Dr. Tawfik Hamid, an expert in cognitive psychology, is an Islamic thinker and reformer, and one time Islamic extremist from Egypt. He was a member of a radical Islamic organization Jamaa Islameia JI (of Egypt) with Dr. Ayman Al-Zawahri, who later became the leader of Al-Qaeda. After being radicalized in the JI (approximately thirty-five years ago).
Harun Maruf: Inside Al Shabaab: The Secret History of Al-Qaeda’s Most Powerful Ally
Harun Maruf is a reporter and writer at VOA Africa Division with an extensive experience in working in conflict zones. He also covers security, extremism, piracy, human rights, politics and other current affairs issues. He secured the first radio interview with the late American jihadist Omar Hammami.
How Erdogan Consolidates Power: the Weaponization of Turkish Media
Dr. Aykan Erdemir is a former member of the Turkish Parliament (2011-2015) who served in the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, EU Harmonization Committee, and the Ad Hoc Parliamentary Committee on the IT Sector and the Internet. Dr. Erdemir is an outspoken defender of pluralism, minority rights, and religious freedoms in the Middle East.
Dr. Jeff Moore is CEO of Muir Analytics, a private threat intelligence company. Dr. Moore was a professor of Counter Terror and Counterinsurgency at National Defense University's College of International Security Affairs. He is the author of "The Thai Way of Counterinsurgency" and "Spies for Nimitz: Joint Military Intelligence in the Pacific War."
James Clad: The Islamic State Attacks Indonesia – And its ‘Middle Way’
James Clad is Senior Fellow for Asia at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington DC; he is also a senior adviser for Asia at the CNA Corporation in Arlington, Virginia. During 2002-10, he served as US deputy assistant secretary of defense for South and Southeast Asia (including Australasia and the Pacific islands).