Dalia Ghanem

Resident Scholar
Middle East Center

Dalia Ghanem is a resident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where her work examines political and extremist violence, radicalization, Islamism, and jihadism with an emphasis on Algeria.

Dalia Ghanem is a resident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where her work examines political and extremist violence, radicalization, Islamism, and jihadism with an emphasis on Algeria. She also focuses on the participation of women in jihadist groups. Ghanem has been a guest speaker on these issues in various conferences and a regular commentator in different Arab and international print and audio-visual media.  

Ghanem was previously an El-Erian fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Center. Prior to joining Carnegie in 2013, she was a teaching associate at Williams College in Massachusetts and she also served as a research assistant at the Center for Political Analysis and Regulation at the University of Versailles.

Ghanem is the author of numerous publications, including most recently: “Obstacles to ISIS Expansion in Algeria” (Cipher Brief, September 2016); “Algeria on the Verge: What Seventeen Years of Bouteflika Have Achieved” (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, April 2016); “Why Is AQIM Still a Regional Threat?” (New Arab, March 2016); “The Female Face of Jihadism” (EuroMeSCo Joint Policy, February 2016); “Running Low: Algeria’s Fiscal Challenges and Implications for Stability” (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, February 2016); “Women in the Men’s House: The Road to Equality in the Algerian Military” (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, November 2015); and “Despite Shakeups, Algeria’s Security Apparatus Stronger Than Ever” (World Politics Review, September, 2015).

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  • Women at Arms
    • December 03, 2018

    Women at Arms

    Arab armed forces are recruiting more females, who nevertheless continue to face a glass ceiling.

  • Born Under a Bad Sign
    • October 08, 2018

    Born Under a Bad Sign

    Many children of jihadis in Algeria are being denied an identity, education, and much more.

  • Our Supportive Adversaries
    • September 10, 2018

    Our Supportive Adversaries

    Why Algeria’s opposition parties have lost all credibility and cannot mobilize society.

  • The Mean Streets
    • July 16, 2018

    The Mean Streets

    Algerian females have access to public space, but in controlled, restricted, and conditional ways.

  • Moscow’s Maghreb Moment
    • June 13, 2018

    Moscow’s Maghreb Moment

    Russia is regaining influence in North Africa thanks to weapons, energy, and trade.

  • Caliphate in Retreat
    • May 30, 2018

    Caliphate in Retreat

    Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb lost its Kabylia stronghold through its multiple mistakes.

  • Girls, Interrupted
    • March 09, 2018

    Girls, Interrupted

    Females are making inroads into the Algerian military, but they are still hitting a glass ceiling in the types of roles that they play.

  • Follow the Money
    • December 18, 2017

    Follow the Money

    President Emmanuel Macron’s recent visit to Algeria was about future relations, but will the past allow that?

  • A Life After Jihadism
    • November 17, 2017

    A Life After Jihadism

    Algeria has successfully adopted both a soft and a hard approach for bringing former Islamist combatants in from the cold.

  • Killing the Survivors
    • September 15, 2017

    Killing the Survivors

    Two decades after the Bentalha massacre, the wounds remain open in Algeria.

Education

PhD, University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines 
MA, University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin en Yvelines and University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne
BA, University of Algiers

Languages
  • Arabic
  • English
  • French
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