My research focuses on intra-state conflicts and Islamist and jihadist actors in internationalized armed conflicts. Regionally, I focus on West Asia and primarily on Syria. I am concerned with structures and institutions these actors (re)build, their behavior and their interaction with other groups but also with civilians and external actors. I am particularly interested in ideological changes, violence against civilians and transformation processes. I also explore ways to engage with militant Islamist groups to de-escalate conflicts.
Research Area Forms: 1.1 Findings on the Forms, Causes and Consequences of Political Violence
Research Area Institutions: 2.3 Containment of New Violent Actors