Harrison Akins is a PhD candidate in Political Science and one of our fellows. Harrison reports on his research efforts to his supervisor and mentor, Dr. Krista Wiegand, Baker Faculty Fellow in Global Security.
He has been working on completing a first draft of my paper with early statistical analysis examining the impact of elite capture on terrorism from minority ethnic groups. As he was developing the paper over the semester, its theory and model were greatly helped by being able to engage with other graduate research fellows, particularly Aaron Gold who recommended readings and data sources/measurements to use for his model.
He has also begun work on a project with Mehdi Ayari examining, within the Muslim world, the outcome of elections when there are multiple religious political parties as opposed to only one religious party participating in the election. This project will examine whether having multiple religious parties spoils the chances of any of them having significant electoral victories.
He is also continuing to read the terrorism/foreign policy literature and work on his initial research design for his dissertation idea–examining the impact of US foreign policy and the War on Terror on foreign governments’ policies towards terrorism within their borders and the resulting increase in domestic terrorism. In regards to his cross field concentration (CFC) in public policy, he has begun to develop the policy section of this project as the idea for his CFC paper, examining how US policies to combat terrorism are used as policy signaling to other states. To this end, he has written an early draft laying out ideas for the theory and beginning to place it within the relevant literature.