Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies
Dr. Michael Zekulin received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Calgary in 2012. He remains at the University of Calgary where he lectures in the department of Political Science on issues related to international relations, international security and terrorism. He is also a research fellow at the Calgary Centre for Military and Strategic Studies (CMSS) as well as a Senior Research Affiliate at the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS). Zekulin has published articles in Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Journal of Military and Strategic Studies and Defense and Security Analysis and makes regular media appearances on networks including BBC, CBC, CNN, CTV and Radio-Canada to comment on terrorism and security related issues. He has written policy papers for The Canadian Defense and Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI) and has contributed several op-eds for major newspapers. He continues to work with various organizations including the Calgary Police Services, and RCMP INSET team.
His dissertation work focused on first generation Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorist incidents in Madrid, London, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne leading to a growing interest in radicalization. His current research interests include all forms of terrorism including international, domestic, single-issue and Islamist-inspired homegrown but he also investigates radicalization, counter-radicalization strategies, and anti-terror legislation. More recently this research has shifted to investigate the impact that counter-terror and counter-radicalization policies might have on Canadian society and identity as a whole. To this end he is investigating two specific issues in counter-radicalization. The first examines how various stakeholders involved in developing counter-radicalization strategies understand the threat, challenges and solutions and whether they share similar perspectives on these and other components. This will then be used in an effort to determine the likelihood of meaningful or successful policies and their effectiveness. A second projects examines whether or not opportunities to participate in the political process impact individual?s decisions to pursue violence. The literature suggests that this may be the case but does not identify whether these ideas apply to the current phenomenon of radicalization among Westerners.