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About Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou is deputy director and academic dean of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and adjunct professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. He is the author of Understanding AlQaeda (Pluto Press, 2011).

Articles by Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

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Clare Sambrook

Clare Sambrook, investigative journalist, co-edits Shine a Light.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Misunderstanding IS, again

Replaying the theocratic analyses of al-Qaeda with IS is amnesic and short-sighted and misses the novelty of the group.

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

The 9/11 attacks catapulted the al-Qaida to global attention. What is its condition today, and do Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri still exercise control? Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou assesses a movement in flux.

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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