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Mahmut Cengiz, Ph.D., and Asma Ul Hussna Durrani

Dr. Mahmut Cengiz is an Associate Professor and Research Faculty with Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) and the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University (GMU). Dr. Cengiz has international field experience where he has delivered capacity building and training assistance to international partners in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. He has also been involved in research projects for the Brookings Institute, the European Union, and various U.S. agencies. Dr. Cengiz regularly publishes books, articles and Op-eds. He is the author of six books, many articles, and book chapters regarding terrorism, organized crime, smuggling, terrorist financing, and trafficking issues. His 2019 book, “The Illicit Economy in Turkey: How Criminals, Terrorists, and the Syrian Conflict Fuel Underground Economies,” analyzes the role of criminals, money launderers, and corrupt politicians and discusses the involvement of ISIS and al-Qaida-affiliated groups in the illicit economy. Since 2018, Dr. Cengiz has been working on the launch and development of the Global Terrorist Trends and Analysis Center (GTTAC) and currently serves as Academic Director and Co-Principal Investigator for the GMU component. He teaches Terrorism, American Security Policy, and Narco-Terrorism courses at George Mason University. Asma Ul Hussna Durrani is a research analyst at Global Terrorism Trends and Analysis Center (GTTAC). She completed her B.A. and M.A. in Global Affairs at George Mason University. She has over three years of experience in tracking international terrorist activities for the State Department project. As an expert in counterterrorism, she analyzes the recent trends in terrorist tactics and targets in the Middle East and Asia. Her research focuses on Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, Afghan Taliban, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, and Baloch Separatist groups.
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