Dr Magnus Norell is an adjunct Scholar at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Washington DC, USA and also a Senior Fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy (EFD), Brussels, Belgium. He was a Senior Analyst at the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), Stockholm, Kista, Sweden and Senior Analyst at the Swedish Institute for International Affairs, Stockholm, Sweden. Magnus served as a Senior Analyst at the Swedish Military Intelligence from 1993 – 1996.
1997 – 2000. Between 1997 and 2000 Dr. Norell created, together with colleague Dr.Magnus Ranstorp, a back-channel between the Lebanese Hizb’allah movement and the Israelis. The purpose of this endeavour was to find out the consequences of a unilateral Israeli withdrawal from the so called security zone in the southern Lebanon. The Initiative came from Yossi Beilin who, within the Israeli Labour party, for many years had advocated such a scenario. The process was successful and based on the ’indirect’ assurances given to Norell and Ranstorp by the leadership of the Hizb’allah, a swift and bloodless Israeli withdrawal took place in May 2000.
Mr Norell obtained a PhD in Political Science from Stockholm University in 1998. Mr Norell has worked on many fields and projects related with counter terrorism, Islamist radicalisation and political Islam.
Dr. Magnus was on many research and academic position, a few are as below:
He has written and edited numerous articles, research papers and books on the topics of terrorist organisations, Islamist terrorism, fundamentalism and radicalisation, a few are as below:
Dr. Magnus was affiliated with many international departments such as:
He speaks a few languages including English and Swedish.