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Ardian Shajkovci

Ardian Shajkovci has 16 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.

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Recent deaths raise questions about why underage Western children are being held in Syria rather than returned to their home countries.

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“In our meetings, we talked about re-establishing the Ottoman Empire. This was the vision of Turkey,” says emissary.

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Terrorists’ Use of Drones Promises to Extend Beyond Caliphate Battles

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Research shows that ISIS had been able to develop its drone programs without any support from state actors.

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

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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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