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Moign Khawaja 

Moinuddin (Moign) Khawaja is a PhD research student at the School of Law and Government, DCU. Moign has a background in international relations, world conflicts and journalism and has been a keen observer of Middle Eastern affairs since last two decades. He has worked as a multimedia journalist in the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and Sultanate of Oman. 

Education:

MA Journalism - University of Lincoln (2008)

Supervisor: Prof. Maura Conway

Thesis Title: LIKE NO OTHER STATE – “Determining the 'Stateness' of Islamic State According to their Video Propaganda” 

Thesis Abstract:

The so-called Islamic State (henceforth IS), since its inception, has been controversial in every sense of the word. Its critics have denounced and dismissed the name of the organisation, condemned its tactics, deplored its vision, rejected its ideology and its very status both as an organisation and state, while its credentials have been disputed alike by world leaders, academics and journalists among others. However, consistent condemnations and denials will not be enough to understand IS and judge its role in history. What needs to be undertaken is a serious effort to assess their claims – featuring in their own propaganda material – and ascertain facts on the basis of an authentic and widely recognised framework, which includes international conventions, contemporary history, and modern day laws. This study aims to take a step in that direction.

Areas of Interest: Counter-terrorism, Foreign Policy, Propaganda, Radicalisation, Recruitment, Internet, Social Media, Violent Extremism, Visual Communications, Security Studies.

Publications:

Maura Conway, Moign Khawaja, Suraj Lakhani, Jeremy Reffin, Andrew Robertson, and David Weir. "Disrupting Daesh: Measuring Takedown of Online Terrorist Material and its Impacts." VOX-Pol (2017): 1-45. 

Conway, M., Khawaja, M., Lakhani, S., Reffin, J., Robertson, A. and Weir, D., 2018. Disrupting Daesh: Measuring Takedown of Online Terrorist Material and its Impacts. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, pp.1-20.

- Forthcoming: “Mapping the Contemporary Jihadi Online Ecology: Differential Disruption, Community Strength, Out-linking Practices, and Preferred Online Platforms”.

- Under review: “#ISIS Twitter Fans’ Visual Narratives – Contextualising Profile Pictures”.

Conferences:

Terrorism and Social Media (TASM) Conference; 25-26 June 2019 in Swansea, Wales.

Presented paper based on my methodology chapter entitled “Determining the 'Stateness' of Islamic State According to their Video Propaganda”.

EUROPOL-European Counter-Terrorism Centre (ECTC) Advisory Network Conference, 9-10 April, 2019 in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Co-presented with Prof. Maura Conway paper entitled “Extremist Twitter Fans’ Visual Narratives: Contextualising #ISIS Supporters’ Profile Pictures”

VOX-Pol Conference – Violent Extremism, Terrorism, And The Internet: Present And Future Trends; 20-21, August 2018 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Co-presented with Prof. Maura Conway (DCU) and Dr. Suraj Lakhani (Uni. of Sussex) paper entitled “Mapping the Contemporary Jihadi Online Ecology: Differential Disruption, Community Strength, Out-linking Practices, and Preferred Online Platforms”in which we analysed and compared the activities of Hayyat Tahrir Al Sham (HTS), Ahrar Al Sham and Taliban accounts on Twitter

Terrorism And Social Media (TASM) Conference, hosted by CyberTerror Project (CTP) at Swansea University in June 2017 in Swansea, Wales.

Co-presented paper entitled “Disrupting Daesh: Measuring Takedown of Online Terrorist Material and its Impacts”. 

VOX-Pol’s Mid-Project Conference; 22-24 June, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.

Co-presented with Prof. Maura Conway (DCU) paper entitled "#ISIS Twitter Fans’ Visual Narratives – Contextualising Profile Pictures".

Guest Lectures:

Presented guest lecture entitled “Totalitarianism”at DCU to BA Economics, Politics & Law students on 24 October, 2018.

Presented guest lecture entitled “Terrorism & ISIS”at Dublin City University (DCU) to MA International Relations students on 30 October, 2018.

Presented guest lecture entitled “Maritime Security & Middle East” at Maynooth University to Irish Naval College cadets on 14 & 21 January, 2019.

Presented guest lecture entitled “Projection of Statehood by the Islamic State”at DCU to MA Security Studies students on 22 March, 2019.

Presented guest lecture entitled “Islamism”at DCU to BA Economics, Politics & Law students on 28 & 29 March, 2019.

Summer Schools and Workshops:

VOX-Pol Summer School: Topics in Violent Online Political Extremism. Organised by Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary from 4-9 July, 2016.

NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Terrorist Use of the Internet – Assessment and Response. Organised by Swansea University’s Cyberterrorism Project and VOX-Pol in Dublin, Ireland from 27-29 June, 2016.

Method52 Text Analytics Software Training Programme. Organised by the Department of Computing at the University of Sussex, Brighton, England, from 18-25 July, 2016.

PRIZES:

Presented a video I made based on my PhD research entitled "Was the Islamic State a State?" and won the runners-up prize at DCU Tell it Straight 2019 competition held on 27 March, 2019.

Email Address: khawaja.moinuddin2@mail.dcu.ie

Twitter: @MoignKhawaja

Personal Interests: Travelling, Football, Cooking, Movies.