Applied Research

Browse links to articles and books published by ISET faculty, affiliates and students.


US State Department and UN Consulting Practicum Student Products

Creative Asset & Dissemination Playbook, Manage the Monsters: Promoting Media Literacy and Awareness of Propaganda & Disinformation, 2021 Consulting Practicum with the US State Department’s Global Engagement Center.

Final Report, Responding to Violent Extremism in the Western Balkans, 2020 Consulting Practicum with the US State Department’s Global Engagement Center. 

Infographic, Responding to Violent Extremism in the Western Balkans, 2020 Consulting Practicum with the US State Department’s Global Engagement Center. 

Final Report, UN75: The Future We Want, The UN We Need, 2020 Consulting Practicum with the UN. 

Infographics, Countering Radicalization and Recruitment in Somalia and Nigeria, 2019 Consulting Practicum with the US State Department’s Global Engagement Center.


Journal Articles and Policy Reports by Faculty, Students, & Affiliates

Altier, Mary Beth (2021) “Violent Extremist Disengagement and Reintegration: Lessons from Over 30 Years of DDR.” The RESOLVE Network.

Jacobson, Adam (2021) “Back to the Dark Side: Explaining the CIA’s Repeated Use of Torture.” Terrorism and Political Violence.

Altier, Mary Beth (2021) “Criminal or Terrorist?: Fear, Bias, and Public Support for Prisoner Re-entry Programs.” Terrorism and Political Violence.

Schnaufer, Tad II (2021) “The US-NATO Relationship: The Cost of Maintaining Political Pressure on Allies.” Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. 

Kalilou, Ousseyni (2021) “Climate Change and Conflict in the Sahel: The Acacia Gum Tree As a Tool for Environmental Peacebuilding." International Affairs.

Altier, Mary Beth, Emma Leonard Boyle, and John Horgan (2020) “Terrorist Transformations: The Link Between Terrorist Roles and Terrorist Disengagement.” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.

Sidhu, W.P.S. (2020) “India and the United Nations Security Council: Deja vu?” IIC Quarterly. 

Salyk-Virk, Melissa (2020) “Building Community Resilience: Community Perspectives of the Countering Violent Extremism Pilot Program in Minneapolis/St. Paul.” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.

Altier, Mary Beth, Emma Leonard Boyle, and John Horgan (2019) “Returning to the Fight: An Empirical Analysis of Terrorist Reengagement and Recidivism.” Terrorism and Political Violence. 

Altier, Mary Beth, Emma Leonard Boyle, Neil Shortland, and John Horgan (2018) "Why They Leave: An Analysis of Terrorist Disengagement Events from 87 Autobiographical Accounts." Security Studies.

Sidhu, W.P.S. (2017) “The strategic elimination of nuclear weapons: a redefined global agenda for nuclear disarmament.” Nonproliferation Review.

Bowen, Andrew (2017) "Coercive Diplomacy and the Donbas: Explaining Russian Strategy in Eastern Ukraine." Journal of Strategic Studies.

Jacobson, Adam (2017) "Could the United States Reinstitute An Official Torture Policy?" Journal of Strategic Security.

Schnaufer, Tad II (2017) "Redefining Hybrid Warfare: Russia's Non-linear War Against the West." Journal of Strategic Security.

Einhorn, Robert and W.P.S. Sidhu (2017) “The strategic chain linking Pakistan, India, China, and the United States.” Brookings Institution.

Special Issue of Journal of Strategic Security on Emerging Threats vol. 9 no. 3 (2016); Guest Editor, Mary Beth Altier

Clarke, Colin "Drugs and Thugs: Funding Terrorism Through Narcotics Trafficking."

Mazzucelli, Collette, Anna Visvizi, and Ronald Bee "Secular States in a 'Security Community': The Migration-Terrorism Nexus?"

Honeywood, Christian "Britain's Approach to Balancing Counterterrorism Laws with Human Rights."

Dávila, Ana "Social Media: Insight on the Internal Dynamics of Mexican DTOs."

Spencer, Amanda "The Hidden Face of Terrorism: An Analysis of Women in the Islamic State."

Novenario, Celine (2016) “Differentiating Al Qaeda and the Islamic State Through Strategies Publicized in Jihadist Magazines.” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism

Horgan, John, Mary Beth Altier, Neil Shortland, and Max Taylor (2016) "Walking Away: The Disengagement and De-radicalization of a Violent Right Wing Extremist." Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism & Political Aggression.

