ATbar Barak, Michael (Dr.)

Barak, Michael (Dr.)

Senior Researcher and Project Manager,  International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, Israel

Dr. Michael Barak is a researcher at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) of Lauder School of Government Diplomacy and Strategy, at The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, and serves as the Team Leader of the Global Jihad & Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group and the Team Research Manager of the ICT Cyber-Desk In addition, He teaches as well in IDC courses on Terrorism and Islamic radical movements.

Dr. Michael also serves a researcher and a member of the Social Media Networks in the Arab World (Beehive) research board at The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies (MDC) in Tel Aviv University (TAU).

Prior to his current post he was the Team Leader of the Arabic, Turkish & Persian Online Media at The Arabic Press Archive of MDS, and a researcher assistant on Palestinian issues at the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research at  TAU .

He has been teaching Spoken and Colloquial Arabic for more than a decade at various institutes  including the Arabic Language department at TAU, the Delegation of the European Union to the State of Israel, as well others.

Dr. Barak holds both a B.A. and an M.A. degree in “Middle Eastern Studies” and “Arabic Language” from Tel Aviv University. He has finished his PhD at the School of History in Middle Eastern and African Studies, TAU. His PhD dissertation is concerned with “Sufism in Wahhabi and Salafi Polemic Discourse in Egypt and the Mashriq (Arab East) 1967-2001”.

He has published several articles in Hebrew and English on Modern Salafism and Sufism in Egypt and on prominent trends in the Social Media Networks in the Arab World. He has lectured in several research forums including the IDC, TAU, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

He has participated in several international programs including: “Study of Turkish Language and Culture” at Boğziçi University, Istanbul (2006) and “Study of the US National Security Policymaking” at the Institute for Training & Development (Amherst), USA (2014).

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'Dawa' in the Shadow of Covid-19: Al-Qaeda Leadership and the Western Civilians

The Covid-19 pandemic and the strong protests against the racism shown to the African American population which started in the US and have spread to western Europe have been identified by al-Qaeda as an opportunity to deepen the gap between the western civilian population and the political leadership and leverage Islam as a solution to the above social malady
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The Lebanese Shiite vs. Hezbollah’s Hegemony

The popular protests the Lebanese regime in condemnation of its corruption and the economic crisis, which started in October 2019 however paused due to COVID-19 and resumed in June 2020, includes, in addition to Sunni and Christian protesters, a growing number of Shiite protesters
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השיעים בלבנון נגד ההגמוניה של חזבאללה ואיראן


המחאה העממית נגד המשטר הלבנוני בגנות השחיתות והמשבר הכלכלי, שהחלה באוקטובר אשתקד, נגדעה באופן זמני במרץ השנה בשל התפשטות הקורונה וחודשה ביוני, כוללת שורה הולכת וגוברת של מפגינים לא רק מקרב העדה הנוצרית והסונית אלא גם מקרב בני העדה השיעית בלבנון.

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The Fight in the Deal of the Century and the Annexation Plan:

On the backdrop of Israel’s intention to declare sovereignty and annex parts of Judea and Samaria, 64 pro-Palestinian organizations from 19 states as well as Palestinian factions such as Fatah, Hamas and PIJ, gathered on an online Zoom conference which was broadcasted on social media in an attempt to put the above issue to the top of the Muslim world’s agenda and examine ways to cooperate in the fight against Israel’s policy in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria.
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ISIS Strengthens in Iraq

The loss of ISIS’ last stronghold in Baghuz (Syria) led politicians in the Muslim world and the west to eulogize the organization. Pres. Trump has even gone and said in February 2019 that the allied forces managed to drive ISIS’ operatives off all the territories previously under its control and fully eliminate it. Yet, the increased volume of ISIS’ activity in the past six months point to a trend of recovery strengthening in the Iraqi theater.
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