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Nadia Al-Dayel

BA, MA, PhD (2019)

Al-Dayel’s research expertise involves understanding the recruitment strengths of contemporary violent extremist organizations. She recently submitted her doctorate of conflict and terrorism studies in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. She is a peer review editor and her work is published in Critical Studies on Terrorism, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and forthcoming in competitive journals aimed at security practitioners and academics. Additionally, she is associated with the Center for Conflict, Security, and Terrorism and is a Research Associate for the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab, tracking governmental responses to modern slavery within conflict areas. She has been invited to speak at conferences and roundtables within Europe and Asia. Her research experience comes from living and working in the United States, Southeast Asia, and the Arabian Gulf. 

Aaron Anfinson

BA, MEd, PhD

Anfinson’s multidisciplinary research involves understanding how technological advances in communication have aided the acceleration of violent non-state actors. He received his doctorate from the University of Hong Kong. His research is published in Critical Studies on Terrorism and is forthcoming in Terrorism and Political Violence and a book chapter on the occupation of space and the usage of signage within non-violent forms of resistance. He is also a peer review editor and is co-authoring an upcoming book that presents case-studies of individuals that hold prominent roles within the Islamic State organization. He has over a decade of international experience from teaching and research positions in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Additionally, he is an award-winning reportage photographer published in The Guardian, The Financial Times, and PDN Magazine.  

Samuel Cousins

BA, MRes

Cousins’ research is centered on the process of law enforcement militarization as a response to the security challenges posed by transnational organized crime, with a focus on Latin America. He recently submitted his dissertation for a Masters of Research in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. He is currently a research assistant at the University of Nottingham and an intern at a NATO accredited think-tank, the Centre of Excellence for Defence against Terrorism. He has a first-class degree in History and Politics from the University of Nottingham, and has previous experience working with Amnesty International.

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