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Ardian Shajkovci

Ardian Shajkovci has 25 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.

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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Real Voices from the Caliphate Talk Back to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi

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Foreign fighters who stood with ISIS leader up to the end had doubts before the Islamic State began to crumble.

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A Caliphate Resident or Monster Made in Syria? Accused ‘Beatle’ Alexanda Kotey Speaks

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Brit insists that not everyone living in Syria who went to live under ISIS did so out of ideological conviction.

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The ISIS Spy Who Saved Baghdad from 30 Terrorist Bombings

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Elite Iraqi counterterrorism unit also sent in a fortune teller to take down a series of ISIS high-level leaders.

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