Dr. Elizabeth Grimm is an Associate Professor of Teaching in the Security Studies Program in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She is the author of How the Gloves Came Off: Lawyers, Policy Makers, and Norms in the Debate on Torture (Columbia University Press 2017) and the co-author of Terror in Transition: Leadership and Succession in Terrorist Organizations (Columbia University 2022). Her work has been published in Survival, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, as well as Lawfare, The Washington Post, and Just Security. Prior to her employment at Georgetown University, she worked in the defense and security sectors of the U.S. government. You can follow her on Twitter @ProfLizGrimm.
Key ICCT Publications:
Bacon, T., and Grimm, E. What Leadership Type will Succeed Al-Qaeda’s al-Zawahiri? Perspective, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, 15 July 2022.
Keywords: violent extremism, Sahel, IDPs, refugees, displacement, migration, counter-terrorism With the Sahel crisis entering its tenth year, the indiscriminate violence faced by local populations trapped between various al-Qaeda and Islamic State-affiliated organisations, other non-state armed groups, and counter-terrorism operations, is forcing ever-growing numbers of civilians to flee, resulting in over 2.8 million people being forcibly […]
This Perspective delves into the issue of in absentia prosecution (i.e. without the suspect being present) of individuals who travelled to Syria, analysing the law at the international and domestic level.
This perspective critically examines what type of leader al-Zawahiri has been and what type his eventual successor could be by highlighting five possible successor types.