Lara Pham

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Lara Pham serves as the deputy director of the Counter Extremism Project (CEP). Lara provides strategic and operational support to CEP’s executive director and manages the work of the research team. Previously, she worked as a mining/metals analyst at a private investment firm, The Electrum Group LLC. Prior, Lara served as a policy analyst for the U.S. Department of State and as a U.S. advisor to the Fifth Committee of the United Nations General Assembly. She received her bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of California, San Diego. She also completed her master’s degree in international affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York City.

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Extremists: Their Words. Their Actions.


On November 25, 2021, al-Shabaab carried out a suicide car bombing targeting an African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) convoy as it drove by a school in Mogadishu. The attack left 8 dead and 17 wounded, including teachers and students at Mocaasir Primary and Secondary School. 

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