Bowen, Andrew and Mark Galeotti (2014) “Latvia and Money Laundering: An Examination of Regulatory and Institutional Effectiveness in Combating Money Laundering.” Central European Journal of International and Security Studies. 

Altier, Mary Beth, Christian Thoroughgood, and John Horgan (2014) "Turning Away from Terrorism: Lessons from Psychology, Sociology, and Criminology." Journal of Peace Research.

Yannakogeorgos, Pano (2012) “Internet Governance and National Security.” Strategic Studies Quarterly. 

Horgan, John and Mary Beth Altier (2012) "The Future of Terrorist De-Radicalization Programs," Georgetown Journal of International Affairs.


Recent Books by ISET Affiliates

Ankersen, Christopher and W.P.S. Sidhu (eds.) (2021) The Future of Global Affairs: Managing Discontinuity, Disruption, and Destruction. Palgrave Macmillan.

Clarke, Colin. (2020) After the Caliphate: The Islamic State & the Future of Terrorist Diaspora. Wiley.  

Jarmon, Jack A. and Pano Yannakogeorgos (2018) The Cyber Threat and Globalizaation: The Impact on US National and International Security. Rowman and Littlefield.

Yannakogeorgos, Pano and John P. Geis II (2016) The Human Side of Cyber Conflict: Organizing, Training, and Equipping the Air Force Cyber Workforce. Air University Press.  

Clarke, Colin. (2015) Terrorism, Inc.: The Financing of Terrorism, Insurgency and Irregular Warfare. Praeger.

Oppenheimer, Michael F. (2015) Pivotal Countries, Alternate Futures: Using Scenarios to Manage American Strategy. Oxford University Press.

Ankersen, Christopher (2014) The Politics of Civil-Military Cooperation: Canada in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. Palgrave Macmillan.


Recent Book Chapters by ISET Affiliates

Sidhu, W.P.S. (2019) “The Accidental Global Peacekeeper” in Manu Bhagwan, ed., India and the Cold War. UNC Press.

Sidhu, W.P.S. (2019) “Regional Peace and Security” in Simon Chesterman and Ben Saul, eds., Oxford Handbook for International Law in Asia. Oxford University Press. 

Sidhu, W.P.S. (2018) “Weapons of Mass Destruction” in Thomas G. Weiss and Rorden Wilkinson, eds., International Organization and Global Governance, (2nd edition). Routledge.

Sidhu, W.P.S.  (2018) "The Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Regime", in P.D. Williams and Matt McDonald, eds., Security Studies: An Introduction. 3rd edition. Taylor & Francis. 

Sidhu, W.P.S. (2018) “Regional Groups and Alliances”, in Thomas G. Weiss and Sam Daws, eds., The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations. (2nd edition). Oxford University Press.

Sidhu, W.P.S. (2018) “The Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Regime” in Paul D. Williams & Matt McDonald, eds., Security Studies: An Introduction, (3rd edition).

Sidhu, W.P.S.  (2016) "Non-Proliferation and Disarmament", in J. K. Cogan, I. Hurd and I. Johnstone, eds., The Oxford Handbook of International Organizations. Oxford University Press.

Sidhu, W.P.S. (2015) "Weapons of Mass Destruction: Managing Proliferation" in S. von Einsiedel, D. M. Malone, and B. S. Ugarte, eds., The UN Security Council in the 21st Century. Lynne Rienner.


Op-Eds and Other Publications

Altier, Mary Beth (2021) “Lessons for Reintegrating Islamic State Detainees.” Lawfare.

Oppenheimer, Michael F. (2020) “Longer Term Perspectives on the Iran Crisis.” The Hill.

Sidhu, W.P.S. and Michaela Millender (2020) “Empowering "We the peoples" in the UN's 75th Year”, IPI Global Observatory.

Sidhu, W.P.S. (2020) “How Will Sino-Indian Competition Impact India's Upcoming Tenure on the UNSC?” IPI Global Observatory.

Ankersen, Christopher (2020) “Melancholic and Fascinated: Artificial Intelligence, Authentic Humanity, and the Future of War.” Wavell Room. Wavell Writes 2019 Essay Prize.

Altier, Mary Beth and Emma Leonard Boyle (2019) “The London Bridge knife attacker was a bad risk for release. Here’s why.” The Washington Post.


