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Marc van Oudheusden

Marc van Oudheusden is a Ph.D. candidate in the Humanities/Middle Eastern Studies department of Leiden University, Netherlands. He graduated in Arabic Language and Studies of Islam, and served a long career in the Dutch Government administration as a civil servant, mainly in the field of security and crisis management. He received a post-graduate education from St. Andrews University, Scotland, the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel, the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany, and the College of Intelligence Studies in Australia.

As a Ph.D. candidate, he specializes in the modeling of conspiracy theorizing patterns and correlates outcomes into the dynamics of the modern Middle East. He carries out discourse analysis of Middle Eastern conspiracy theories and qualitative research into their impact on Middle Eastern societies, in addition to consequences for Western Foreign Policy towards the region. He also focuses on case studies of relevant conspiracy narratives about topics such as cyber-conspiracies and terrorism, conspiracy patterns in conflict zones, intelligence, and the relation with other (social and political) dynamics in the wider Middle Eastern region.

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