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Research Fellow (B.A., M. Phil., Dr. Philos.)

​Research areas:
Jihadism in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Al-Qaida leadership and strategy
Al-Qaida and CBRN
Terrorist Modus Operandi
Rebel Governance


Anne Stenersen is a senior research fellow at FFI’s Terrorism Research Group. With an academic background rooted in Middle Eastern studies, Arabic and Russian, she has conducted research on militant Islamism since 2006. Her research is currently focused on al-Qaida’s history, leadership and strategy and jihadism in Afghanistan and Pakistan. She has also conducted research on terrorist modus operandi, terrorist use of the Internet and CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) terrorism.


Dr. Stenersen holds an M.Phil in Asian and African Studies and a Ph.D. in history, both from the University of Oslo. She wrote her doctoral dissertation in 2012 on the relationship between al-Qaida and Taliban in Afghanistan.


Dr. Stenersen’s recent publications include:
Al-Qaida in Afghanistan (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017)
“Thirty Years After its Foundation, Where is al-Qaida Going?” Perspectives on Terrorism, Vol. 11, no. 6 (2017)
“Jihadistenes program i Europa,” Internasjonal Politikk, Vol. 74, no. 4 (2016)
“Jihadi Terrorism in Europe: The IS-Effect,” (with Petter Nesser and Emilie Oftedal) Perspectives on Terrorism Vol. 10, no. 6 (2016)


For a complete and updated list of publications, please visit Anne Stenersen’s homepage.

Office phone: +47 63 80 77 45

Anne Stenersen. Photo: FFI
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