In the Institute’s latest podcast episode, Visiting Faculty member Dr Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou discusses the aftermath of one of the defining global events of the last decade. Interviewed by Katy Anderson, former BBC correspondent and Institute alumna, he traces the roots of the first transnational movement to declare war on the United States to a decade before the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. He also gives an academic and historic view of the major consequences of the United States reaction to the attacks and the effects that are still playing out in the field of international relations as well as international history and politics.
Listen to the podcast 9/11 Ten Years On.
Dr Mohamedou is a member of the Graduate Institute’s Visiting Faculty in its International History Department, and Master in Development Studies. He is also currently Visiting Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. He has a PhD in Political Science from the City University of New York. He was previously Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Mauritania and prior to that Associate Director of the Programme of Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University where he founded the Transnational and Non-State Armed Groups Project. From 1998-2004, he was Director of Research at the International Council on Human Rights Policy.
His major publications include the books Understanding Al Qaeda: Changing War and Global Politics, and Iraq and the Second Gulf War: State-Building and Regime Security. In French, he has published Contre-croisade: origines et conséquences du 11 septembre.
Changing War and Global Politics
Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou
Updated edition of the controversial book which argues that the only way to defeat Al Qaeda it is to engage with its arguments in a serious way.
“Mohamedou is a top-notch academic. In today’s world, you can’t afford to miss this book.” – Tim Sebastian, award-winning former BBC foreign correspondent and presenter of HARDtalk
“Mohammad Mohamedou has written a political analysis which provides a much-needed secular understanding of Al Qaeda as one among several organised forces in a rapidly changing international arena. Unlike most writers on the subject who tend to be mesmerised by Al Qaeda’s religious discourse, Mohamedou insists on understanding the changing significance of the discourse against a historical backdrop of actions and events.” – Mahmood Mamdani, Herbert Lehman Professor of Government, Columbia University