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I hold a PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews. 

My doctoral thesis "From Jihad-Making to State-Building: Understanding Governance by Salafi-Jihadist Insurgents" focused on the phenomenon of Salafi-Jihadist rebel governance in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq. 

My doctoral research was funded by the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews.

Over the past few years, I have been working as Consultant on a variety of projects for humanitarian organizations, academic institutions, and governments. 

Currently, I work as Senior Program Manager for Research at Free the Slaves, a non-governmental organization whose mission is to eradicate human trafficking.

My areas of expertise are armed groups, civil wars, human rights, human trafficking, and child labor. 

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