recent media appearances (Vermont and India)

I had two media appearances recently. The first was with WION, an Indian news station. We discussed the recent release by Pakistan of Hafiz Saeed, founder of the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba. Unfortunately, a clip is not available. Additionally, I was excited to appear on WCAX (Channel 3 in Burlington) to discuss Trump’s recent policy changes […]

presenting at ISAC/ISSS conference, new research on Middle East conflicts

This week I am in Washington, DC, attending the ISAC/ISSS conference–APSA and ISA’s international security section conference–held at American University. I am presenting my new research on Middle East conflicts, a paper analyzing how informal hierarchy and status competition contributed to the Six Day War.

article on religious repression and conflict published early online

An article I co-authored with Jason Klocek of UC-Berkeley has been published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution’s early access section (for forthcoming articles that have not yet appeared in print). In it, we argue that religious conflict makes states wary of religion in general, leading to widespread religious freedom abuses. It should be of interest to […]

article on the United Nations and religious repression accepted for publication

I recently had an article accepted for publication at the Journal of Church and State.  The article, “Does the UN Human Rights Council help or hurt on religious repression,” addresses the debate over this international body. Some believe it will help advance human rights, while others argue it provides a platform for human rights abusers to […]

new Washington Post Monkey Cage piece, and podcast on my book

I have a piece in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage today, which features political science research applied to current events. In it, I discuss the difficulties the United States will face pressuring Pakistan on counterterrorism, due to the historical context of Pakistan’s counterterrorism policies. The piece draws on my book, Islamic Politics, Muslim States and […]

Q&A on my book, work

I recently did a Q&A with the National Consortium for Terrorism and the Study of Terrorism (START), a terrorism research center at the University of Maryland. I worked with START on a study of domestic extremism after I completed my doctoral studies. In the Q&A, I discuss my recently published book–Islamic Politics, Muslim States and […]

new writing and media coverage on US Religious Freedom policy

Recently Donald Trump nominated Sam Brownback–the governor of Kansas–to be the US Ambassador for International Religious Freedom. This is an issue I worked on before coming to UVM (when I was with the Pew Research Center) so I follow it closely. I have some concerns about Brownback’s nomination, which I discussed in this post on […]

blog post on religious freedom and counterterrorism/media blurb/UVM orientation

Summer’s been pretty busy, so I am a bit late on updating things. First, I had a blog post as part of the Religious Freedom Institute’s Cornerstone Blog series on religious freedom and counterterrorism. I drew from my book to discuss how differing levels of religious freedom affected counterterrorism, arguing there are some trade-offs in […]

new blog post on the UAE and the Qatar crisis

I recently published a blog post on Medium about the currently expanding Qatar crisis. Drawing on my book, I discuss some of the UAE’s potential motivations for its role in the crisis, and how this can help us resolve tensions. You can read it here. Comments are welcome.

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