies & The John Brown Chair on Counter-Terrorism, 15-16 September 2009, “Global Jihadi Strategic Theory”. Read about the seminar.


Thomas Hegghammer,FFI Senior Research Fellow, Article in Current Trends in Islamist Ideology, Vol. 9,  “The Ideological Hybridization of Jihadi Groups” November 2009


Thomas Hegghammer,FFI Senior Research Fellow, Op-Ed article in, “The Big Impact of Small Footprints” November 2009


Anne Stenersen, PhD-stipendiat ved FFI, Norsk Militært Tidsskrift No.4/2009, “Al-Qaidas fotsoldater i Afghanistan”


Brynjar Lia, Forskningsleder dr philos, “Al-Qaida og terrortrusselen åtte år etter 11. september", 29. september 2009


Anne Stenersen, FFI Research fellow , appeared in the CTC Sentinel, Volume.2, Issue.9: “Are the Afghan Taliban Involved in International Terrorism?” September 2009

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Audun Kolstad Wiig: “Islamist opposition in the Islamic Republic: Jundullah and the spread of extremist Deobandism in Iran”, FFI Research Report No. 2009/01265

Qandeel Sham Siddique: “Weapons of Mass Instruction? A preliminary exploration of the link between madrassas in Pakistan and militancy”, FFI Research Report No.2008/02326. In this  report, FFI Researcher Qandeel Sham Siddique examines the impact of Pakistani madrassas on violent militancy.

Petter Nesser: “Motivations for jihad in Europe”, 30 June 2009, Washington D. C., USA. Paper presented at Combating Terrorism Center’s Harmony Workshop “Précis: Jihadist Networks in Europe”.


Dr Brynjar Lia: “The Terrorism Threat to Energy Supply Chains”, 3 March 2009

Read about Counteract: COUNTERACT AT A GLANCE



FFI Research fellow Thomas Hegghammer has contributed to Foreign Policy at: . Read the contributions:

"Lady Gaga vs. the Occupation". By Thomas Hegghammer, 31 March 2010.

"Yemeni threat in Saudi Arabia?". By Thomas Hegghammer, 26 March 2010.

"There is nothing soft about Saudi counterterrorism". By Thomas Hegghammer, 11 March 2010.


FFI research fellows Thomas Hegghammer, Anne Stenersen, Hanna Rogan, Qandeel Sham Siddique, and Truls Hallberg Tønnessen have contributed to the blog JIHADICA-Documenting the Global Jihad at Read their contributions:

"Did the Quetta Shura Break With al-Qaida?". By Anne Stenersen, 22 March 2010


"Spy Forums". By Thomas Hegghammer, 19 March 2010

"Did Jordanian Intelligence Kill Abdallah Azzam?". By Thomas Hegghammer, 28 February 2010

"Aafia Siddiqui". By Qandeel Siddique, 24 February 2010

"Justifying Jihad against Pakistan". By Qandeel Siddique, 19 February 2010

"Hittin Magazine: China - Friend or Foe?". By Qandeel Siddique, 23 December 2009

"New Interview with Jalaluddin Haqqani". By Qandeel Siddique, 19 November 2009

"Pakistani Jihadis on Kerry-Lugar Bill, Nobel Prize". By Qandeel Siddique, 23 October 2009

"New FFI Report on Jundullah". By Thomas Hegghammer, 20 October 2009

"Ft Hood Roundup" . By Thomas Hegghammer, 16 November 2009

"New Articles on the Muslim Brotherhood". By Thomas Hegghammer, 14 November 2009


"How al-Sahab Works". By Thomas Hegghammer, 2 November 2009

"The Taliban, the UN and al-Qaida" . By Anne Stenersen, 30 October 2009

"Magazines". By Thomas Hegghammer, 29 October 2009

"Fizazi Letter Published" . By Thomas Hegghammer, 29 October 2009

"Fizazi Joining Recantation Club?" By Thomas Hegghammer, 26 October 2009

"Pakistani Jihadis on Kerry-Lugar Bill, Nobel Prize". By Qandeel Siddique, 23 October 2009

"New FFI Report on Jundullah" . By Thomas Hegghammer, 20 October 2009

"Al-Qaida and the German Elections" . By Thomas Hegghammer,  25 September 2009

"Annual Jihadi Cyberbattle Sees Return of Ikhlas". By Thomas Hegghammer, 11 September 2009

