Since December 2020, Reem Ahmed has been working at the IFSH as a researcher as part of the BMBF project “Configurations of social and political practices in dealing with radical Islam” (KURI). She is also a doctoral candidate at the Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law (AMBSL) at the University of Hamburg. Between 2015 and the beginning of 2020 she was a researcher at the IFSH, working within the framework of the EU-funded “VOX-Pol Network of Excellence”. Reem Ahmed studied Political Science and International Security at the University of Leeds, the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Research Profile | Current Projects

Reem Ahmed’s research has mainly focussed on how far-right extremists and violent jihadis utilise the Internet, the effects of the world wide web on radicalisation, as well as the various counter-measures that have been employed by states and private companies to mitigate the threat. Her current work at the IFSH within the context of the KURI project examines the tensions between preventive and criminal law approaches in dealing with Islamist extremism; specifically, she traces the development of counter-terrorism legislation in Germany. In her interdisciplinary dissertation project, Reem Ahmed analyses regulatory responses to online extremism in the United Kingdom, Germany, and the EU. Her project is supervised by Prof. Dr. Hans-Heinrich Trute (Faculty of Law) and PD Dr. Martin Kahl (IFSH).

Selected Publications

  • Ahmed, Reem, Daniela Pisoiu. 2021.
    Uniting the far right: how the far-right extremist, New Right, and populist frames overlap on Twitter – a German case study.
    European Societies 23 (2): 232-254. DOI: 10.1080/14616696.2020.1818112.
  • Ahmed, Reem. 2019.
    Online Radicalisation: Current Debates and State Responses.
    S+F, Sicherheit und Frieden - Security and Peace 37 (2): 87-91. DOI: 10.5771/0175-274X-2019-2-87.
  • Ahmed, Reem. 2017.
    Brexit: The Mainstreaming of Right-Wing Populist Discourse.
    In: OSCE Yearbook 2016, edited by Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg/ IFSH, 93-105. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag.
  • Ahmed, Reem. 2018.
    Brexit: die Enttabuisierung des rechtspopulistischen Diskurses.
    In: OSZE-Jahrbuch 2016, edited by Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik an der Universität Hamburg/ IFSH, 105-119. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag.
  • Ahmed, Reem, Daniela Pisoiu. 2017.
    Beyond Borders: Subcultural Theory and the Transnational Jihadi Identity in Europe.
    In: Border Politics: Defining Spaces of Governance and Forms of Transgressions, edited by Cengiz Günay, Nina Witjes, 161-174. Cham: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-46855-6_10.
  • Pohjonen, Matti, Reem Ahmed. 2016.
    Narratives of Risk: Assessing the Discourse of Online Extremism and Measures proposed to Counter It.
    S+F, Sicherheit und Frieden - Security and Peace 34 (4): 236-241. DOI: 10.5771/0175-274X-2016-4-236.