Mahmoud Mohamedou

Mohamed Mahmoud MOHAMEDOU

Deputy Director, Graduate Institute
Professor, International History and Politics
Director of Executive Education
Faculty Associate, Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy
Spoken languages
Arabic, English, French, Spanish
Areas of expertise
  • Political violence
  • State-building
  • Transitions to democracy
  • Racism
  • Nationalism
  • Foreign policy
  • Diplomacy
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Middle East
  • North Africa
  • North America
  • Europe
  • Subsaharan Africa



PhD, Political Science, City University of New York

Mohamed Mahmoud Mohamedou is Deputy Director of the Graduate Institute, Professor of International History and Politics and Director of Executive Education. He is Visiting Professor at Sciences Po Paris and at the University of Saint-Gallen. He is the author, notably of a trilogy on the post-11 September era; Contre-Croisade – Le 11 Septembre et le Retournement du Monde (2004), Understanding Al Qaeda – Changing War and Global Politics (2011) and A Theory of ISIS – Political Violence and the Transformation of the Global Order (2018). Professor Mohamedou holds a PhD in Political Science from the City University of New York. He was Scholar-in-Residence at the Harvard University Centre for Middle Eastern Studies in Cambridge, Massachusetts before becoming a Research Associate at the Ralph Bunche Institute on the United Nations in New York. He was Director of Research at the International Council on Human Rights Policy, prior to returning to Harvard as Associate Director of the Programme on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research. He subsequently served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mauritania before returning to Geneva at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) where he was Deputy Director and Academic Dean. His research focuses on political violence and transnational terrorism, the transformation of warfare, state-building, transitions to democracy and racism. Widely published, Professor Mohamedou is regularly quoted in the world’s media for his expertise and is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. He is the recipient of the 2020-2021 International Studies Association (ISA) Global South Distinguished Award and the recognition prize of the Collège de France in November 2017.





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Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou
Orientalism Today | A Conversation with Hamid Dabashi (Columbia University)
A Brief History of Democracy in Africa
A Brief History of Decolonization
The Geopolitics of Malcolm X | A Conversation with Moshik Temkin (Harvard University)