I am an early career researcher with expertise in terrorism and political violence, social movements, politics and security in Eurasia, and international security.

My doctoral research (completed March 2019) at the University of Birmingham focused on the insurgency that operates in Russia’s North Caucasus. I examined questions of ideological variance and change across the contemporary insurgency, evaluating ideology’s relationship to internal movement dynamics and political environments to develop a better understanding of its role in conflict. This research drew on my fluent Russian and developing Turkish language skills to examine extensive, unique primary source datasets, and to conduct field research in Russia and Turkey. The thesis, which will soon be publicly accessible, is entitled ‘Interpreting the Ideological Evolution Of An Insurgency: Lessons From The North Caucasus, 2007-2015.’

If your organisation or project can benefit from my unique skill set, please get in contact to discuss your needs: markyoungman . uk @ gmail . com (without the spaces).

My areas of expertise include:

  • Russian and Eurasian domestic and foreign policy
  • International politics and security
  • Political violence and terrorism
  • Radicalisation, deradicalisation, and disengagement
  • Social movements
  • Ideology and political beliefs
  • Leadership
  • Qualitative research methodologies, including field research






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