For this 22nd episode of Conseils de Sécurité, Sarah-Myriam Martin-Brûlé and Thomas Juneau welcome Djallil Lounnas, Associate Professor of International Relations at Al Akhawayn University in Morocco. Djallil Lounnas holds a PhD in Political Science from Université de Montréal. He has published numerous studies and scientific articles on the subject including studies in conflict and terrorism, Political Violence and Terrorism and Foreign Policy. He is also the author of the book “Le Djihadisme en Afrique du Nord-Sahel: D’AQMI a Daech” published in 2019 by Les Presses de la fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique/L’Harmattan. He has coordinated and been part of several research teams in the framework of European H2020 research projects. He is the leader of the Al Akhawayn research team of the European H2020 research consortium Preventing Violent Extremism (PREVEX project).
In this interview, Djallil Lounnas talks about his academic and professional background, his research on violent extremism in the Sahel and North Africa, the impact of external interventions, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the phenomenon of radicalization in the region and the extent to which Canada can play a role.