Dr. Haroro J. Ingram
Dr. Haroro J. Ingram is a research fellow with the Coral Bell School, Australian National University (Canberra). His primary postdoctoral research project analyses the role of propaganda in the strategies of violent non-state political movements with Islamic State and the Afghan Taliban as major case studies. This three-year project is funded by the Australian Research Council under its Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA). As an Associate Fellow with the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT), Ingram is working on the Counter-terrorism Strategic Communications (CTSC) Project team and has authored or co-authored several articles on a range of topics related to how best to understand and counter extremist propaganda. His doctoral thesis examined a chain of militant Islamist charismatic leaders stretching from the late-1800s to the 21st century. Major case studies analysed the charismatic appeal of figures such as Abdullah Azzam, Osama Bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki.
Ingram’s research draws heavily on primary source materials, most of which is collected during periods of fieldwork in South Asia (Afghanistan) and the Middle East (Iraq). He has interviewed civilians as well as current and former activists and fighters from Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya and Syria. His field research has also included interviews with current and former counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operatives. Ingram is currently an Associate Fellow with ICCT and a Visiting Fellow with the Naval Postgraduate School’s Defense Analysis Department (Monterey, California). His research has been published in the RUSI Journal, Australian Journal of International Affairs, The Washington Post, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and Australian Journal of Political Science amongst others. Prior to accepting his current role with the Australian National University, Ingram worked in a variety of national security roles.
Key Publications include:
Ingram, H.J. “An analysis of Islamic State’s Dabiq magazine”, Australian Journal of Political Science, Vol 51, Issue 3 (2016).
Ingram, H.J. “An analysis of Inspire and Dabiq: Lessons from AQAP and Islamic State’s propaganda war”, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism (2016).
Ingram, H.J. “The strategic logic of Islamic State information operations“, Australian Journal of International Affairs. Vol 65, Issue 6 (2015).
Ingram, H.J. “Three traits of Islamic State’s information warfare“, RUSI Journal: Vol 159, Issue 6 (2014).
Ingram. H.J. “The charismatic leadership phenomenon in radical and militant Islamism“, Routledge: (2014).
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