PhD Candidate in International Relations
Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence
University of St Andrews
Middle East, Rebel Governance, Salafi-Jihadism, Civil Wars
I am a PhD candidate at the University of St Andrews, where I am writing a thesis entitled "From Jihad-Making to State-Building: Understanding Salafi-Jihadist Insurgent Governance". The aim of my research project is to determine whether there is a specific model of Salafi-Jihadist insurgent governance, which differences and similarities it displays with respect to non-Salafi-Jihadist instances of rebel governance, and what is the relationship between ideology and governance in the case of Salafi-Jihadist groups.
My doctoral research is funded by the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews.
My areas of research are Rebel Governance, Salafi-Jihadism, Political Islam, Insurgencies, Civil Wars and Middle Eastern politics - with a special focus on Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq. On these topics, I have written peer-reviewed articles and a chapter in an edited volume and I have addressed academic conferences and policy-oriented conventions.
For my full CV, please visit here.
My publications have appeared in Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Civil Wars, the Program on Extremism at the George Washington University, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the Israeli Journal of Foreign Affairs, the INSS Strategic Assessment.
I am always enthusiast to present my research in academic conferences and policy-oriented workshops. Below is a list of the most recent public talks where I had the pleasure to participate.
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, POE
8 October 2020
Responses to Returning Foreign Fighters
GRADUATE INSTITUTE GENEVA, CCDP
8 October 2020
Islamist Governance Workshop
UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
23 June 2020
Practitioners' Session on Returning Foreign Fighters
HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM
13-14 December 2017
XIII Graduate Conference