I am currently working at National War College (National Defense University) as a Professor of National Security Straregy. My disciplinary background is in the fields of international relations (IR), foreign policy analysis (FPA), and comparative politics. Substantively, my research focuses on a variety of transnational phenomena, such as democracy and autocracy promotion, counterterrorism and security assistance, Islamic radicalization, and nexus of trafficking and terrorism. The subjects of my empirical work tend to be in post-Soviet Eurasia (Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Georgia). However, I strive to design my research as generalizable beyond the specific cases under study. Whether they are about the crime-terror nexus, foreign policy, authoritarian legitimization, democratization, or securitization of Islam, the findings of my research have theoretical generalizability and application beyond the geographical areas where my expertise lies.
Matching these interdisciplinary issue areas of my research program are the diverse methodologies that I have employed to study them. My repertoire of methodological tools have ranged from discourse analysis performed using qualitative software (such as NVivo), field research, interviews, and focus groups to large-n statistical tests and experiments. My current project on the terrorism-trafficking nexus in Eurasia utilizes the GIS-enabled methods for visualizing and analyzing the trafficking/terrorist intersections in Eurasia.
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