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Michael Shkolnik


Degrees:B.A. Double Honours Major in Economics and Political Science (University of Western Ontario, 2009), M.A. Government & Strategy (Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya [Israel], 2010), Ph.D. International Conflict Management and Resolution (Carleton University: The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, 2019)

Michael Shkolnik is a fellow and sessional lecturer at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA), where he finished a Ph.D. focusing on the evolution of terrorist and insurgent organizations. Michael teaches a senior year seminar on militant groups in armed conflict based on his research and policy work. He is also an affiliate of the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS). Since 2019, Michael has worked on terrorism and defence issues with the Government of Canada through the Recruitment of Policy Leaders program. Michael previously served as the Cadieux-Léger Fellow (on a scholar-in-residence program) and senior advisor with the Strategic Foresight unit at the Department of Global Affairs Canada, leading a project on the futures of terrorism. He continues to publish research in academic and policy-oriented outlets, including Combatting Terrorism Center (CTC) Sentinel, Perspectives on Terrorism, and War on the Rocks. Over the past decade, Michael also worked with counterterrorism and international security research institutes in Washington D.C., Ottawa, and Israel. In 2010, he received a master’s degree in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security Studies from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya in Israel.