Dr. Myriam Benraad
Myriam Benraad is Assistant Professor at the University of Leiden’s Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs (FGGA), Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA). A political scientist, specialising in Middle East, Arab and Islamic studies, she holds a Ph.D. from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and has taught in a wide range of institutions and universities. She is also a Research Fellow at the Institute for Research and Studies on the Arab and Muslim World (IREMAM, CNRS) and a member of the French Political Science Association (AFSP). Her latest books include Capturing the Islamic State’s Words (Armand Colin, 2017) and Iraq, the Revenge of History: From Foreign Occupation to the Islamic State (Vendémiaire, 2015), among other publications.
In the past several years, the United States has witnessed a concerning rise in far-right extremism and terrorist violence. Attackers in Oak Creek, Charleston, and Pittsburgh emerged from an increasingly emboldened radical right, which has grown in size and ambition in recent years. The Atomwaffen Division—a small, neo-Nazi terrorist organisation—is part of this movement. This […]
On the night of 26 November 2008, ten Kalashnikov-wielding terrorists attacked Mumbai. They stuck simultaneously at five locations, shooting dead 140 Indians and 25 foreign tourists. American and British passport-holders were executed in two luxury hotel complexes. At a Jewish cultural centre, Israeli nationals were tortured before being killed. A fourth location, a café frequented […]
Introduction In recent years, there has been much debate over the role organised crime plays in the commission of terrorism, and vice versa. In this Perspective, I explore the dichotomy that exists between the contention that organised criminals and terrorists are exceptionally similar, against the counterargument that their strategic aims (that is, profit versus political […]