Practical Education

Whether you are an experienced professional who is interested in increasing your knowledge or developing your skill sets, or you are a recent graduate who wants to pursue a career in the security sector—which, these days, means everything from the intelligence community to risk assessment in financial institutions to field work with an NGO—the NYU Center for Global Affairs (CGA) offers the transnational security concentration within the MS in Global Affairs (MSGA) to meet your needs. Flexibly scheduled, with the option to complete your course of study part-time and the opportunity to take courses from across other NYU units, the program provides a uniquely practical way of learning about the breadth and depth of emerging security challenges.

Students in the transnational security concentration grapple with some of the most pressing issues of our time including the security implications of the Iranian nuclear agreement, Russia’s actions in Ukraine, the civil war in Syria, the rise of ISIS, homegrown violent extremism, refugee crises, a proliferation of failed states, intelligence and economic espionage, drug and human trafficking, global financial crime, and post-conflict reconstruction. We also spend a great deal of time discussing how technology and globalization are drastically altering the conduct of war and challenging established norms from cyber, to nonlinear warfare, to unmanned and autonomous weapons, to terrorists’ use of social media, encryption, and the Dark Web. 

Many of transnational security issues overlap with other concentrations in our program and students often combine transnational security with another concentration area (peace-building, the future of international relations, energy and the environment, development and humanitarian assistance, international law and human rights, gender) or one of our specializations (Data, Global Risk, the United Nations).

Our program follows a theory-practice model, with most students interning or participating in our consulting practicum in New York City (with the UN, the US State Department, New York City Cyber Command, and others) or traveling abroad on one of our Global Field Intensives prior to their graduation. We also offer an annual International Strategic Crisis Negotiations Exercise in conjunction with the US Army War College where students simulate high-level diplomatic negotiations surrounding a real-world conflict. Employers find our students possess not only the requisite academic knowledge and analytic skills necessary to excel, but also the practical experience and connections in their field. 

Recent graduates or current students in the transnational security concentration are employed in a variety of fields and sectors. Many work in government agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, State Department, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, National Counterterrorism Center, the Department of Defense, New York Police Department, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office (or in similar organizations in their home countries). Our alumni are also employed as intelligence or political risk analysts in the private sector at organizations such as Kroll, RANE, Ergo, Control Risks, Morgan Stanley, Teneo, and AIG. Others are on the front lines of counterterrorism monitoring and analyzing terrorist behavior on the Internet and Dark Web for companies such as Dataminr, Flashpoint, and Facebook. Some work for the UN or their country’s mission to the UN Others put their skills to use as research analysts, examining and writing about critical international security issues and foreign policy at think tanks such as The Soufan Center/Group, The Eurasia Group, Human Rights First, New America, Network Contagion Research Institute, and the Council on Foreign Relations.



February 19-20, 2021: US Army War College International Crisis Strategic Negotiation Exercise on Sudan/South Sudan

January 13, 2021: Power at the Pentagon: Considering Civil-Military Relations and Representation w/Jessica D. Blankshain (US Naval War College), Jim Golby (University of Texas, Austin), Meg Guilford (University of Pennsylvania), Danielle Lupton (Colgate University), Daniel White (Modern War Institute), and Christopher Ankersen (NYU Center for Global Affairs).

October 15, 2020: A World Safe for Democracy: A Conversation with John Ikenberry (Princeton University) w/Michael Oppenheimer (NYU Center for Global Affairs)

September 29, 2020: Inside Jokes to IRL: How Bad Actors Use Viral Memes to Hijack the Narrative and Incite Real-World Violence w/Alex Goldenberg (Lead Intelligence Analyst, Network Contagion Research Institute). 

September 21, 2020: Post-Conflict State Re-building After Mass Atrocities w/Darin Johnson (Associate Professor of Law, Howard University), Milena Sterio (Charles R. Emrick Jr.-Cafee Halter & Griswold Professor of Law, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law), Jennifer Trahan (NYU Center for Global Affairs), Paul Williams (Rebecca Grazier Professor in Law and International Relations at American University), and Andras Vamos-Goldman (NYU Center for Global Affairs, founder and former Executive Director, Justice Rapid Response). 

June 16, 2020: Security Challenges and Shifting Power Dynamics in the COVID Era w/ Admiral Samuel J. Locklear, Dr. Mary Beth Altier, Dr. Christopher Ankersen, and Dr. Panno Yannakogeorgos.

