Dina Al Raffie Huehn

Assistant Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
International Relations

Libermann Hall 815
Phone: 412.396.2365


Ph.D. Global Law, University of Navarra
M.A. International Security Studies, German Federal Armed Forces University (Universität der Bundeswehr München)
B.Sc. Management, German University in Cairo

Dina Al Raffie is a professor and researcher in the field of International Security Studies, with a focus on terrorism and political violence, and security in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, Dr. Al Raffie lectured and taught in various locations across Europe, at both university and practitioner levels. Dr. Al Raffie has been a returning adjunct professor on the George C. Marshall Center's Program on Terrorism and Security Studies (GCMC-PTSS) since 2013, and was previously research fellow at the George Washington University's Program on Extremism. She has published on a variety of terrorism-related topics including the identity dynamics of radicalisation, terrorist leadership, terrorist motivations, countering violent extremism (CVE), as well as non-Western counter-terrorism practices; with a focus on her home country at birth, Egypt. Her doctoral research, completed at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, investigates the sources of radicalisation and political violence in the political theory of the Islamic shari'a. She is a frequent speaker and participant in international workshops and conferences on related topics, and is conversant in Arabic, English, and German.


IR 102 - Careers in IR

IR 145 - Global Society

IR 200 - Writing and Research in IR

IR 220 - The Arabs

IR 272 - Governance and National Security in the Arab World

IR 415 - Twenty-First Century Terrorism

ir 423W - Comparative Intelligence Agencies

IR 435 - Political Islam

IR 491 - Internship

IR 493W - Directed Readings


Journal Articles/White Papers/Other

Al Raffie, Dina. "After the Islamic State, Renewed Urgency for Religious Reform." The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. April 2019. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/after-the-islamic-state-renewed-urgency-for-religious-reform

Al Raffie, Dina. "The Identity-Extremism Nexus: Countering Islamist Extremism in the West." George Washington University Program on Extremism. October 2015. https://cchs.gwu.edu/occasional-papers

Al Raffie, Dina. "Straight From the Horse's Mouth: Exploring Deradicalization Claims of Former Egyptian Militant Leaders." Perspectives on Terrorism, 9, no. 1 (2015).

Al Raffie, Dina. "Social Identity Theory for Investigating Islamic Extremism in the Diaspora." Journal of Strategic Security, 6, no. 4 (2013): 67-91.

Al Raffie, Dina. "Whose Hearts and Minds? Narratives and Counter-Narratives of Global Jihadism," Journal of Terrorism Research 3, no. 2 (2012): 13-31.

Book Chapters:
Al Raffie, Dina. "Extremism in Moderation: Understanding State Responses to Terrorism in Egypt." In Non-Western CT Responses, edited by Michael J. Boyle. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2018.

Al Raffie, Dina, and Matthias Huehn. "Leaders in Terrorism: Lessons for Ethical Leadership." In Leadership Lessons from Compelling Contexts, edited by Susanne Braun, Birgit Schyns, and Claudia Peus. UK: Emerald Publishing, 2016.

Al Raffie, Dina. "Terrorist Motivations." In Combating Transnational Terrorism, edited by James K. Wither and Sam Mullins. Sofia: Procon, 2016.

Invited Speaker/Lecturer Conferences and Programs

Program on Terrorism and Security Studies (PTSS), Returning Adjunct Professor, George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies (GCMC), Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (July 2013 - Present)

"Women's Experiences Living Abroad," Robert Morris University (RMU), Pittsburgh, PA (April 2019)

"NATO and Shared Security Challenges in the South: Understanding Drivers of Instability," NATO Joint Force Command HQ, Naples, Italy (April 2018)

"Radicalization into Islamic Extremism," Virtual Lecture, Special Operations Command (SOCOM), (November 2017)

"The Role of Women in Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism," Counterterrorism Community of Interest (COI) Workshop, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (January 2017)

"EU-Med Cooperation in Security," Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Economiques et Sociales, Tunis, Tunisia (November 2016)

"Perspectives on Countering Foreign Terrorist Fighters," Counterterrorism Community of Interest (COI) Workshop, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (November 2015)

"Migration and Refugees: Transnational Security Issues Seminar," Sofia, Bulgaria (April 2015)

"The 'Islamic State': A New Era in Transnational Terrorism?"Counterterrorism Community of Interest (COI) Workshop, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (December 2014)

Central Asia Alumni Workshop "Confronting Radicalization and Extremism," Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (November 2011)


Carl G. Grefenstette Faculty Scholar, 2021.