Neo-Jihadism & Transitional Challenges Programme


Tasia_Wagner_Das-gute-PortraitLead Researcher

Neo-Jihadism & Transitional Challenges

Global Researcher, Germany

Tasia Wagner leads the Neo-Jihadism and Transitional Challenges programme. Her research focuses on violent extremism in the Maghreb as well as developments in Libya and Tunisia post-Arab Spring.  She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Jacobs University and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Portland State University. Her work as a McNair Scholar included a quantitative, cross-regional analysis of female suicide bombing. Ms. Wagner’s research interests include radicalization and extremism, militant groups, terrorism, suicide bombing, SSR/DDR, and the transformation of warfare.
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Neo-Jihadism & Transitional Challenges

Resident Researcher, London

Peter Mitchell is a research intern on the Neo-Jihadism and Transitional Challenges programme, focusing on Iraq and Syria. He has a BSc (Hons) in Politics and International Relations from the University of Bristol, where his interests were in the study of violence in the twenty-first century and the impact of conflict on marginalised communities. In September 2016 he commences an MA in Conflict, Security and Development at King’s College London.

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Neo-Jihadism & Transitional Challenges

Resident Researcher, London

Madeleine Grace is a research intern on the Neo-jihadism and Transitional Challenges programme, focusing on Libya and Yemen. She holds a BA in History and Asian Studies from the University of Queensland, Australia where she focused onIslamic political culture in the Middle East and South East Asia. She has also recently graduate with an MSc in Middle Eastern Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (London University) where she focused on women’s involvement in violent religious politics. She is interested in the ways in which gendered jihadi narratives motivate and enfranchise and how they combine with everyday experiences of living and politics. Her recent thesis was entitled ‘Understanding the Role of Gender in the Recruitment and Appeal of ISIS Within Muslim Immigrant Communities’.

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jessica-iisaResident Researcher

Neo-Jihadism & Transitional Challenges

Resident Researcher, London

Jessica Aya is a research intern in the Neo-Jihadism and Transitional Challenges program covering Afghanistan and Pakistan. She has a BA in International Relations from Portland State University, and studying and living in Egypt, China, Japan, the U.S., and the United Arab Emirates. She has just completed her MA in International Peace and Security at King’s College London, where she focused on insurgency and the growth of Islamic State, nationalism in developing states, and transitional justice.

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Neo-Jihadism & Transitional Challenges

Resident Researcher, London

Gabriella Howell is a research intern on the Neo-Jihadism & Transitional Challenges programme covering Turkey and Lebanon. She has a BA (Hons) in History from Royal Holloway, University of London, focusing upon Fundamentalism and the history of terrorism. Gabi has just started her masters in War Studies at Kings College London.

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Neo-Jihadism & Transitional Challenges

Research Fellow, Ireland

Max Quigley is a researcher working in the Neo-Jihadism programme and monitors the Gulf states and Yemen. He holds a BA in Journalism from Dublin Institute of Technology where he completed his dissertation on Middle East reporting by British daily newspapers. He worked for a variety of news outlets including the Chinese wire service Xinhua and is currently pursuing a PhD in Middle and Near East Studies in Trinity College Dublin. His research topic concerns the evolving ideologies of present-day jihadi groups. His research interests include Islamic theology and jurisprudence and radical/moderate Islamic interpretations.

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Refugee & Border Control Programme


Lead Researcher

London

Daniyal Shajar leads the Refugee/Border Control Programme, with his research focusing on refugee movement routes in Europe and the MENA region. Daniyal is a final year Law student at the University of Sussex, where he is also Associate Editor of the Sussex Law School Blog. By extending the scope of the Refugee/Border Control Programme to include humanitarian issues faced by refugees, Daniyal intends to lead the programme towards developing an organic understanding of the current refugee crisis and global migration. To bolster the research efforts of the programme, Daniyal launched the IISA Refugee Report project, which consists of: comprehensive research and coverage of developments in global migration; and the monthly publication of papers in collaboration with other IISA programmes and external contributors.

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Canada

Fizza Waqar is a researcher working on the IISA Refugee/Border Control Programme. Fizza also contributes to the IISA Refuge Report, covering: Sub-Saharan Africa; Yemen and the Gulf; Turkey; and UK/Benelux/Nordic countries. She is currently studying a BSc in Political Science and Economics at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. At McMaster, she has represented Burundi in the Model United Nations in regards to Environmentally Displaced Migrants and is also a Subcommittee Member of the Red Cross for Awareness & Promotion. Her main interests are: the operation and activity of NGOs & IGOs in the Islamic World; the humanitarian crises suffered by refugees and the effectiveness of international and human rights law.

