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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. 


  • 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 
  • IR 102 Careers in IR
  • IR 145 Global Society
  • IR 200 Writing and Research in IR
  • IR 220 The Arabs
  • IR 265 Global Feminist Voices in IR
  • IR 272 Governance and National Security in the Arab World
  • IR 315 Women in Global Conflict
  • IR 393 Political and Economic Geography
  • IR 415 Twenty-First Century Terrorism
  • IR 417 Armed Groups
  • 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.
  • Al Raffie, Dina. "The Identity-Extremism Nexus: Countering Islamist Extremism in the West." George Washington University Program on Extremism. October 2015.
  • 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. "Enslaved by the Street: Contemporary Forms of Slavery among the Street Children of Cairo." In Slavery in the Modern Middle East and North Africa: Exploitation and Resistance from the 19th Century - Present Day, edited by Elena Andreeva and Kevin McNeer, (page range TBD). London: I.B. Tauris (2023) – Forthcoming
  • Al Raffie, Dina. "Extremist Islamic Ideology and Terrorism." In The Routledge Handbook of Ideology and International Relations, edited by Jonathan Leader Maynard and Mark L. Haas, 95-113. UK: Routledge (2022).
  • 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.