Mahan Abedin

Mr. Abedin co-edited Unmasking Terror: A Global Review of Terrorist Actitives (2005). He is an expert on Iran, Iraq and Islamic movements and ideologies. Mr. Abedin makes contributions to numerous publications, including the Beirut-based Daily Star and Asia Times. He gained his MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics in 2000. Mr. Abedin has since worked as a consultant on financial, political and security affairs related to the Middle East.

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Articles by Mahan Abedin

Anbar Tribesmen Take on al-Zarqawi

A report by al-Hayat on January 26 that “Tribal Popular Committees” have been formed in Ramadi (capital of Anbar province) to hunt down Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and his followers, “for

Iraqi Rebels Fill Political Vacuum

As Iraqi political parties continue to wrangle over the composition of the new government, the insurgents have taken the initiative with a series of bold strikes over the past 10

Editor’s Note on Syria Special Issue

Syria is an enigmatic country. Ruled by a Ba’athist regime whose top leadership is drawn from a minority religious sect, Syria must contend with the enmity of the West and

Analyzing Ansar Al-Islam

Ansar al-Islam is often touted as the Kurdish constituency of al-Qaeda. It has been grabbing the headlines from its inception in September 2001. Reports have traced its influence from Afghanistan

An Interview with Hamid Bayati

Hamid Bayati became the deputy foreign minister in political affairs and bilateral relations in Iraq in February, 2004 and is a member of the General Assembly and the central committee

Editor’s Note: 9/11 Anniversary Special Issue

Three years after the terrorist attacks on the United States and the declaration of war on terrorism by the U.S. government, the enigma of al-Qaeda remains all-pervasive. This edition marks

Post-Election Terrorist Trends in Iraq

Half-heartedly trumpeted as a potential breakthrough against the insurgency, the Iraqi elections – in the short-term at least – seem to have made the security difficulties even more intractable. Indeed,

Mojahedin-e-Khalq: Saddam’s Iranian Allies

The Mojahedin-e-Khalq Organisation (MKO) is arguably the most controversial and perplexing topic in terrorism today. It is one of the greatest ironies of the recent Iraq war that an organization

Editor’s Note on Special Chechnya Issue

The deterioration of the war in Chechnya has very serious consequences for security and stability in the entire Caucasus region. The Western media often accept the Russian version of events,

Sciri: An American Ally In Iraq?

SCIRI The United States faces three adversaries in its attempts to stabilize and democratize Iraq. These are indigenous Arab Nationalists (Baathist or otherwise), foreign Sunni Islamists and Shia extremists. The

An Interview With Jamal Khashoggi

The following is an excerpt from Jamestown Correspondent Mahan Abedin's interview with Jamal Khashoggi, A Saudi journalist and media advisor to the Saudi Ambassador to the UK, Prince Turki al-Faisal.

EDITOR’S NOTE ON SPECIAL CHECHNYA ISSUE

The deterioration of the war in Chechnya has very serious consequences for security and stability in the entire Caucasus region. The Western media often accept the Russian version of events,

POST-ELECTION TERRORIST TRENDS IN IRAQ

Half-heartedly trumpeted as a potential breakthrough against the insurgency, the Iraqi elections – in the short-term at least – seem to have made the security difficulties even more intractable. Indeed,

EDITOR’S NOTE: 9/11 ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL ISSUE

Three years after the terrorist attacks on the United States and the declaration of war on terrorism by the U.S. government, the enigma of al-Qaeda remains all-pervasive. This edition marks

An Interview With Jamal Khashoggi

The following is an excerpt from Jamestown Correspondent Mahan Abedin's interview with Jamal Khashoggi, A Saudi journalist and media advisor to the Saudi Ambassador to the UK, Prince Turki al-Faisal.

An Interview With Hamid Bayati

Hamid Bayati became the deputy foreign minister in political affairs and bilateral relations in Iraq in February, 2004 and is a member of the General Assembly and the central committee

Analyzing Ansar Al-islam

Ansar al-Islam is often touted as the Kurdish constituency of al-Qaeda. It has been grabbing the headlines from its inception in September 2001. Reports have traced its influence from Afghanistan

Mojahedin-e-khalq: Saddam’s Iranian Allies

The Mojahedin-e-Khalq Organisation (MKO) is arguably the most controversial and perplexing topic in terrorism today. It is one of the greatest ironies of the recent Iraq war that an organization

Sciri: An American Ally In Iraq?

SCIRI The United States faces three adversaries in its attempts to stabilize and democratize Iraq. These are indigenous Arab Nationalists (Baathist or otherwise), foreign Sunni Islamists and Shia extremists. The