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Global Researcher

New York 
 
Maria-Cristiana Marcus is a researcher working on the IISA Refugee/Border Control Programme. She holds a BA in "War Studies" from King's College London and she is currently doing her postgraduate degree in "Violence, Conflict & Development" at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Her research is focused on the Af-Pak Region and on issues of forced migration - advocating for education in camps and employment support and opportunities for refugees,  humanitarian aid, development and interfaith dialogue.  At KCL, Maria interned with the Iraqi Centre for Integration and Cohesion (ICIC) and the West London Women Refugee Forum. At SOAS, she interned with the Miracle Ministry in Lahore, Pakistan, developing a better understanding on how faith-based organisations work in offering aid and education to children that work as bonded labourers. Previously, she interned with the MENA department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Romania where she focused on the Syrian conflict. In 2014 she worked with the United Service Institution and the British High Commission in Delhi, conducting research on the Indian contribution to WW1.

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Global Researcher

Bulgaria
 
Francesco Trupia is a PhD Candidate at the St Kliment Ohridiski – University of Sofia (Bulgaria) in Political Philosophy, and a Political Analyst at the “Alpha Institute of Geopolitics and intelligence". He held his MA in Political Philosophy at the Sofia University in July 2016, and his BA in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Catania (Italy) in February 2014. After investigating migratory phenomena triggered by Arab Spring revolutionary waves at the Courthouse of Agrigento (Italy), Francesco has been working in Southeast Europe acting as Humanitarian Aid Worker with the NGO “Focus – European Centre for Development” and in the “Sofia Refugee Project” (Bulgaria). In 2016, Francesco interned the “Caucasus Resource Research Centre” based in Yerevan (Armenia) by conducting a research on Armenian ethnic minorities and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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Global Researcher

Italy
 
Aida Amir Aslani is working on the IISA Refugee/Border Control Programme, focusing on the Middle East and Southern Europe. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Global Politics and Euro-Mediterranean Relations at University of Catania. As her course mostly focuses on the crises of the Southern and Northern shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Aida has recently concentrated on the migration and refugees issues. Moreover, she holds a Master degree in Communications Science, from Azad University of Tehran, Iran. Aida has also worked as a journalist in different news beats in Iran for more than a decade. Aida collaborates with a Brussels-based federation as Young Regional Ambassadors of Sicily to support and revitalise growth and competitiveness in the European regions. Following her interest in international relations, she also participated as the delegate of Cuba in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development at UnisaMUN 2016 in Salerno, Italy.

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Global Researcher

Netherlands
 
Carlotta Villa is a Netherlands-based researcher on the IISA Refugee & Border Control programme. She holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Uniersità Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Crisis and Secuirty Management at Leiden University, Netherlands. Carlotta's research focuses on security related issues, and different ways stakeholders approach the refugee crisis in the context of international security. Her research interests also include crisis comunication and conflict management. 
 

Global Researcher

Spain
 
Lyudmyla Bagiryan focuses her research on the Maghreb and Balkans regions. She holds a BA in International Relations from Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid. Due to the fact she was raised in international family, Lyudmyla is fluent in five languages. From an early age she had manifested her interest for geopolitics, consequently she started to enrich herself through several vectors. She interned for Honorary Consulate of Singapore where she assisted as a personal interpreter for a consul during international negotiations with Asian Bank of Development. She is an experienced Model United Nations participant, possesses volunteering experience with the European Council on Foreign Relations and Helsinki España, and was also involved in several projects sponsored by the European Commission to promote social inclusion and cohesion in Europe. Lyudmyla considers that for comprehension of socio-political dynamics in modern era, it is imperative to focus on examining the complexities of conflict and security, such as in the current refugee crisis. Lyudmyla aims to pursue an MA in Intelligence and International Security in the near future.
 

Global Researcher

Germany
 
Alexandra Klochko holds a BA degree in Political Science and International Relations from St. Petersburg State University (Russia). She is currently studying a MA in Political Science and Quantitative Methods in Mannheim University (Germany). For her MA, Alexandra has concentrated on cultural prejudice and its effect on individual economic preferences in the European Union. To examine this, she was responsible for designing and conducting survey experiments in collaboration with the German Internet Panel and Norwegian Citizen Panel. From 2016, she has worked at the Collaborative Research Center SFB 884 "Political Economy of Reforms" as a research assistant. Previously, Alexnadra has also worked in intercultural competence training company “Cultural Connectors” as a research assistant. Her main interests include migration, discrimination, developing countries, political economy and quantitative methods, and she will be working on the RefugeeINV project as a Research Analyst.

Resurgence of Russia & China Programme


Sam EastoeProgramme Leader

Resurgence of Russia & China Research Fellow, London Sam Eastoe is Programme Leader of the Resurgence of Russia & China programme. He has an MSc in Defence, Development and Diplomacy from Durham University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Birmingham. Previously, he has written on the framing of Iran’s nuclear programme in the Western world, and the local and transnational dynamics underpinning the 2014 inteqal in Afghanistan. His research interests include the interactions between Islamic regimes and the wider world.

