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Research Fellow (Cand. Polit, Dr. Philos)

​Research areas:

  • Jihadism in Europe
  • Social dynamics and leadership in transnational terrorist networks
  • Middle East jihadism after ISIS


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Petter Nesser is a senior researcher at FFI’s Terrorism Research Group. He is a political scientist, historian and arabist, educated at the University of Oslo (UiO) and The American University in Cairo (AUC). Dr Nesser has conducted extensive research on European jihadism for more than a decade while concentrating on why and how terrorist cells emerge, and how they operate.


Nesser is currently focusing on jihadism in the Middle East post-ISIS, and working on a book about leaders of transnational militant Islamist movements. He has communicated research findings in Norway and internationally, through academic conferences and teaching, speeches before public sector and NGOs, and via media.

His most recent publications include:


  • "Islamist Terrorism in Europe, A History" Hurst Publishers, 2015.
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  • Terror i Europa: IS-Effekten” [Terrorism in Europe: the IS-effect] Norwegian Institute of Foreign Affairs (NUPI), Hvor Hender Det?, Issue 17, 27 September 2017.
  • IS-Terror i Europa: Hvordan Dannes Terrorceller?,” [IS-terrorism in Europe: how do terrorist cells emerge?] Norwegian Institute of Foreign Affairs (NUPI), Hvor Hender Det?, Issue 19, 1 November 2017.
  • Perspectives on Terrorism special issue on European jihadism, Vol 10, No 6 (December 2016), (co-editor).
  • “Jihadi Terrorism in Europe: The IS-Effect,” Perspectives on Terrorism 10, no. 6 (December, 2016), with Anne Stenersen and Emilie Oftedal.
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  • “Jihadism in Norway: A Typology of Militant Networks in a Peripheral European Country,” Perspectives on Terrorism 10, no. 6 (December, 2016), with Brynjar Lia.
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