About Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou heads the Regional Development Programme at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and teaches at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. He is the author of Understanding Al Qaeda - Changing War and Global Conflict (Pluto, 2nd edition, 2011) and Contre-Croisade - Le 11 Septembre et le Retournement du Monde (Harmattan, 2011), and a contributor to Jussi M Hanhimäki & Bernhard Blumenau eds., An International History of Terrorism  Western and Non-Western Experiences  (Routledge, 2013)

Articles by Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

State-building vs intervention, or how not to help

Together, distorted understanding and flawed policy have compounded the problems of weak states in the global south. A different approach to state-building is needed, says Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

AQIM: Maghreb to Mali, and back

The crisis in Mali highlights the distinctive character and trajectory of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb. A group forged in reactivity and ambiguity, marked by fluid leadership and unarticulated doctrine, finds itself at a crossroads, says Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou.

Towards the real al-Qaida

As the sixth anniversary of the 11 September 2001 attacks on the United States has approached, talk of a reconstituted, strengthened, and resurrected al-Qaida have proliferated among officialdom, security experts, and the establishment media. The opening salvo of that discourse came in early April 2007 when the New York Times reported that al-Qaida has come to be working today precisely as Osama bin Laden had initially envisaged. By July, using language echoing the prescient August 2001 memorandum to President George W Bush (see CNN, "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US", 10 April 2004), the US's national-intelligence council produced an estimate entitled "Al-Qaida Better Positioned to Strike the West".

The dividends of asymmetry: al-Qaida's evolving strategy

A year without a major al-Qaida attack might suggest an organisation in retreat. Not so, says Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou.
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