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Ardian Shajkovci

Ardian Shajkovci has 12 articles published.

Ardian Shajkovci
Ardian Shajkovci, Ph.D., is the Director of Research and a Senior Research Fellow at the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE). He has been collecting interviews with ISIS defectors and studying their trajectories into and out of terrorism as well as training key stakeholders in law enforcement, intelligence, educators, and other countering violent extremism professionals on the use of counter-narrative messaging materials produced by ICSVE both locally and internationally. He has also been studying the use of children as violent actors by groups such as ISIS and how to rehabilitate them. He has conducted fieldwork in Western Europe, the Balkans, Central Asia, and the Middle East, mostly recently in Jordan and Iraq. He has presented at professional conferences and published on the topic of radicalization and terrorism. Prior to joining ICSVE, Ardian has spent nearly a decade working in both the private and public sectors, including with international organizations and the media in a post-conflict environment. He is fluent in several languages. He holds a doctorate in Public Policy and Administration, with a focus on Homeland Security Policy, from Walden University. He obtained his M.A. degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University and a B.A. degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Dominican University. He also holds several professional certifications in the field of homeland security as well as a professional designation for his contributions to the field of homeland security and homeland security efforts in general. He is also an adjunct professor teaching counterterrorism courses.

Observing the Defeat of ISIS in Syria: Gone in 30 Days or Likely to Return?

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High-level Kurdish officials shared with us their anxieties over the potential U.S. pullout, which leaves them vulnerable in Syria.

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As al Shabaab Continues Attacks, Can Disillusioned Terrorists Help Fight the Group?

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One feature of al Shabaab attacks inside Kenya is using Kenyan citizens to support or actually take part in assaults.

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Is ISIS Still Alive and Well on the Internet?

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Despite land losses and social media takedowns, violent extremist groups still somehow persist in operating online.

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PERSPECTIVE: Selling Out Our Allies in Syria

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ISIS cadres are still present in both Syria and Iraq and are continuing by U.S. military estimates to entice up to 100 foreigners each month.

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Yazidi Survivors of ISIS’ Cruelty Face Hurdles in Finding Justice

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Former sex slaves have found telling of captivity so retraumatizing that they decided it was better to stay silent.

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Prison: Militant Jihadist Recruiting Grounds or Refuge for Rehabilitation?

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Prison leadership and staff should be ready for a multi-faceted process that includes psychology and religious literacy.

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PERSPECTIVE: Debating the Use of ISIS Counter-Narratives in the Heart of Europe

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The first line of defense has been, and may always be, physically eliminating locations of ISIS media points and arresting those pushing out online content.

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PERSPECTIVE: Challenges in Creating, Deploying Counter-Narratives to Deter Would-be Terrorists

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In crafting effective counter-messaging tools, one must consider the messenger, the audience and the medium.

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10 Reasons Western Women Seek Jihad and Join Terror Groups

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The fear of a massive flow of male returnees from the conflict zones in Iraq and Syria did not materialize; instead, it is women hoping to return home.

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PERSPECTIVE: Using Counter-Narrative Campaigns to ‘Break the ISIS Brand’ in Iraq

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Videos stimulate much-needed discussions on contentious socio-political issues that often fuel violent extremism.

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