Cole Bunzel is a Ph.D. candidate in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, where his research focuses on the history of the Wahhabi movement in Saudi Arabia. He has written extensively on jihadism, the Islamic State, and al-Qaeda, and is the author, most recently, of Saudi Arabia and ISIS: Duel of the Islamic States (Carnegie Endowment, forthcoming) and From Paper State to Caliphate: The Ideology of the Islamic State (Brookings Institution, 2015). He has lived in Syria and Saudi Arabia and previously held government and think tank positions in Washington, DC related to Iraq and Syria. Bunzel obtained an M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and an A.B. in near Eastern Studies from Princeton University.