"Blackwater in Pakistan". By Qandeel Siddique, 11  September 2009

"Apologies and Introductions". By Thomas Hegghammer, 9 September2009

"Libyan Jihad Revisions". By Thomas Hegghammer, 8 September 2009

"New Articles on al-Maqdisi and Bin Nayif" By Thomas Hegghammer, 6 September  2009

"Conference Bonanza". By Thomas Hegghammer, 4 September 2009

"Jaysh-e-Mohammed on Madrasas" By Qandeel Siddique, 3 September 2009

"AQ Claims Bin Nayif Attack". By Thomas Hegghammer,  29 August 2009

"On the Bin Nayif Assassination Attempt". By Thomas Hegghammer, 28 August 2009

"A Swat Rebel Speaks (part 2)". By Qandeel Siddique, 7 August 2009

"A Swat Rebel Speaks (part 1)". By Qandeel Siddique, 5 August  2009

"The Posts That Never Were". By Thomas Hegghammer, 23 July  2009

"Abu al-Yazid Mending Fences with Hamas". By Thomas Hegghammer, 20 July  2009

"Last Man Standing". By Thomas Hegghammer,  3 July 2009

"New Study of Jihadi WMD Chatter". By Thomas Hegghammer, 30 June2009

"Obama is more Dangerous than Bush". By Thomas Hegghammer, 29 June 2009

"A Brief History of Jihadism in Turkey". By Einar Wigen, 26 June 2009

"Weekend Trivia". By Thomas Hegghammer, 19 June 2009

"Are the Uzbeks Going Global?" By Einar Wigen, 17 June 2009

"Neumann Strikes Again" By Thomas Hegghammer, 16 June 2009

"Why is al-Sahab Called al-Sahab?". By Thomas Hegghammer, 15 June 2009

"The Gadahn Factor". By Thomas Hegghammer, 14 June2009

"New FFI Report and Conference Papers". By Thomas Hegghammer, 10 June2009

"A Note on Air France Flight 447" By Thomas Hegghammer,  10 June2009.

“Jihadi reactions to Obama”. By Thomas Hegghammer, June 4th, 2009

“Bin Ladin in Trouble?”. By Thomas Hegghammer, June 3rd, 2009

“Al-Baghdadi Speaks”. By Thomas Hegghammer, May 12th, 2009

“Emirate of Confusion”. By Truls Tønnessen, May 8th, 2009

“Taliban’s View of the Upcoming Elections”. By Anne Stenersen, May 5th, 2009

“Jihadi Reactions to the Torture Memos”. By Thomas Hegghammer, May 4th, 2009

“Jihadists Study Jihadi Studies”. By Thomas Hegghammer, April 29th, 2009

“Maqdisi invokes McCants”. By Thomas Hegghammer, April 18th, 2009

“Q&A in Bellum”. By Thomas Hegghammer, April 15th, 2009

“Jihadica Shmoohadica”. By Thomas Hegghammer, April 8th, 2009

“Jihad Recollections”. By Thomas Hegghammer, April 7th, 2009

“Oslo Workshop Summary (part 2)”. By Thomas Hegghammer, April 3rd, 2009

“Virtual safe havens and the war of ideas”. By Thomas Hegghammer, March 31st, 2009

“Oslo Workshop Summary (part 1)”. By Thomas Hegghammer, March 31st, 2009

“Back [Update on Jihadi journals etc]”. By Thomas Hegghammer, March 26th, 2009

“Child Martyrs”. By Qandeel Siddique, March 11th, 2009

“The History of the Jihadi Forums”. By Anne Stenersen, March 4th, 2009

“Prêt à porter terrorism”. By Thomas Hegghammer, March 2nd, 2009

“Maqdisi Dispute Spills into the Open”. By Thomas Hegghammer, February 27th, 2009

“New AQIM abduction cases”. By Hanna Rogan, February 24th, 2009

“Infighting over Distribution of New Uighur Magazine”. By Thomas Hegghammer, February 20th, 2009

“Al-Awfi Captured, New Yemen Blog”. By Thomas Hegghammer, February 17th, 2009

“Magazine Update”. By Thomas Hegghammer, February 12th, 2009

“Understanding Jihadism: Origins, Evolution, and Future Perspectives”

A round-table seminar jointly organized by the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI), Sciences Po (France) and Combating Terrorism Center/West Point (USA), was held at the Holmenkollen Park Hotel Rica in Oslo on 19-21 March 2009.

