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exploring 9/11: the world before and after (June)

Thomas Hegghammer, senior fellow at the Norwegian Defense Research Institute, discusses his research on violent jihadists in Saudi Arabia and their failure to overthrow the Saudi system.  He is the author of  "Jihad in Saudi Arabia: Violence and Pan-Islamism since 1979."

Hegghammer is currently a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and an associate at Harvard Kennedy School.  He holds a doctorate in political science from Sciences-Po in Paris and a masters of arts and masters of philosophy in Middle Eastern Studies from Oxford University.  Hegghammer's research focuses on jihadi ideology, jihadism on the Arabian Peninsula and the history of the foreign fighter phenomenon.

The continuing impact of the attacks of Sept. 11 on the United States and the global community is explored throughout this webcast series. Investigations into and conversations about the events of 9/11 open up important questions about values, security, culture and politics.

This series was produced exclusively for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and is hosted by Clifford Chanin, Senior Program Advisor at the Memorial Museum. Each month new interview segments will be posted on this section of the website.  If you missed May's webcast, you can find it on The MEMO Blog.

By Meghan Walsh, Communications Associate for the 9/11 Memorial