May 28, 2020: Pathways for Cyber Peace in an Age of Constant Conflict w/ Andrea Bonime-Blanc (Founder & CEO, GEC Risk Advisory), Scott Shackelford (Associate Professor & Cybersecurity Program Chair, Indiana University of Bloomington), Pano Yannakogeorgos (NYU Center for Global Affairs)

May 21, 2020: Disinformation in a Post-Truth World w/Danny Rogers (Co-Founder & CTO, Disinformation Index), Dr. John Kane (NYU Center for Global Affairs), & Alexis Gerber (Editor in Chief, Straus News-Manhattan).

May 14, 2020: Securitization in the Israeli and Jordanian Reaction to COVID-19, Joshua Krasna (NYU Center for Global Affairs & Foreign Policy Research Institute)

May 12, 2020: COVID-19: Boon or Bane for Multilateralism w/ W.P.S. Sidhu (NYU Center for Global Affairs)

April 30, 2020: Possible Effects of the Pandemic on US Power & Policy w. Michael Oppenheimer (NYU Center for Global Affairs)

April 28, 2020: Viruses Versus Violent Extremists: Assessing and Responding to National Security Threats w/ Mary Beth Altier (NYU Center for Global Affairs)

April 23, 2020: At War with an Invisible Enemy: Securitizing the COVID-19 Response w/Christopher Ankersen (NYU Center for Global Affairs)

April 21, 2020: The Future of US Foreign Policy w/ Anne-Marie Slaughter (CEO, New America), Gideon Rose (Editor, Foreign Affairs) & Michael Oppenheimer (NYU Center for Global Affairs)

April 16, 2020: Women, Peace, Security and COVID 19 w/ Anne Marie Goetz (NYU Center for Global Affairs)

February 21-22, 2020: US Army War College International Crisis Strategic Negotiation Exercise on Syria 

November 21, 2019: The Prospects for Cyber Peace w/ Scott Shackelford (Associate Professor & Cybersecurity Program Chair, Indiana University of Bloomington), Pano Yannakogeorgos (NYU Center for Global Affairs), Frederick Douze (Professor, French Institute of Geopolitics at Paris 8 University), Karen Guttieri (Associate Professor, US Air Force Cyber College) & Chrisopher Ankersen (NYU Center for Global Affairs)

October 30, 2019: Futures of Counterterrorism w/ David Scharia (Chief, UN Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate), Ali Soufan (CEO, The Soufan Group), Melissa Salyk-Virk (Senior Policy Analyst, New America) & Mary Beth Altier (NYU Center of Global Affairs)

April 10, 2019: Non Proliferation Policy in the Trump Era w/ Suzanne DiMaggio (Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace), Lori Esposito Murray (Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations), Ankit Panda (Adjunct Senior Fellow, Federation of American Scientists) & W.P.S. Sidhu (NYU Center for Global Affairs)

April 1, 2019: Great Power conflicts in the Age of Cyber Insecurity w/ Clint Watts (Foreign Policy Research Institute), Mary Beth Altier & Christopher Ankersen (NYU Center for Global Affairs)

March 29, 2019: The South China Sea: US Foreign Policy Challenges w/ Kimball Chen (Chairman, The Global LPG Partnership & Energy Transportation Group), Rorry Daniels (Deputy Project Director, Forum on Asia-Pacific Security, National Committeee on American Foreign Policy), Brigadier General S. Clinton Hinote (Deputy Director, Air Force Warfighting Integration Capability), Earl Carr (Managing Director, Momentum Advisors)

February 22-23, 2019: US Army War College International Crisis Strategic Negotiation Exercise on the Korean Peninsula

February 19, 2019: Russia and the US: Here We Go Again w/Peter Clement (Senior Research Scholar, Columbia School of International and Public Affairs) & Rick Levitt (NYU Center for Global Affairs)

October 11, 2018: Small Wars, Big Data: The Info Revolution in Modern Conflict w/ Jacob Shapiro (Professor, Princeton University), Mary Beth Altier & Christopher Ankersen (NYU Center for Global Affairs) 

June 4, 2019: Ian Bremmer – US VS THEM: The Failure of Globalism w/ Ian Bremmer (President, Eurasia Group) & Richard Wolffe (Columnist, The Guardian)

