Tore Hamming holds a Ph.D. in political and social sciences from the European University Institute in Florence. He is a non-resident fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, King’s College and a former fellow at the Middle East Institute, CERI-Sciences Po, and the Danish Institute for International Studies.
In his research, Hamming specializes in Sunni Jihadism and particularly the internal dynamics between and within Sunni Jihadi groups. His Ph.D. dissertation builds on primary material and interviews with Jihadi ideologues and deals with the split in early 2014 between al-Qaida and the Islamic State and the ensuing conflict and competition between the two groups, not just affecting the two groups in question but the Sunni Jihadi movement more broadly. Hamming has conducted field work in Jordan, Iraq, Morocco, Egypt, Nigeria and Somalia among other places.
Hamming’s academic research has been published in Perspectives on Terrorism and Terrorism and Political Violence, while his analysis has appeared in international media including Le Monde, Al Jazeera, World Policy Review, War on the Rocks and the Guardian. Hamming is also a regular contributor to the blog Jihadica.
He now runs the consultancy Refslund Analytics.
Key ICCT Publications:
Hamming, T. Al-Hazimiyya: the ideological conflict destroying the Islamic State from within. Research Paper, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague, 4 May 2021
This paper nuances existing understandings of terrorists’ motivations by uncovering the emotional process of ressentiment in the manifestos of three far-right violent extremists. Through the application of Reinhard Wolf’s framework of discourse analysis, it finds that ressentiment plays a significant role in self-legitimating perpetrators’ attacks, though the resented group is different than expected. Surprisingly, the […]
While the Islamic State’s early years after its expansion from Iraq to Syria are generally considered a success, it was also during this period that internal ideological tensions developed within the group. The emerging faction of al-Hazimiyya, named after the Saudi cleric Ahmad al-Hazimi, instigated a power struggle within the group that posed a serious […]
This policy brief discusses the threat of maritime terrorism in the Tri-border area and the weaknesses of the Trilateral Cooperative Arrangement, a trilateral treaty between Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines that was set up to mitigate terrorism in the region. We also highlight the challenges associated with counter-terrorism in the region such as resource allocation […]