Ashi Al-Kahwati is Acting Programme Manager and Analyst at UI's Middle East and North Africa Programme. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from The University of Stockholm, and a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Lund.
The primary focus of Ashi’s studies has been on different aspects of security studies, terrorism and intelligence analysis. The Middle East has been of particular interest, which Ashi has studied from both historical as well as contemporary perspectives. This have in turn given Ashi a good knowledge regarding the influence and interaction of both states and non-state actors, regionally as well as globally. In her master thesis, Ashi compared the strategies and organizational cultures of the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda. The study not only gave Ashi a deeper understanding regarding the instrumental and organizational strategies of different terror groups, and how they relate to each other, but also future scenarios regarding terrorism and extremism in the Middle East.
Areas of interest:
Geopolitical conflicts, diplomacy and conflict resolution, terrorism and extremism, non-proliferation