PhD Candidate Atal Ahmadzai and PhD Student Lauren Kaplan Present at the 2017 ISA Conference

PhD candidate Atal Ahmadzai and PhD student Lauren Kaplan have been selected to present their research at the International Studies Association (ISA) 2017 Conference in Washington D.C. The conference is hosted by The International Security Studies Section of ISA and the International Security and Arms Control Section of the American Political Science Association and will be held in early October. Ahmadzai and Kaplan will be on the same panel titled “Narrative, Perception, and Education in Terrorism” where they will present the following papers:

Ahmadzai – “Dying to Live: A ‘love to death’ Narrative of Taliban’s Suicide Bombings”

Kaplan – “Madrasa Education and the Implications on Strategic Terrorism Recruitment: A Brief Insight into Saudi Arabia and Pakistan”

Short Bios

Atal Ahmadzai is a PhD Candidate at Rutgers University-Newark, studying in the Division of Global Affairs. His research focuses on issues related to transboundary water scarcity and armed conflicts. He has firsthand research experience in areas including development, conflict, water issues, and security in both developed and conflict contexts. Ahmadzai currently teaches as an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University-Newark, Seton Hall University, and New Jersey City University, including human security, research methodology, development, and globalization and governance courses. Some of his publications include: “In the Shadow of the Insurgency in Afghanistan: Child Bartering, Opium Debt and the War on Drugs” which was published in an edited book, “The Forgotten Front: Water Security and the Crisis in Sanitation” which was published in the Afghanistan Human Development Report, and most recently, Ahmadzai published a paper on Integrated Water Resources Management. He is multi-lingual with fluency in English, Persian, Urdu, Pashto with an intermediate level understanding of Arabic and Nepali.

Lauren Kaplan is a PhD student at Rutgers University-Newark, studying in the Division of Global Affairs. Her research is focused on the relationship between women’s land tenure and water rights in South Africa. For the past two summers she has been collecting data in South Africa on a USAID Fellowship. Additionally, she has firsthand research experience in Morocco and Cameroon and often travels to other African nations. She currently works for the Graduate School-Newark as a Research Fellow and is in her last semester of coursework.

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