Project affiliate Dr. Mona Kanwal Sheikh awarded prestigious ERC Grant


We are very happy to congratulate our project affiliate Dr. Mona Kanwal Sheikh, Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), for being awarded a Starting Grant of EUR 1.5 million (SK 15.8 million) from the European Research Council (ERC) for a 5-year research project on transnational jihadism.

The project led by Dr. Sheikh will study mechanisms of escalation and de-escalation in jihadist conflicts, with a particular focus on the so-called Islamic State and Al-Qaeda. The goal is to understand under what circumstances these movements are able to tap into local conflicts and why they successfully expand to some places more than others. The project, which is planned to begin in January 2019, further aims to create synergy between the research fields of religious studies, security, and peace and conflict research. Please visit the website of the DIIS for further information.