Anne Stenersen: “Foreign fighters in Afghanistan and Pakistan after 9/11”

Truls H. Tønnessen: “The advent of the Sunni insurgency in Iraq”

Thomas Hegghammer: “Why Robert Pape is right: jihadi ideological cleavages and patterns of suicide bombings”

Hanna Rogan: “Violent Patterns: A quantitative study of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghrib”

Petter Nesser: “The search for a jihadi identity in Europe”

“ Whither Al-Qaida? Assessing Its Ideological Evolution and Its Struggle to Stay Relevant in Local Insurgencies”

FFI's Terrorism Research Group organised a panel at The Annual International Studies Association Convention (ISA) in New York, 14-18 February 2009, during which the following papers were presented:

Anne Stenersen: “Blood Brothers or a Marriage of Convenience? The Ideological Relationship between al-Qaida and the Taliban”

Petter Nesser: “Ideological influences and patterns of Jihadism in Europe”

Truls Hallberg Tønnessen: “Which Jihad in Iraq?”

Hanna Rogan: “Al-Qaida in Islamic Maghreb: Ideological Dissent in the Algerian Jihad”

Brynjar Lia: “Does al-Qaida Articulate a Consistent Strategy? A Study of al-Qaida Leadership Statements, 2001-2008”




Pro-Jihadi websites post and discuss FFI publications

The book Architect of Global Jihad: The Life of al-Qaeda Strategist Abu Mus’ab al-Suri. New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 2008, by FFI senior research fellow Brynjar Lia has been posted, discussed and even ”reviewed” on several of the most important pro-jihadi websites. See postings on al-Hesbah, Shumukh al-Islam, Fallujah, Ansar Al-Mujahideen Network, Shabakat al-Qimmah al-Islamiyyah, "The Ignored Puzzle Pieces of Knowledge"-Blog, and Jihadi Recollections No.2 (May 2009): 31-34.

FFI Research Report “Jihadism Online: A study of how al-Qaida and radical Islamist groups use the Internet for terrorist purposes” by Hanna Rogan has been translated and posted on the pro-jihadi online library Minbar al-Tawhid wa’l-Jihad



FFI research fellow Hanna Rogan is on a one year leave from FFI starting 1 May, 2009.FFI senior research fellow Thomas Hegghammer has earned a scholarship at the renowned Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS, for the academic year 2008-2009.New FFI website: FFI’s publications on terrorism have been thematically organised to facilitate easy access: Go to Research Areas or Forskningsområder


Thomas Hegghammer in The National : The struggle within (feb. 2009)

Einar Wigen: “Islamic Jihad Union: al-Qaida’s Key to the Turkic World?” (2009)


FFI’s Research Consultant Qandeel Sham Siddique: What is Lashkar-e-Taiba? (2009)


Are Hovdenak: Al-Qaida - a challenge for Hamas? (2009)


Petter Nesser Chronology of Jihadism in Western Europe 1994–2007: Planned, Prepared, and Executed Terrorist Attacks (2008)

Anne Stenersen: Nuclear Terrorism: Hype, Hoax or Waiting to Happen? Nuclear ambitions and capabilities of terrorist organsations (2008)

Thomas Hegghammer: The rise and fall of al-Qaida on the Arabian Peninsula- Qu'est-ce que le salafisme? Read about the book here (2008)

Brynjar Lia: Doctrines for Jihadi Terrorist Training (2008)

Truls Hallberg Tønnessen: Training on a Battlefield: Iraq as a Training Ground for Global Jihadis (2008)

Bjørn Olav Utvik & Truls Hallberg Tønnessen: Islamist Movements in the Middle East: Challenging the Autocrats (2008)

The Royal Institute of International Affairs: Islamist violence and regime stability in Saudi Arabia (2008)

Danish Embassy Bombing in Islamabad and Pakistan’s Security Situation (2008)

Book reviews- Recently published books by FFI:


The National Newspaper: Until the end of time (16 January 2009)

informaworld: Brynjar Lia. Architect of Global Jihad: The life of Al-Qaida Strategist Abu Mus'ab al-Suri (2008)

Calcutta Telegraph: SMALL MAN WHO FOOLED THE WEST (25 July 2008)

Recent international media appearances:

The National, "Show goes on for Qatar theatre group five years after suicide attack", 19 March 2010 (Hegghammer)


Der Spiegel, "Terrortruppe recycelt eigene Propaganda", 20 January 2010 (Hegghammer)


Science, "Engineers and Mujahideen", 15 January 2010 (Hegghammer)


