Orwa Ajjoub is an affiliated researcher at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. In 2018, Orwa graduated from CMES with an MA in Middle Eastern Studies, having defended his thesis which looks at the theological aspects of the split between Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS in 2013. Although his interest has been mainly focused on Salafi-Jihadi groups in the Middle East, Orwa has written articles about Syrian society during the war and particularly about LGBTQ Syrians in Europe. His work has been published on different media websites such as Syria Deeply, Huffington Post, and World Policy. During the last two years, Orwa has participated in two academic conferences in which he discussed al-Qaeda's presence in Syria. While at CMES, Orwa will work on a report discussing the future of ISIS and al-Qaeda.