Jacob Olidort

Soref Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Dr. Jacob Olidort is a Soref Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, where he focuses on Salafism and Islamist groups in the Middle East, and is an adjunct professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. He received his B.A. in Middle Eastern studies from Brandeis University, his A.M. in Near Eastern languages and civilizations from Harvard University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern studies from Princeton University, where his work focused on the intersection between Islamic law, theology, and modern politics. Dr. Olidort has spent nearly two years in the Middle East, including a Fulbright Scholarship in the UAE and field work on Salafism in Jordan. He has given presentations on ISIS and on countering violent extremism to academic and policy audiences. His writings have appeared in Foreign Affairs, the Washington Post, the National Interest, among other publications.



The Caliphate as Geopolitical Challenge

Until ISIS declared its so-called caliphate in 2014, this Islamic theological term barely raised flags for the West.

Jacob Olidort

28 Apr 2016

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