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Sara Harmouch Justice, Law and Criminology (PhD)

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Sara Harmouch holds a Masters in International Relations, Science, and Technology from Georgia Institute of Technology. She also holds a Masters in Intelligence from now-known as Texas A&M Bush School in DC. As well as a B.A. in International Relations from Lynn University.

Her work has been published in the American Intelligence Journal, War On the Rocks, the Globe Post, and other outlets.

Languages Spoken
Arabic, French, English
Sara Harmouch is a third-year Ph.D. student at the School of Public Affairs. Her research interests are asymmetric warfare, alliances, political violence, violent extremism, armed non-state actors, all forms of terrorism, terrorist groups’ behaviors and alliances, networks, counterterrorism policies, threats to democracy, and security sector assistance.

Sara is a researcher at the RAND Corporation where she is working on the intersection of the role of armed non-state actors in the great power competition. She is also working on a dataset that reshapes how we think about counterterrorism. 

A Lebanese-national, Sara speaks native Arabic and French. Prior to coming to American University, she worked as a consultant for Tom Sanderson Consulting, a researcher for American Enterprise Institute, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut.

She is a big enthusiast of data science and mixed methodology. She conducted fieldwork in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf region. As she strives to continuously enhance her skills, she is currently learning new methods such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.
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