Farhan Zahid earned his PhD in Terrorism Studies from Vrije University Brussels (VUB) in Brussels, Belgium. He writes on counter-terrorism, al-Qaeda, Pakistani al- Qaeda- linked groups, ISIS, Islamist violent non-state actors in Pakistan, jihadi ideologies, and the Afghan Taliban. He authored "Roots of Islamic Violent Activism in South Asia," (2014), "From Jihad to al-Qaeda to Islamic State," (2015), and "The Al-Qaeda Network in Pakistan" (2015).

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