Sophie Haspeslagh


Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science


Brief Biography

Sophie Haspeslagh is an assistant professor at the American University in Cairo (AUC). Her research lies at the nexus of critical terrorism and security studies and conflict and peace studies. She focuses on the impact of counterterrorism on conflict resolution and the transition of armed actors away from violence.

Haspeslagh was the head of policy at conciliation resources until August 2012. She has also worked for various organizations including the International Crisis Group and the United Nations in Algiers, Bogotá, Brussel, London, and Rome. She holds a PhD in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Master's in international relations from SAIS Johns Hopkins University.

Haspeslagh has received a number of awards for her research including the Runner-up for the Boulding Award (2019 International Studies Association) and the Global South Doctoral Fieldwork Research Award, LSE (2015). She was the recipient of an LSE School scholarship (2013-2017) and a Fulbright scholarship from the Belgian-American Fulbright Commission (2002-2003).

Research Interest
  • Conflict Resolution
  • (Critical) Security and Terrorism
  • Negotiations and Mediation
  • Transition of Armed Groups
  • International Organizations
  • Foreign policy of non-state actors
  • Colombia
  • North Africa