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Featuring Aaron Y. Zelin

Middle East PolicyCast
September 2020


Media www.rajawalisiber.com – The small North African country of Tunisia endures as a democratic bright spot of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings and, conversely, a major source of manpower for the Islamic State and other violent jihadist movements. How did this nation of 12 million, with little history of domestic terrorism before 2011, come to play such a crucial role in filling the ranks of terrorist groups worldwide?

In this episode of Middle East PolicyCast, jihadism scholar Aaron Zelin, author of the book Your Sons Are at Your Service: Tunisia’s Missionaries of Jihad, explains the country’s little-known role in powering the Islamic State’s rise in Iraq and Syria, the degree to which the 2011 revolution helped unleash jihadism, and the lessons that the United States and other countries should learn from Tunisia’s experience. (THE WASHINGTON INSTITUTE FOR NEAR EAST POLICY)

Aaron Zelin is the Richard Borow Fellow at the Jeanette and Eli Reinhard Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at The Washington Institute and a visiting research scholar at Brandeis University. Among other acclaimed contributions to the study of Sunni Arab foreign fighters, online radicalism, and related issues, he founded the widely cited website Jihadology.net and its podcast, JihadPod.

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About the Author

Aaron Y. Zelin is the Richard Borow Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a visiting research scholar in the Department of Politics at Brandeis University. He is the founder of the website Jihadology.net, a primary source archive of global jihadi materials.

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