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Amira Jadoon

Assistant Professor


Phone: 231-C Brackett Hall


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Educational Background

Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany (SUNY), Ph.D., Political Science

London School of Economics & Political Science, MSc, Economic Development

University of Iowa, BA Economics, BA Journalism

Courses Taught

Political Terrorism (POS 4570)
New Challenges in Terrorism (West Point)
Counterterrorism Strategies (West Point)
International Security and Conflict (UAlbany)
Intro to International Relations (UAlbany)


Dr. Amira Jadoon is an assistant professor in the department of Political Science at Clemson University. Prior to joining Clemson, she worked at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, jointly appointed in the department of Social Sciences and the Combating Terrorism Center (2017-2022). Jadoon also holds external appointments at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT-The Hague), and the Stimson Center (Washington DC). Jadoon specializes in international security, political violence, and counterterrorism strategies. She has published in numerous academic journals including the Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly, Foreign Policy Analysis, Asian Security, Terrorism and Political Violence and is also the author of the book, The Islamic State in Afghanistan and Pakistan: Strategic Rivalries and Alliances (Lynne Rienner, 2023). In 2022, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) named Jadoon as one of 50 honorees in the U.S. National Security & Foreign Affairs Leadership List. Her work has been cited in numerous U.S. and international media outlets, including The Washington Post, CNN, BBC, Stars and Stripes, Voice of America, and Foreign Policy. She also regularly briefs and engages with elements at all levels of the United States Government, including the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense as well as with international policymakers. Dr. Jadoon is fluent in Urdu, Hindko, and Punjabi and holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (State University of New York, Albany) and an Msc in Economic Development (London School of Economics). Prior to beginning her career in academia and research, Dr. Jadoon worked as a consultant for Deloitte London (U.K.) between 2006-2011.

Research Interests

Jadoon's research projects relate to the topics of international, state, and human security. Within these overarching topics, her work examines the interaction between international policy tools and domestic conflict processes, as well as the various causes and consequences of political violence and terrorism. Her work falls into the following key areas:

- The effectiveness of international policy tools to promote global security; my work examines the effects of foreign aid, economic sanctions, and arms embargoes on conflict dynamics
- The direct and indirect consequences of political violence and terrorism on state and human security
- The regional drivers of terrorism as well as the behavior of individual terrorist and insurgent organizations, with a focus on South Asia.

Research Publications

Book Manuscripts
• Alliances, Rivalries and Resiliency: The Case of Islamic State Khorasan. Lynne Rienner. With assistance from Andrew Mines (Spring 2023)

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
• Amira Jadoon, Nakissa Jahanbani and Emma Fruchtman. 2023. "The Uninvited Guest: Understanding Islamic State's Alliances and Rivalries in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Region," Asian Security 19(1).
• Amira Jadoon, Hina Khalid and Ashley Fox. 2023. “Who Gets Public Goods? Effects of Ethnic Diversity and Exclusion on Rural and Urban Populations Access to Water and Sanitation,” Risks, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy.
• Amira Jadoon, Andrew Mines and Daniel Milton. 2022. "Targeting Quality or Quantity? The Divergent Effects of Targeting Upper Verses Lower-Tier Leaders of Militant Organizations," Journal of Conflict Resolution, Online First.
• Amira Jadoon and Hina Khalid. 2022. "Fear, Legitimacy and Access: Political Violence and Health Security in Pakistan, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Online First.
• Amira Jadoon. 2022. "Operational Convergence or Divergence?" Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Online First.
• Daniel Milton, Amira Jadoon and Jason Warner. 2022. “Symbols or Needs? The Logic of UN Counterterrorism Treaty Ratification," International Studies Quarterly 66:1
• Victor Asal, Chris Linebarger, Amira Jadoon, and Michael Greig. 2021. "Why Some Rebel Organizations Attack Americans," Defence and Peace Economics. Online First.
• Amira Jadoon, Julia Lodeon, Charmaine Willis and Nakissa Jahanbani. 2020. "Breaking the Glass Ceiling? Female Participation in Militant Organizations in Islamic State Affiliates in Southeast Asia," Terrorism and Political Violence. Online First.
• Amira Jadoon. 2020. “Conflict Aggravation or Alleviation?" A Cross-national Examination of U.S. Military Aid's Effect on Conflict Dynamics, with Insights from Pakistan.” Political Science Quarterly 135.4: 665-695.
• Amira Jadoon, Dursen Peksen and Taehee Whang. 2020. Forum Contribution in “Economic Sanctions in Flux: Enduring Challenges, New Policies, and Defining the Future Research Agenda,” edited by Bryan Early and Menevis Cilizoglu, International Studies Perspectives 21:4: 438-477
• Brandon Behlendorf, Amira Jadoon and Samantha Penta. 2020. “Rivalry and Recovery: The Social Consequences of Climatic Hazards in Rural India.” International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 46
• Victor Asal and Amira Jadoon. 2019. “When Women Fight: Unemployment, Territorial Control and the Prevalence of Female Combatants in Insurgent Organizations.” Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict. Online First.
• Amira Jadoon and Daniel Milton. 2019. “Strength from the Shadows? How Shadow Economies Affect Terrorist Activities.” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. Online First.
• Amira Jadoon. 2019. “Playing Dirty to Survive: the Vulnerability of Civilian Targets within U.S. Military Aid Recipients.” Small Wars & Insurgency 30(3): 587-614
• Bryan Early and Amira Jadoon. 2019. “Using the Carrot as the Stick: Foreign Aid and the Effectiveness of Sanctions Threats.” Foreign Policy Analysis 15(3): 350-369
• Amira Jadoon. 2018. “Persuasion and Predation: The Effects of U.S. Military Aid and International Development Aid on One-sided Violence by States.” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 41(10).
• Victor Asal, Amira Jadoon, Nolan Fahrenkopf, and Injeong Hwang. 2018. “Prisoners At Midnight: Hypotheses Testing Simulation.” European Political Science 17(4): 621-633
• Bryan Early and Amira Jadoon. 2016. “Do Sanctions Always Stigmatize? The Effects of Economic Sanctions on Foreign Aid.” International Interactions 42(2).

