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Jang Ji-Hyang Interview [Channel A] Sinai Peninsula Bus Bombing: Who is Ansar Bait al-Maqdis and what does it want?

On Sunday, February 16, 2014, Islamist militants blew up a bus carrying 33 Korean tourists in the Sinai peninsula. The attack, which has so far left 3 dead and more than a dozen wounded, has sparked international outrage and drawn widespread condemnation.

Dr. Jang Ji-Hyang, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Center, spoke on Channel A about the role of Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, the militant group that has claimed responsibility, as well as the current political situation in Egypt.

2014-02-17 - Channel A Interview - Egypt Bus Bombing

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Jang Ji-Hyang
Jang Ji-Hyang

Center for Regional Studies

Dr. JANG Ji-Hyang is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Middle East and North Africa at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Dr. Jang served as a policy advisor on Middle East issues to South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2012-2018). Previously, Dr. Jang taught comparative and Middle East politics at Seoul National University, Yonsei University, Ewha Woman’s University, and the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. Her research interests include political economy of the Middle East and North Africa, political Islam, comparative democratization, terrorism, and state-building. Dr. Jang is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Essential Guide to the Middle East (Sigongsa 2023 in Korean), The Arab Spring: Will It Lead to Democratic Transitions?(with Clement M. Henry (eds.), Palgrave Macmillan 2013), “Disaggregated ISIS and the New Normal of Terrorism” (Asan Issue Brief 2016), “Islamic Fundamentalism” (International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences 2008) and a Korean translation of Fawaz Gerges’ Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy (Asan Institute 2011). Dr. Jang received a B.A. in Turkish studies and M.A. in political science from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Texas at Austin.