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Madeleine Nyst

Former Research Intern

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Madeleine Nyst joined ASPI in January 2017. She is currently working on a project that looks at the organisation of people smuggling networks globally. Madeleine is interested in the ways in which gendered jihadi narratives motivate and enfranchise and how they combine with everyday experiences of living and politics. Her recent thesis was entitled ‘If Men were Men, then Women Would be Women: Understanding the Role of Gender in the Recruitment and Appeal of ISIS Within Muslim Immigrant Communities’. Other research interests include counterterrorism, countering violent extremism and the study of religiously motivated, violent groups. 

Prior to joining ASPI she worked on the government advisory team at Portland Communications in London. She was also a research intern for the Institute for Islamic Strategic Affairs, working in the Neo-jihadism and Transitional Challenges programme and focusing on Libya, Syria and Yemen. Madeleine holds a BA in History and Asian Studies from the University of Queensland, Australia where she focused on Islamic political culture in the Middle East and South East Asia. She has also recently graduated with an MSc in Middle Eastern Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (London University) where she focused on women’s involvement in violent religious politics.