Dr Sajjan Gohel

Research and Publications

Dr. Sajjan Gohel’s research interests include Islamist Ideology and doctrine; trans-national political violence; the role of New Media for strategic communications and protest movements; comparative Middle East, South Asia and East Asia politics,

Dr. Gohel is International Security Director for the Asia-Pacific Foundation (APF) think-tank which provides analysis on a variety of global security and geo-political issues and is frequently consulted by governmental and military bodies.

In addition, Dr. Gohel has written Op-Ed pieces for print media as well as serving as a guest commentator for television and radio news networks including for the BBC, ITN, Sky News, CNN, ABC (United States), CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CTV, CBC, ABC (Australia), Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya. Dr. Gohel is also a regular speaker at international conferences on terrorism and security issues. Dr. Gohel is currently on the editorial review board for the Naval Postgraduate School’s journal ‘Combating Terrorism Exchange’ (CTX).

Dr. Gohel has written testimony and provided oral evidence for the United Kingdom’s House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee on topics including ‘Global Security: Afghanistan’ (2009) and ‘The UK’s Foreign Policy Towards Afghanistan And Pakistan’ (2010).

In 2005, Dr. Gohel was asked by the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHCR) to produce an assessment on the killing of prominent Lebanese politician Rafik Hariri and the political and security challenges that would arise from his death.

In 2005, Dr. Gohel formed part of a high-level working group that analysed the terrorist-related challenges and threats in Europe and produced a working paper for the then European Union counter-terrorism co-ordinator, Gijs De Vries.

Dr. Gohel serves as a visiting lecturer and teacher to the NATO School in Oberammergau (Germany), NATO Centre of Excellence Defence Against Terrorism in Ankara (Turkey) and the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. He is also part of the ‘Partnership for Peace Consortium: Combating Terrorism Working Group’ organised by the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and NATO.

Dr. Gohel received his BA (Hons) in Politics from Queen Mary, University of London. Dr. Gohel also obtained an MSc in Comparative Politics from the LSE and a PhD at the LSE entitled, ‘Insurrection Of The Ideologues: The Evolution of Egyptian Radical Ideological Thought from Hasan al-Banna to Ayman al-Zawahiri.’

Some of his publications include:

• ‘Germany Increasingly a Center for Terrorism in Europe, CTC Sentinel, Vol 4 Issue 8, August, 2011.

• ‘Background Contributing Factors to Terrorism: Radicalization and Recruitment’, [with Francois Heisbourg, Rem Korteweg, Magnus Ranstorp, Rob De Wijk, in Magnus Ranstorp (ed), Understanding Violent Radicalisation: Terrorist And Jihadist Movements In Europe, (New York: Routledge, 2010), pp. 21-49

• ‘Iran’s Ambiguous Role in Afghanistan’, CTC Sentinel, Vol 3 Issue 3, March 2010.

• ‘The Internet and its Role in Terrorist Recruitment and Operational Planning’, CTC Sentinel, Vol 2 Issue 12, December 2009.

• ‘Ideology, Doctrine, Propaganda & The Virtual Jihad,’ Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) – A Report to Combating Incitement to Terrorism on the Internet, November, 2007.

• The Consequences Of The Assassination of Rafiq Hariri, WRITENET & The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 21 March, 2005.

• ‘Political Standoff in Sri Lanka’, Royal United Services Institute, Newsbrief, 21 January 2004.


Courses taught: HY435: Political Islam From Ibn Taymiyya to Osama Bin Laden|

Contact Details

Office number: SAR.2.06

E-mail Address: S.M.Gohel@lse.ac.uk|

Office Hours

Michaelmas Term: Mondays 3pm-4pm

Lent Term: Mondays 2pm-3pm.