Politiken, "Ingen sager mod somaliere om finansiering af terror", 11 January 2010 (Hegghammer)


Reuters, "Bomber's betrayal shows spy challenge for West", 10 January 2010 (Lia)


The Scotsman, "Analysis: Local grievances are being sucked into 'global jihad'", 21 November 2009 (Hegghammer)


CNN (Amanpour), "Al Qaeda: Resurgent or on the run?", 12 November 2009 (Hegghammer)


Berlingske Tidende, "Første terrorplan mod Europa fra USA", 28 October 2009 (Nesser)

Der Spiegel, "Der Hassprediger, der nicht mehr hassen will", 29 October 2009 (Lia, Hegghammer)

Der Spiegel, "Infamous Islamist Imam Forswears Terror", 29 October 2009 (Lia, Hegghammer)

Reuters, "Pakistan: Now or Never?", 25 October 2009 (Siddique)

Foreign Policy, "The jihadisphere reaction to the Obama speech", June 5th (Hegghammer)

Christian Science Monitor, "Obama vs. bin Laden: A battle for Muslim hearts" June 3rd (Hegghammer)

Scandinavian Oil-Gas Magazine, "Iraq violence intensifies on oil go-ahead", 14 May 2009 (Tønnessen)

Information, "Al Qaedas store fortælling", 13 May 2009 (Tønnessen)

Foreign Policy, "Start beating the Taliban, then talk", 8 May 2009 (Stenersen)

Reuters Global News Blog, "Post-Iraq, would-be militants eye Pakistan", 6 May 2009 (Stenersen, Lia)

Foreign Policy, "Irreparable Damage", 5 May 2009 (Hegghammer)

The New York Times, "Credentials Challenged, Radical Quotes West Point", 29 April 2009 (Hegghammer)

Kristeligt Dagblad, "Professor: Al-Qaeda mister tiltrækningskraft", 23 April 2009 (Lia)

Washington Post, "Trial Opens in Alleged Plot Against U.S. Targets", 23 April 2009 (Nesser)

Huffington Post, "Yemen Faces Make-Or-Break Moment With Grave Implications", 23 April 2009 (Hegghammer)

Bellum, Q&A with Thomas Hegghammer, 15 April 2009 (Hegghammer)

The New Republic, "No Place to Hide", 31 March 2009 (Hegghammer)

Christian Science Monitor, "Jihadi Dispute Points to Deeper Radicalism among Youth", 27 March 2009 (Hegghammer)

World Politics Review, "The Re-education of Radical Islam," 16 March 2009 (Hegghammer)

Svenska Dagbladet, "Har al-Qaida äntligen nått medeltiden?", 3 februari 2009 (Stenersen)

National Public Radio, "Saudi Arabia wants help tracking down terrorists" (Hegghammer), "Saudi Jihadist Dies in Gaza", 30 January 2009 (Hegghammer)

Christian Science Monitor, "Militants in Yemen threatened Monday to strike the US Embassy for a second time", 27 January 2009 (Hegghammer).

BBC documentary, "Inside Scotland's Terror Cell", 16 December 2008 (Lia)

Christian Science Monitor, "Ideological clash of two jihadi titans shakes Al Qaeda", 15 December 2008 (Hegghammer)

The National (UAE), "Presidential polls may spur militancy", 8 Dec 2008 (Rogan)

France24 - FFI’s research fellow Laila Bokhari in : The Debate: The Pakistan after Musharraf Abu Musab Al-Suri, architecte du jihad global - Entretien avec Brynjar Lia (2008)


ICSR: The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (June 2008)


THE NEW YORKER: A Reporter at Large: The Rebellion Within: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker (June 2008)


The Berkeley Electronic Press: Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (June 2008)

Department for Communities and Local Government: Preventing Violent Extremism: Next Steps For Communities (July 2008)

The Danish Institute for International Studies, DIIS: Danish Foreign Policy Yearbook 2008 (2008)

The RAND Corporation: HOW TERRORIST GROUPS END- Lessons for Countering al Qa’ida (2008)

Policy Exchange: The hijacking of British Islam - How extremist literature is subverting mosques in the UK (2007)

The New York City Police Department: Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat (2007)

Department of Social Sciences- United States Military Academy: Harmony and Disharmony - Exploiting al-Qa’ida’s Organizational Vulnerabilities (February 2006)

Ministère de l’éducation nationale: Les signes et manifestations d’appartenance religieuse dans les établissements scolaires (2004)