Research Reports/Monographs (select)
• Amira Jadoon, Nakassia Jahanbani and Elina Noor (with Marley Caroll and William Frangia). August 2022. "Risks, Recruits, and Plots: Mitigating the Influence of Islamic State in Malaysia." Combating Terrorism Center Major Report. West Point, NY.
• Amira Jadoon. May 2021, "The Evolution and Potential Resurgence of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan." United States Institute of Peace, Special Report no. 494.
• Amira Jadoon, Nakissa Jahanbani and Charmaine Willis. December 2020, " The Evolution of Islamic State in the Philippines." Combating Terrorism Center. Major Report. West Point, NY.
• Amira Jadoon, Nakissa Jahanbani and Charmaine Willis. July 2020, "Rising in the East: A Regional Overview of Islamic State's Operations across Southeast Asia." Combating Terrorism Center Major Report. West Point, NY.
• Amira Jadoon and Andrew Mines. March 2020. “Broken, but Not Defeated: An Examination of State-led Operations against Islamic State Khorasan in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” Combating Terrorism Center. Major Report. West Point, NY.
• Amira Jadoon. December 2018. “Allied and Lethal: The Islamic State's Network and Organizational Capacity.” Combating Terrorism Center. Major Report. West Point, NY

Public Scholarship (select)
• Abdul Sayed and Amira Jadoon, "Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s Role in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Militant Infrastructure," The Hudson Institute, March 30, 2023
• Andrew Mines and Amira Jadoon, "A String of Assassinations in Afghanistan Point to ISIS-K Resurgence," The Conversation, March 21, 2023
• Abdul Sayed and Amira Jadoon, " Understanding Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan's Unrelenting Posture," Nexus Series, The Program on Extremism at George Washington University, August 16, 2022.
• Andrew Mines and Amira Jadoon, "A Year After the Fall of Kabul, Taliban’s False Commitments on Terrorism have been Fully Exposed," The Conversation, August 15, 2022.
• Amira Jadoon, "The Untenable Pakistan-TTP Negotiations," South Asian Voices, June 24, 2022
• Haroro Ingram, Amira Jadoon, and Andrew Mines, "Islamic State Leader Killed in U.S. Raid - Where does this Leave the Group?" The Conversation, February 3, 2022.
• Amira Jadoon, Abdul Sayed and Andrew Mines. January 2022. "The Islamic State Threat in Taliban Afghanistan: Tracing the Resurgence of Islamic State Khorasan," The CTC Sentinel 15
• Amira Jadoon and Andrew Mines. October 13, 2021." The Taliban Can’t Take on the Islamic State Alone," War on the Rocks, October 13, 2021.
• Charmaine Willis, Nakissa Jahanbani and Amira Jadoon. September/October 2021. "Recent Trends in Women and Militancy in Transnational Jihadist Groups in Southeast Asia," Analyzing War.
• Amira Jadoon, Andrew Mines and Abdul Sayed. September 7, 2021. "The Evolving Taliban-ISK Rivalry," The Interpreter, Lowy Institute, Sydney, Australia.
• Amira Jadoon and Andrew Mines. August 26, 2021. "What is ISIS-K? Two Terrorism Experts on the Group behind the Deadly Kabul Attack," The Conversation.
• Amira Jadoon and Abdul Sayed. March 10, 2021. "How to Deal with ISIS' Affiliate in Afghanistan" Inkstick Media.

Honors and Awards

• (2022) Honoree, 2022 US National Security & Foreign Affairs Leadership List, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and the Diversity in National Security Network.
• (2021) The Domestic-International Connection, Carnegie Corporation, NY ($280k)
• (2021) Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP), Berkeley, CA
• (2020) United States Institute of Peace, Washington D.C.
• (2020) Performance Award, Combating Terrorism Center, West Point, NY
• (2015) Clifford Clogg Scholarship, ICPSR, Ann Arbor, MI
• (2013) Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, SUNY, Albany, NY
• (2011) Deloitte Outstanding Contribution Award, two consecutive awards for exceptional contribution, London, United Kingdom


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