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Aaron Y. Zelin

Richard Borow Fellow

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Areas of Expertise

Arab and Islamic Politics, Terrorism

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Aaron Y. Zelin is the Richard Borow Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a visiting research scholar at Brandeis University. He is the author of the forthcoming book Your Sons Are At Your Service: Tunisia's Missionaries of Jihad (Columbia University Press). Zelin is also the founder of the widely acclaimed and cited website and its podcast, JihadPod.

Zelin's research focuses on Sunni Arab jihadi groups in North Africa and Syria as well as the trend of foreign fighting, online jihadism, and jihadi governance. He is also the author of the New America Foundation’s January 2013 study The State of the Global Jihad Online, the June 2014 Washington Institute study The War Between ISIS and al-Qaeda for Supremacy of the Global Jihadist Movement, the January 2016 Washington Institute study The Islamic State’s Territorial Methodology, the editor of the June 2017 Washington Institute study How al-Qaeda Survived Drones, Uprisings, and the Islamic State, and author of the January 2018 Washington Institute study The Others: Foreign Fighters in Libya. His latest book, Your Sons Are at Your Service: Tunisia's Missionaries of Jihad, will be published in December 2019 by Columbia University Press.

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Ph.D., King's College London; M.A., Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Brandeis University; B.A., Indiana University

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