YPN Current Affiliation: 
The George Washington University's Program on Extremism
YPN Biography: 

Bennett Clifford is a research fellow at The George Washington University’s Program on Extremism.  His research interests include terrorism, non-state actors, and the strategies used by violent extremist organizations to recruit and mobilize supporters. In particular, Bennett’s research focuses on regional focuses on the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Balkans. His written work on Russian, Georgian, and Bosnian-speaking foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq has been published in several regional journals and international outlets, most recently in The Atlantic.

Bennett is a graduate of Wake Forest University, where he received a B.A. in politics and international affairs. Prior to taking his current position, Bennett lived in Tbilisi, Georgia and worked for the Caucasus Research Resource Center (CRRC)-Georgia and the Peace and Integration Programme at Caucasian House. In addition to English, Bennett speaks Spanish, Georgian, and Russian with varying degrees of proficiency. He is also an aficionado of the cuisine of the Georgian region of Samegrelo.


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