Secretary General

"As part of this special team, I look forward to building up our institute as an academic stronghold for high-quality Critical Research in Austria and all over the globe. The Covid-19 pandemic is a challenge, but with your help, we can join efforts to achieve our missions".

Haitham Abdelsamad, MA

IISES General Secretary

Research areas

Thematic: Political Sciences, Critical Terrorism Studies (CTS)

Regional: Europe, Middle East


Post-graduate studies: PhD proposal (CTS)

Graduate studies: MA International Security (Sciences Po Paris)

Undergraduate studies: BA Political Sciences (University of Vienna)

Selected publications

Op-Ed: 'Narrating the Afghan Story' (Al Ahram Weekly)

Book review: 'The Terrorist Argument' by Harmon/Bowdish (Journal for Intelligence, Propaganda and Security Studies)

Book review: 'Presidential Rhetoric on Terrorism by G. Rubin (ibid.: JIPSS)

Study report: 'Terrorism and Counterterrorism in the EU' (Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute)

Analysis: 'Von allen Göttern verlassen [transl. Left behind by all Gods]' (profil - Nachrichtenmagazin)