Jean Claude Abeck: Co-founder and Contributor
Jean Claude M. Abeck is a graduate of American University’s School of Public Affairs, in the Department of Justice, Law, and Criminology, with an M.Sc. in Terrorism and Security Policy. His research interests include terrorism and political violence in Africa, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa (the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin areas in particular). He is a veteran of the U.S Armed Forces and has prior research experience which includes: terrorism research at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland College Park, and terrorism and counterterrorism research at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.
Born in Batibo, Cameroon (Yay soccer fans!), in Central/West Africa, he graduated with a B.Sc. in Political Science from the University of Buea, the only English-speaking institution of its kind in predominantly French-speaking Central Africa. This bilingual and bicultural upbringing in a country with both French and English backgrounds informs his interest in the comparative study of French (Francophone) Africa to its remainder. His interest in security studies was born when Boko Haram initially shifted its strategy from a local to a regional (and arguably, international) extremist group. On February 19th, 2013, a French family of seven, including four children, were kidnapped by Boko Haram across the border in Cameroon. It was among the group’s first direct attacks that hit close to home. Despite the panic and fear that followed, Jean Claude found hope – hope in the resilience of Africans, and hope that peace and stability could return to sub-Saharan Africa if a standardized, professional and harmonized continentwide security architecture were to be adopted.
“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”
– Nelson Mandela
Daisy Muibu: Co-founder and Contributor
Daisy Muibu is a Doctoral student at American University’s Department of Justice, Law and Criminology in Washington, D.C. Her research is focused primarily on matters of police legitimacy and law enforcement responses to terrorism in the Horn of Africa. She also has other interests, specifically in the evolution of foreign fighters’ experiences in the Somali-based terrorist group, al-Shabaab. Beyond her field research experience examining the latter, Daisy worked for the United Nation’s Office on Drugs and Crime in Nairobi and the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ASCC) at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.
Born and raised in Kenya, Daisy completed her undergraduate degree in Nairobi at a time when Kenya was facing an unprecedented level of attacks from al-Shabaab following the country’s military intervention in Somalia in 2011. Over this time, she developed an interest in local law enforcement responses to terrorism and pursued this interest into her master’s degree, earning an MA in Intelligence and International Security at King’s College London. Her MA thesis examined inter-agency coordination in Kenya’s counterterrorism efforts.
Beyond her academic interests, Daisy is an avid runner and consumer of all things science fiction!
Kat Parsons: Editor and Contributor
Kat is a Doctoral student at American University, who specializes in domestic extremism, political violence, and right-wing extremism in the United States. Kat focuses on the variation between support for political extremism, violence, and engagement in violence. Her previous research includes support for political violence and the impact of violent rhetoric, both in the U.S. and elsewhere, as well as the rise of far-right terrorism in the U.S. and Europe. She also has experience in teaching Criminology and studying political violence in the Middle East and Central Africa.