Fight Abroad or Attack at Home? Inside Militant Jihadist Terrorism: A Discussion with Thomas Hegghammer



THE CENTER ON NATIONAL SECURITY AT FORDHAM LAW PRESENTS:

 

FLIGHT ABROAD OR ATTACK AT HOME?

INSIDE MILITANT JIHADIST TERRORISM: A DISCUSSION WITH THOMAS HEGGHAMMER

 

Leading terrorism expert Thomas Hegghammer visited the Center on National Security to address the mythologies surrounding militant jihadists- particularly the notion that they prefer to attack the West. Throughout his research, he has found that while jihadists prefer to attack abroad, the few who do return home continue to launch attacks; having trained abroad, they become far more lethal. 

Thomas Hegghamer is an academic specialist on violent Islamism. He is currently director of terrorism research at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) and adjunct professor of political science at the University of Oslo. Dr. Hegghammer is the author and co-author of severalbooks, including Jihad in Saudi Arabia (Cambridge 2010), al-Qaida in its own words (Harvard 2008), and The Meccan Rebellion (Amal 2011). He has published widely in academic journals, including the American Political Science Review and International SecurityHe has testified in the U.S. Congress and British Parliament, written op-eds for the New York Times and al-Sharq al-Awsat, and appeared on CNN'sAmanpour and Anderson Cooper shows.