Charlie Cooper: Programs Officer

Charlie joined Quilliam as a full-time member of staff in March 2014 after a spell interning in the Islamic Studies research department, during which he wrote a blog series on jihad and co-wrote two longer papers with Dr Usama Hasan. He holds a degree in Arabic from the University of Edinburgh and an MA in Middle East & Mediterranean Studies from King’s College, London. Over the course of his academic career, he specialised in historic and contemporary militant Islamism and US foreign policy in the MENA region. Besides the above, he is fascinated by all things Iranian.

Charlie is responsible for coordinating Quilliam’s on- and offline media presence as well as managing budgeted income and expenditure. He researches militant Islamist movements, having most recently focused on the rise of the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s “Islamic State”, exploring, in particular, its ideological clashes with al-Qaeda.

He has written for The Telegraph, CNN International, the BBC News website, The Daily Beast, The Independent, The International Business Times and the Federation for Progressive European Studies, and makes regular appearances on national and international TV and radio.