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Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou is Professor of International History and Chair of the International History Department at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Doctoral School at Sciences Po Paris.

Professor Mohamedou earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the City University of New York. He was Scholar-in-Residence at the Harvard University Centre for Middle Eastern Studies in Cambridge, Massachusetts before becoming Research Associate at the Ralph Bunche Institute on the United Nations in New York. He was Director of Research at the International Council on Human Rights Policy, prior to returning to Harvard where he was Associate Director of the Programme on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research and then Deputy Director and Academic Dean of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

His research focuses on political violence and transnational terrorism, the transformation of warfare, political liberalisation and state-building.


  • 2016–present
    Professor of International History, Graduate Institute, Geneva


  • 1997 
    Harvard University, Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • 1996 
    City University of New York Graduate School, Ph.D. in Political Science


  • 2018
    A Theory of ISIS,
  • 2016
    Democratisation in the 21st Century,
  • 2011
    Understanding Al Qaeda,
  • 2003
    Iraq and the Second Gulf War,