PhD Candidate
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The Resilient Terrorist: How Criminal Diversification Impacts the Longevity and Durability of Terrorist Groups


Today, global illicit networks and terrorists are functioning at a high level of interdependence and represent, both singularly and together, a critical international security threat. Yet this area of convergence remains understudied, with significant gaps in contemporary literature regarding the impact such relationships have on the longevity and resilience of terrorist groups. What causes such a group, founded on an ideological or nationalist bedrock, to shift its strategic considerations to balance priorities like profit and organizational survival with radical political and social change? How does such an expansion impact the group’s longevity, durability, and resilience?  This dissertation seeks to produce a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between transnational crime and terrorist groups, and to offer practical, long term counterterrorism strategies.  


other Research

Al-Shabaab's mata Hari network

with Phoebe Donolley, in "Small Wars and Insurgencies" (forthcoming, Winter 2018)

Developing a Methodology for Assessing and Countering Transnational Organized Crime

Working Paper, U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations (PKSOI) Working Group, Rockville, Maryland

Battling the Hydra: The Role of Special Operations Forces in Countering the Hybridization of Terror

Working Paper, presented to Annual Symposium of the Special Operations Research Association, Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

Maritime Security Cooperation in the Gulf of Aden: An Assessment of the Ongoing International Naval Effort to Combat Somali Piracy

Masters Thesis, presented at the University of San Diego Department of Political Science, San Diego, CA


Extremists in Forgotten Corners: Hezbollah in Latin America

Working Paper, presented to the International Center for Terrorism and Transnational Crime, Antalya, Turkey.