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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.

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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PERSPECTIVE: Children of ISIS Mothers Are Dying in Front of their Eyes in Detention Camps

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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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The ISIS Ambassador to Turkey

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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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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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