Mokhtar Awad

Research Fellow

Mokhtar Awad is a Research Fellow in the Program on Extremism at George Washington University. He specializes in Islamist and Salafist groups in the Middle East region, regional politics, with a special focus on emerging violent extremist organizations and their ideas as well as insurgencies in countries like Egypt. He has published analyses and conducted field research on Islamist groups and political dynamics in Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt. Prior to joining the Program on Extremism, Mokhtar worked as a research associate at the Center for American Progress, and before that he was a junior fellow in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Awad’s work has been published in Foreign Policy and the Washington Post, among other publications. He has been quoted widely in several publication and contributes regularly to news networks like Al-Arabiya. His studies have been published in Current Trends in Islamist Ideology journal, the CTC Sentinel, and by Carnegie Middle East Center. Awad is fluent in Arabic.


Editorials and Op-eds


Other Selected Publications


Testimony before the Foreign Affairs Committee of the UK Parliament on "Political Islam"

Testimony before U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee 

Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa