PhD Candidate, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Research Group – How ‘Terrorists’ Learn and at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Islamic Studies Department
Almakan Orozobekova is a PhD Candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Research Group – How ‘Terrorists’ Learn and at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Islamic Studies Department, Germany. Her current research project examines recruitment of foreign fighters to violent Islamist groups/organizations. She studies the methods of recruitment and the motivations of individuals to join various Islamist militant entities with the focus on the fighters’ recruitment cases from Central Asia and Western Europe. Her latest publication includes “Mobilization and Recruitment of Foreign Fighters: the Case of the Islamic State, 2012-2014.” Previously, she was an intern at the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre, Policy Support Service in Vienna and at the Western Countries Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic in Bishkek. Almakan received her BA degree in International Relations from the International University of Central Asia with summa cum laude. She is also a graduate of the OSCE Academy, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, and the University of Geneva where she gained MA and MAS degrees with high honours. Also, she received the “Most Outstanding Research Paper Award of MAS 9” from the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and the University of Geneva.