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Ardian Shajkovci

Ardian Shajkovci has 39 articles published.

Ardian Shajkovci
Ardian Shajkovci, Ph.D., is a counter-terrorism researcher, lecturer and security analyst, with field research experience in the Middle East (Iraq, Syria, and Jordan), Western Europe, the Balkans, Kenya, and Central Asia. He is co-founder and director of recently initiated American Counterterrorism Targeting and Resilience Institute (ACTRI), a U.S.-based research center predominantly focused on the domestic aspects of terrorism-related threats. Past positions include Research Director and Senior Research Fellow at the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) and positions and consultancies with domestic and international organizations. Homeland security, disengagement from terrorism, violent extremist and terrorist group media communication strategy and information security, messaging and counter-messaging, and the strengthening of resilience to violent extremism and terrorism through application of the rule of law represent some of the areas of research interest. Ardian obtained his PhD. in Public Policy and Administration, with a focus on Homeland Security Policy, from Walden University. He obtained his M.A. in Public Policy and Administration, from Northwestern University, and a B.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy from Dominican University.

‘Soft-Power’ Counterterrorism: Turkey’s Military Presence in Somalia and Tactical and Operational Implications for Al-Shabaab

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The imperative for Turkey’s military presence in Somalia is often explained through the lens of phased and likely future withdrawal of the AU and AMISOM peacekeeping mission from the country.

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Somalia’s Foreign Policy, Al Shabaab, ISIS: Implications for Somalia, the Horn of Africa, and Beyond

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Among the most notable achievements of the current administration is the rebirth and development of the nation’s foreign policy, rooted in the vision and judgment of revitalizing the country’s international standing and sovereign decision-making agency.

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Arguments for and Against Trying European Foreign Terrorist Fighters in Syria

The decision came in the midst of failed negotiations with many foreign governments to facilitate repatriation.

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Damage Control: Beyond Discussions on Foreign Terrorist Fighter Repatriation, Rehabilitation, Reintegration

Many governments remain vested to find ways to encourage further defections and elicit defector support to reduce recruitment into, or support, for violent and terrorist groups.

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PERSPECTIVE: Making Sense of the Precarious Legal Landscape Following Iran’s Retaliatory Missile Attacks

The U.S.-Iran tensions are likely to persist, though many remain hopeful that Iran’s recent attacks on U.S. and Iraqi servicemembers could also offer an off-ramp away from a disastrous war that many around the world still fear.

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Killing Soleimani and Muhandis: AUMF Questions, Risks, and Regional Impacts

In labeling the killings as a warmongering blunder and not a deterrent against the threat posed by Iran, one must also consider the sequence of events that escalated the tensions.

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PERSPECTIVE: The Impact of Congress’ ‘Caesar Bill’ Against the Assad Regime

The proposed bill and the sanctions should signal a positive shift across the international community’s efforts to rally public condemnation in lending credibility to victims’ claims in the face of the Assad regime’s atrocities.

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Still More to Dissect in Pensacola Shooter’s Motive, Access to Weapon

Alshamrani purportedly posted a manifesto on Twitter just before the shooting and had denounced the United States “as a nation of evil.”

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Bin Laden vs. Baghdadi: Whose Death Stirred More Reaction from Jihadists?

Following bin Laden’s death, a number of campaigns were launched to disseminate information about bin Laden as a person. In one instance, a Facebook page was created with over 10,000 fans, leading to hundreds of comments.

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Options for Dealing with Turkey’s Campaign of Repatriating ISIS Members

Europe is currently bracing for new waves of repatriation of ISIS members previously held in Turkey following their capture. Suleyman Solu, Turkey’s interior minister, has stated that Turkey would not act as “a hotel for foreign Daesh/ISIS terrorists.”

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Who Are the ISIS Fighters in Custody, and How Can They Be Repatriated?

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The SDF has been struggling with overcrowded prisons and is now facing Turkish threat as ISIS calls for jailbreaks.

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PERSPECTIVE: SDF Needs Our Help Now as Another Woman in Camp Hol Killed by ISIS Enforcers

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That ISIS women can get weapons is not inconceivable, as we were told about women having phones and trading in illicit SIM cards that they somehow procure from locals.

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Waiting for Return of the Caliphate Among ISIS Enforcers in Syria’s al Hol, Ain Issa and Roj Camps

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When verbal intimidation does not work, ISIS women burn tents, inflict beatings, steal and even murder.

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PERSPECTIVE: Trump’s Warning to Europe Accentuates Need for Countries to Repatriate ISIS Detainees

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Repatriation and prosecution at home is at the same time likely to minimize the risk for wider societal radicalization, namely by diminishing grievances.

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How Dedication, Self-Sacrifice and Courage Can Build a New Democratic, Feminist Society in Rojava, Syria

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General: “We have a vision for the future that is clear for setting up a free and good society and we need Western powers to stand beside us in building it.”

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PERSPECTIVE: With International Help, SDF Can Lead in Prepping ISIS Fighters for Prosecution, Rehabilitation

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We believe that it is possible to identify where these prisoners are on the terrorist trajectory and who is likely to respond to treatment.

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PERSPECTIVE: Enacting Western Justice in Regard to ISIS Foreign Fighters and Their Families

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Many of the Westerners ICSVE researchers have interviewed have already spontaneously deradicalized, as they became seriously disillusioned by ISIS.

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The ISIS ‘Honey Trap’ to Catch Recruiter Deso Dogg and the Rogue FBI Translator

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New information from Abu Faisal’s accounts could indicate various scenarios, including that Daniela Greene might have warned Cuspert that he was under FBI investigation.

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PERSPECTIVE: ISIS Fighter Claims Attack Plot Via Mexico, Underscoring Border Vulnerability

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Canadian Abu Henricki says he and other Trinidadians were invited to attempt to penetrate the U.S. borders to mount financial attacks against the country.

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