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Leah was formerly a senior Counter Terrorism Intelligence Analyst with the Australian Federal Police (AFP). During her time with the AFP, Leah served as the organization’s al Qaeda subject matter specialist and worked on a range of international and domestic counter terrorism investigations. She also served as the senior Intelligence Analyst in the AFP’s Jakarta Regional Cooperation Team (JRCT) in Indonesia and at the AFP’s Forward Operating Post in response to the second Bali bombings. An experienced practitioner and trainer, Leah was involved in providing national & international counter terrorism training & curriculum development.
Prior to joining the AFP, Leah taught at the University of Queensland, where she coordinated the Terrorism and Insurgency in World Politics course. Leah’s specialisation is al Qaeda and militant salafist groups. Her broader terrorism and counter terrorism research interests are operational networks, radicalization and de-radicalization trajectories, terrorist use of the internet, propaganda and recruitment, social network analysis, and computer forensics.
Leah has also worked in private industry in Hong Kong SAR, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. She holds a PhD in Politics, a Master of International Relations and Asian Politics, and a Bachelor of Arts in Government.
Her work has been published in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, as well a number of other publications. She is the author of .
This blog features her terrorism and counter terrorism related writings.