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Resurgence of Russia & China Programme

Resident Researcher, London

Zenobia Homan has a BA Joint Honours in Ancient History & Archaeology from Durham University and an MPhil in Assyriology from the University of Cambridge. Currently she is a PhD student in the department of Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. She is interested in analysing communication methods in order to understand links between power, identity and cultural change. Consequently, her focus at IISA is to infuse historical context with current issues. At the moment she monitors Central Asia for the Russia-China programme and Turkey for the Neo-Jihadism & Transitional challenges programme.

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sophieResident Researcher

Resurgence of Russia & China Programme

Resident Researcher, London

Sophie Henderson is a researcher on the Russia & China programme, focusing on the Caucasus. She holds a Combined Honours BA in History and Politics from the University of King’s College in Canada, and recently completed an MSc in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Previously she has written on the effectiveness of counter-terrorism strategies, war economies, and the difficulties of external peacebuilding through aid. Her research interests include identity politics, drug economies, and other security issues across the Caucasus and Central Asia.

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andreea-iisaResident Researcher

Resurgence of Russia & China Programme

Resident Researcher, London

Andreea Badiu-Slabu is a researcher working on the IISA Resurgence of Russia and China Programme. She is currently in her second year of studying International Politics at King’s College London. There are myriad reasons which have prompted her option for International Politics, but definitely the most compelling one is the opportunity to understand the system of the international relations, how countries operate and why they behave in certain ways, together with analysing data concerning aspects of world politics. She has an innate propensity for learning languages. She knows English, French, Spanish and Romanian, and this year Andreea took a Japanese course.  She participated as a delegate in two MUN conferences, and she did plenty of voluntary work. She knows how to cope with high-pressure situations, as she was dealing with a part-time job and her studies at the same time. When she is not preoccupied with her studies, Andreea enjoys spending her time writing. In the next years that will follow, she wants to travel the world, and take a master degree in International Security.

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Resurgence of Russia & China Programme

Global Researcher, Lithuania

Marija Sajekaite is a researcher on the Resurgence of Russia & China programme, focusing on the internal dynamics of Russia and Eastern Europe. She holds a BA in Political Science from Vilnius University in Lithuania and has recently completed an MSc in Middle East Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, UK. Previously, Marija worked in PR and as a freelance journalist. She is interested in interactions between Russia and the Middle East, especially Iranian-Russian relations, also in the U.S. influence on the region, and security issues regarding Afghanistan.

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TimResearch Fellow

Resurgence of Russia & China

Research Fellow, London

Timothy Williams is a researcher on the Resurgence of Russia and China Program; Implications on Greater Mid-East & the wider Islamic-world, focuses on the Asia-Pacific region. He holds a BA in Politics from Nottingham and an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from SOAS. Timothy is interested in international security and political risk, specialising in the Middle-East and the Asia-Pacific. He has articles published by e-International Relations and SecurityNewsDesk.com.
 
 
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Resurgence of Russia & China  

Research Fellow, Indonesia

Dani has graduated from UN-Mandated University for Peace, majoring in Peace Studies. He has experience working for United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and Pacific in Nepal. His Research interests include: peace studies, conflict transformation, preventive diplomacy, inter-cultural & interfaith dialogue. He also, has interest about Asia, particularly South-east Asia and East Asia. Dani is currently working for IISA Russia-China programme.

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West & Horn of Africa Programme


michaelLead Researcher

Resources, Militancy & Organised Crimes

Resident researcher, London

Michael Jones is a researcher on the West and Horn of Africa programme, focusing on Somalia and Eastern Africa. He holds a Joint Honours BA in History and Politics from Warwick University and has recently completed an MSc in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Previously, he has written about transformations reshaping Global Jihad and the reactionary animation of sectarian identities by counter-revolutionary agencies in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. His research interests include Islamist militarism, geopolitics and security issues across the MENA region and the Horn of Africa.

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lauraResident Researcher

Resources, Militancy & Organised Crime

Resident Researcher, London

Laura Gardner is a researcher for the West and Horn of Africa Programme, focusing on West Africa. She holds an MSc in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Exeter. She has previously volunteered and led a fundraising campaign for the microfinance project conducted by AFAWI, the Alliance for African Women Initiative, a charity based in Accra, Ghana. Her research interests include state-society relations in sub-Saharan Africa, in particular related to resource redistribution regimes, land rights and identity formation.

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EmmaGlobal Researcher

Resources, Militancy & Organised Crimes

Global Researcher, Ireland

Emma Tobin is a researcher on the West and Horn of Africa programme, focusing on the Sahel and Central Africa. She has a BA (Hons) in Economics and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin, and an MSc in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics. Emma has previously worked for the Institute for International Criminal Investigations in The Hague, Oxford Analytica, and FleishmanHillard Fishburn. Her prior writings concern democratic regression in weakly institutionalized states, the relationship between education investments and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa , and the use of child soldiers in South Sudan. Her research interests include the political economy of violence, democratisation and elections, and the resource trap.

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