Dr. Mohammed Masbah

Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme


Mohammed Masbah is an associate fellow with the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House. He is a political sociologist whose work centers on authoritarianism youth movements and political Islam, with a focus on North Africa.

Dr Masbah is the director of the Moroccan Institute for Policy Analysis and adjunct professor at Mohammed V University.

He was previously a junior research fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies in the United States, a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, and a fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP) in Berlin. He also previously served as an expert for the Moroccan minister of communication.

Dr Masbah obtained his PhD in Sociology from Mohammad V University in Rabat. His dissertation examined the processes of radicalization and deradicalization of Moroccan Salafis since Casablanca bombings in 2003.

Areas of expertise

  • Political Islam
  • Jihadism
  • Morocco
  • Youth movements


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