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Dr. Irm Haleem is Assistant Professor and Manager of Research and Publications at the International Center of Political Violence and Terrorism Research, at RSIS. Her research focuses on how notions of morality, necessity and self-defense, as well as desires for recognition (power), serve to legitimize, moralize, and thus normalize the use of violence. She is the author of the book, “The Essence of Islamist Extremism: Recognition through Violence, Freedom through Death”, which was published by Routledge (2012 hardcover, 2014 paperback). She has also authored articles which have appeared in Terrorism and Political Violence (TPV), Third World Quarterly (TWQ), and Perspectives on Terrorism (PT), amongst other publications. Dr. Haleem is a recipient of a one-year research grant (2015-2016) from the United States Air Force (USAF), Asian Office of Research and Development (AOARD), which was awarded towards the completion of her second book: “Death as Existence”. She is also a twice invited TEDx speaker: TEDxNTU (October 2017) and TEDxP&G (September 2018–upcoming). At TEDxNTU, Dr. Haleem spoke on ‘Love, Hope and Human Agency’, drawing upon arguments she forwards in her book “Death as Existence: Agency, Resistance, and the Essence of Being” (in-progress). Prior to joining RSIS-NTU, Dr. Haleem taught at Northeastern University (US), Seton Hall University (US), and Princeton University (US).
Areas of Expertise
- Conceptual Study of Violence
- Political Theory and Violence
- Radical Islamist Violence and Martyrdom
- Member of Board of Reviewers, Sociology and Anthropology (peer-reviewed journal).
- Founder & Editor-in-Chief, New Directions (an ICPVTR annual publication related to new approaches in understanding violence and terrorism).
- Reviewer for journals: Religions; Sociology and Anthropology; Terrorism and Political Violence; The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences.
- Deputy Coordinator of MSc (International Relations) Program
- RSIS Research Integrity Officer
- ICPVTR Manager (research & publications)
New Directions (ND)
20 July, 2016
- 2005: “Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia: Recruiting Grounds for Terrorism?” Democratic Development and Political Terrorism, William Crotty, ed., (Boston, MA: Northeastern University Press), pp. 121-146.
- 2008: “1,2,3…Coup! Of Violence, Incursions on Sovereignty and Recourses in Pakistan”, Perspectives on Terrorism, 2 (12).
- 2008: “Creating Frankensteins: The Taliban Movement of Pakistan”, Perspectives on Terrorism, 2 (5).
- 2004: “Micro Target, Macro Impact: The Resolution of the Kashmir Conflict as a Key to Shrinking Al-Qaeda’s International Terrorist Network”, Terrorism and Political Violence, 16(1), pp. 18-47.
- 2003: “Ethnic and Sectarian Violence and the Propensity towards Praetorianism in Pakistan”, Third World Quarterly, 24(3), pp. 463-477.
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