“Stateless jihadi families are a growing threat to global stability”, Globe and Mail (Canada), 7 October 2020

Viral nationalism, tolerance and the threat of renewed conflict“, The Hill, 12 May 2020

Is the Future of ISIS Female? New York Times, 21 February 2019

“The next Islamic State would be deadlier”, Washington Post, 5 October 2017

“In two charts, this is what refugees say about why they are leaving Syria now”Washington Post, 28 September 2015

“Fixing the Mess in Syria”The National Interest, 17 December 2014

“Fractured opposition groups disillusion Syrians” , U-T San Diego, 22 January 2014

“Is Syria ready for peace”The Baltimore Sun , 17 January 2014


“From Russia with blood: the Chechen’s on Putins ‘kill list’”, Sunday Times, 25 November 2020

“What to Do About the Children of the Islamic State”, Foreign Policy, 25 November 2020

“Crowdfunding the Women of the Islamic State”, Lawfare, 30 October 2020

“Foreign Fighters’ Life After the Caliphate”, Foreign Policy, 26 October 2020

“Spending the Pandemic in an Iraqi Jail”, Foreign Policy, 8 September 2020

“The World’s Most Dangerous Coronavirus Lockdowns”, Foreign Policy, 1 April 2020

“The New Face of Terrorism,” Foreign Policy, 1 January 2020

“Islamic State Fighters Are Back, and This Time They’re Taking Up Arms With Shiite Militias,” Foreign Policy, 15 October 2018

“Putin Is Building a Bosnian Paramilitary Force,” Foreign Policy, 8 August 2018

“The Lives of Foreign Fighters Who Left ISIS”Foreign Affairs, 27 October 2017

“Will Former ISIS Fighters Help the Rohingya?”Foreign Affairs, 23 September 2017

“The Chechens of Syria”, Foreign Affairs, 9 September 2017

“How Ukraine Reined In Its Militias”Foreign Affairs, 1 August 2017

“The Names of Jihad”Foreign Affairs, 14 July 2017

“The Struggle Over Sinjar”, Foreign Affairs, 5 June 2017

“Land Grabs in Iraq”, Foreign Affairs, 11 April 2017

“Cracks in the Islamic State”Foreign Affairs, 15 February 2017

“ISIS New Frontier”Foreign Affairs, 1 February 2017

“The New ISIS Insurgency”Foreign Affairs, 9 January 2017

“The Overloaded Prisons of Iraq”Foreign Affairs, 1 December 2016

“Iraq After ISIS”, Foreign Affairs, 3 November 2016

“The Downfall of ISIS”, Foreign Affairs, 26 September 2016

“What would you do if your neighborhood turned into a war zone?”, Boston Globe, 29 February 2016

“The Jihadi Who Came in From the Cold”Foreign Policy, 10 August 2015

Ramadan in Syria”Foreign Affairs, 9 July 2015

”Syria’s Democracy Jihad”Foreign Affairs, 14 January 2014

“I Am Only Looking Up For Paradise”Foreign Policy, 2 October 2014

“Ukraine’s Do-It-Yourself War”Foreign Policy, 11 July 2014

“Putin Is Behaving in Ukraine Like Milosevic Did in Serbia”The New Republic, 19 June 2014

“Why are fighters leaving the Free Syrian Army?”Washington Post, 12 May 2014

“What Do Syria’s Rebels Want From The West?” , Syria in Crisis, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 07 April 2014


“Iraq’s Broken Justice System for Islamic State Fighters”, Lawfare, 25 July 2020

“Life inside Syria’s al-Hol camp”, Middle East Institute, 9 July 2020

“Jihadists from Ex-Soviet Central Asia: Where Are They? Why Did They Radicalize? What Next?”, Belfer Center (Harvard Kennedy School), 7 December 2018

“Can ISIS regroup? Lessons from interviews with ex-ISIS fighters,” NATO Review, 8 August 2018

Fearing ISIS in Shadows”, Belfer Center (Harvard Kennedy School), 20 April 2017

“ISIS Prisons: Where Labor Demand Meets Labor Supply”, Combat Terrorism Exchange, Volume 7, #1, 2017

“CTC Prospectives- The Islamic State’s Drone Documents: Management, Acquisitions, and DIY Tradecraft”, CTC West Point, 31 January 2017

“Understanding the changing tactics of so-called Islamic State”, NATO Review, 15 April, 2016

“What ISIS Can Teach Policymakers”,  Belfer Center (Harvard Kennedy School), 26 October 2016

“The Motivation of Syrian Islamist Fighters” (with Sam Whitt and Loubna Mrie), CTC
Sentinel, Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, Vol.7, Nom.10 (October 2014) pp.13-15

A Glimpse into the Minds of Four Foreign Fighters in Syria” (with Sam Whitt), CTC
Sentinel, Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, Vol.7, Nom.6 (June 2014) pp.6-7

Blog Posts

Answering the Call to Arms in Ukraine , Political Violence @ a Glance, 09 October 2014

Competition Within Terrorist “Industry” , Political Violence @ a Glance, 24 September 2014

“If Aleppo Falls, What Next For The Free Syrian Army and Their Supporters?” , Political Violence @ a Glance, 27 August 2014

“Islamists at a Glance: Why Do Syria’s Rebel Fighters Join Islamist Groups?”, Political Violence @ a Glance, 13 August 2014

“The Importance of Local Knowledge in Syria” , Atlantic Council , 04 April 2014

“Do Syrians Want To Fight Until Victory or Do they Want a Ceasefire?” , Syria Comment , 26 March 2014

“Norms and Attitudes in the Midst of Civil War: Experimental and Survey Evidence from Syria” , Political Violence @ a Glance , 17 March 2014

“Public Opinion in the Midst of the Syrian Civil War” , The Duck of Minerva , 20 January 2014

In 2015 named #2 Best New Blogger by OAIS (International Studies Association)

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Baghdad, August 2016