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Dr Alia Brahimi is an established specialist in terrorism and political trends in the Middle East and North Africa.

She has held a number of academic posts, most recently as Visiting Fellow at the Oxford University Changing Character of War Programme, at Pembroke College. She was previously a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics (2009-2013) and a Research Associate in International Relations at the University of Oxford (2007-2009).

Alia is a Founder and Director of Legatus, a London-based strategic intelligence and advisory firm.

Alia read for her Master’s (MPhil) and PhD (DPhil) in International Relations at the University of Oxford, where she also completed her post-doctoral research. She is the author of Jihad and Just War in the War on Terror (OUP, 2010) as well as a series of academic articles and policy briefs on jihadist ideology and strategy, Islamism, Libya, Iraq and Syria.  

At the Frontline Club with Sam Kylie, Patrick Coburn, Peter Neumann and Aymen al-Tamimi

At the Frontline Club with Sam Kylie, Patrick Coburn, Peter Neumann and Aymen al-Tamimi

In November 2015, she served as an expert witness to the UK Defence Select Committee on emerging threats from the Middle East and North Africa.

Alia is regularly quoted by the international press, and appears in the broadcast media, including on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, BBC Ten O’Clock News, Al Jazeera’s Inside Story, National Public Radio (USA) and BBC Newsnight.

Her op-eds and analysis pieces have been published by the Daily Telegraph, Al Jazeera, The Atlantic Council, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Institut Francais des Relations Internationales (Ifri), and Al Majalla, among others.

Alia  is also an experienced speaker, and has addressed a range of public, corporate and academic audiences, including at the Frontline Club, the UK Parliament, The V&A Museum, Windsor Castle, the Oxford University Middle East Centre, the Cambridge Centre for International Studies, the York Festival of Ideas and the Royal Bank of Scotland.