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Teaching Fellow, University of Portsmouth

Omar Safi is a Teaching Fellow for the University of Portsmouth based at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell. He holds a PhD in War Studies from King's College London. His doctoral project was focused on the role of intelligence in the domestic politics of North African countries and was entitled ‘The origins of the Tunisian Mukhabarat (Intelligence) state its influence on Tunisian state development and domestic politics from 1881 to 1965’. Based on the unprecedented access to the sources of the Ministry of Interior and the First Ministry during Bourguiba’s regime and on the exploration of the archives of France, Italy, and United Kingdom, this work develops the first considered analysis on the evolution of the Tunisian security community and give an appreciation of the degree of influence wielded by Intelligence on Tunisian domestic politics.

Besides his research, Omar Safi worked as Teaching Assistant in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, covering courses on both politics and history. Throughout his studies and after completing his Phd, he offered advice and risk assessments to some pharmaceutical and wealth management companies that wished to invest on MENA countries.


Intelligence Studies
Deception in Peace and War
Strategic and Military Studies
North Africa authoritarian Rule
North African colonial security services and state violence
Insurgencies, Intra-state conflicts and ’dirty wars’


  • –present
    Teaching Fellow, University of Portsmouth