May 3, 2018: 21st-Century UN Reform: Advancing Peace and Security w/ Cherith Norman Chalet (Minister Counselor, US Mission), Tamrat Samuel (Assistant Secretary General, Senior Coordinator for Peace & Reform), Paige Arthur (Deputy Director, NYU CIC), W.P.S. Sidhu (NYU Center for Global Affairs)

April 17, 2018: The Good Friday Agreement: Looking Back, Looking Ahead w/ Senator George Mitchell & Thomas Hill (NYU Center for Global Affairs)

March 23-24, 2018: US Army War College International Crisis Strategic Negotiation Exercise on Jammu-Kashmir

September 11, 2017: NYU Center for Global Affairs/Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Alumni Panel “Understanding the US National Security and Intelligence Landscape and What Lies Ahead” w/ John E. McLaughlin (former Acting and Deputy Director of the CIA), Yaël Eisenstat (former CIA analyst and national security advisor to Vice President Biden), and Alexandra Rogan (Senior Vice President, Teneo Holdings)

August 14-15, 2017: Host of 11th Annual International Conference of the Society for Terrorism Research Conference

March 29, 2017: Panel discussion “Innovative Approaches in the Fight Against Violent Extremism: New Tools Being Utilized by Community Groups, Law Enforcement, and NGOs” w/ Seth DuCharme (Chief, National Security & Cybercrime Section, US Attorney's Office, EDNY), Tara Maller (Spokesperson and Senior Policy Advisor, the Counter Extremism Project; former CIA Military Analyst), Nate Snyder (former Principal Senior Advisor & Chief of Staff for Policy - Office of Community Partnerships and US Countering Violent Extremism Task Force, Department of Homeland Security) and Mary Beth Altier (NYU Center for Global Affairs)

March 3-4, 2017: US Army War College International Crisis Strategic Negotiation Exercise on South China Sea

November 22, 2016: The Next Steps for Multilateral Disarmament w/Ban Ki Moon (UN Secretary General), Kim Won-Soo (Undersecretary General for Disarmament), Carlos Sergio Duarte (Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Brazil to the UN), Ray Acheson (Director, Reaching Critical Will), and W.P.S. Sidhu (NYU Center for Global Affairs)

April 22-23, 2016: US Army War College International Crisis Strategic Negotiation Exercise on Nagorno Karabakh

September 18, 2015: A Conversation with President of Estonia, Toomas Henrik Ilves, on “Modern World – Modern Threats? Responses to Hybrid Aggression”



We welcome an impressive array of professionals, educators, scholars and researchers who work and teach within the NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs and ISET. 

Mary Beth Altier
Clinical Associate Professor, Center for Global Affairs
Expertise: Terrorism and Political Violence, Political Behavior, International Security

Christopher Ankersen
Clinical Associate Professor, Center for Global Affairs
Expertise: Comprehensive Approaches to Conflict, Civil-Military Relations, Southeast Asia

Thomas Hill
Clinical Associate Professor, Center for Global Affairs
Expertise: Peacebuilding, Iraq, Kurdistan, Conflict Assessment Education

Michael Oppenheimer
Clinical Professor, Center for Global Affairs
Expertise: Futures, Global Strategy, US Foreign Policy

WPS Sidhu
Clinical Associate Professor, Center for Global Affairs
Expertise: WMD Terrorism, International Organizations, India, Maritime Security

Pano Yannakogeorgos
Clinical Associate Professor, Center for Global Affairs, Expertise: Cyberpower, Cyberconflict, Cybersecurity, National Security



Andrew S. Bowen
Analyst in Russian and European Affairs, Congressional Research ServiceExpertise: Money Laundering, Transnational Crime, Covert Action, Authoritarianism, and Russian Security

Colin P. Clarke
Director of Policy and Research, The Soufan Group
Expertise: Transnational Terrorism, Counterinsurgency, Threat Finance, and US Grand Strategy

Alex Kassirer
Director of Counterterrorism, Flashpoint Global Partners”
Expertise: Counterterrorism, Terrorists’ Use of the Internet/Technology, Cybersecurity

Simran Maker
Consultant on Geopolitics, International Security, and Foreign Policy
Expertise: Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgencies, State Failure and Statebuilding, and Homeland Security

Samuel Powers
Director, Dataminr; Co-founder, Lens on Life Project
Expertise: Counterterrorism, Radicalization, Narcoterrorism, Social Media, and Data Exploration

Ina Wanca
VP, Global Lead AI Solutions, Mastercard
Expertise: Transnational Security, Cyberpolitics, and Smart Technologies and Society