Below, you will find a list of academics and journalists who have contributed to or other HSI projects.

Hisham Allam
Hisham Allam Hisham Allam is a coordinator and reporter/researcher for HSI in the Middle East and North Africa, based in Egypt. Allam has won numerous investigative reporting awards and is a controversial writer, producer, blogger and popular columnist.

John Færseth
John Færseth John Færseth is a Norwegian author and journalist. He has written the books Ukraina - landet på grensen, about the crisis in Ukraine, and KonspiraNorge, about conspiracy culture.

Christiaan Triebert
Christiaan Triebert Christiaan Triebert is a freelance journalist and photographer, specialised in open source investigation related to war and conflict. He contributes to the work of Bellingcat and Airwars, and has conducted fieldwork in Syria, Iraq, and Ukraine, among other regions. He is currently pursuing a MA at the War Studies Department of King’s College London, and holds undergraduate degrees in International Relations and Political Philosophy. Twitter: @trbrtc.

Cas Mudde
Cas Mudde Cas Mudde is a Dutch political scientist who focuses his studies on political extremism and populism in Europe. He has published a number of books, including Populist radical right parties in Europe.

Jason Pack
Jason Pack Jason Pack is the founder of, president of Libya-Analysis and the North Africa Analyst at Risk
. He holds an M.St. in Global and Imperial history from St. Antony’s College, Oxford University and is currently on a leave of absence from his position as a doctoral student at Cambridge University. His media output consists of over a hundred op-eds and news analysis articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Spectator, The Guardian, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and other top outlets in over fifteen countries.

Jason’s advisory work has consisted of frequent meetings with the MoD, FCO, DoD, State Department, NATO and the UN.

Kristian A. Bjørkelo
Kristian A. Bjørkelo Kristian A. Bjørkelo is a Norwegian folklorist. He writes on Internet culture, Internet folklore and on extremism, and has edited a book about blogging, Gi meg en scene! Norsk blogghistorie (Humanist forlag, 2013).

Christopher Anzalone
Christopher Anzalone Christopher Anzalone is a Research Fellow with the International Security Program at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a PhD candidate (ABD) in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies at McGill University.  He has published widely on Al-Shabab and other Islamist militant groups including Al-Qaeda and its regional affiliates, Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan, Shi’ite militias in Syria and Iraq, and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.  He has also consulted for the U.S., Canadian, and British governments and has been interviewed by news outlets including the BBC, The Telegraph, The Washington Times, the CBC, PBS, NPR, Al-Jazeera English, Reuters, and the Associated Press.  

Magnus Sandelin Magnus Sandelin is a Swedish journalist and author of the book Jihad: Svenskarna i de islamistiske terrornätverken (Jihad: The Swedes in the Islamic Terror Networks).

James Roslington
James Roslington James Roslington has a PhD on modern North African history from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities in 2014.

Audhild Skoglund
Audhild Skoglund Audhild Skoglund is a Norwegian folklorist, author and journalist. She has authored the books Jakten på en indre gud (1999), Sekter (2011) and Sinte hvite menn. De ensomme ulvenes terror (2013). Sinte hvite menn focuses on lone wolf terrorists, including Timothy McVeigh, John Ausonius, Ted Kaczynski and Anders Behring Breivik. (Photo: Thomas Wold)

Sinan Adnan Sinan Adnan is an analyst and researcher focused on Iraq. He currently works at a US-based firm providing research on Iraq in support of USG-personnel. Between 2013 and 2015, he worked at the DC-based think tank, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) where he published many analytical articles and research papers on Iraq’s security and political sectors. Sinan has served in the US-military in Kuwait where he worked with Kuwaiti and US officials and has also worked closely with Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) while working as a local interpreter in support of the US. Military in Iraq."

J. M. Berger J.M. Berger is a fellow with George Washington University's Program on Extremism. He is a researcher, analyst and consultant, with a special focus on extremist activities in the U.S. and use of social media.

Matthew Feldman
Matthew Feldman Matthew Feldman is a Professor in Contemporary History at Teesside University. He has held research fellowships at the universities of Oxford, Birmingham and Northampton, and he is currently a Senior Researcher with the Modernism and Christianity project at the University of Bergen, Norway. Among other undertakings, he writes on varieties of radical right extremism since the 20th century. His most recent books include Ezra Pound’s Fascist Propaganda, 1935-1945 (Palgrave, 2013) and the edited collection Doublespeak: The Rhetoric of the Far Right Since 1945 (Ibidem-Verlag, 2014).

Nenad Zivanovski
Nenad Zivanovski Nenad Zivanovski (see CV) is a Macedonian journalist, blogger and columnist. He has a BA in journalism, an MA in European Studies and a PhD in hate speech studies.

His academic and professional interests include hate speech in the Balkans, critical analysis of discourse, and analysis of media and journalism from theoretical and empirical vantage points. His works include the book Езикът на омразата, for which he received the Union of Bulgarian Journalists' 2016 documentary book award.

Oula Silvennoinen Oula Silvennoinen is an adjunct professor of European history at the University of Helsinki. He earned his PhD in 2008 with a work (Salaiset aseveljet; translated into German as Geheime Waffenbrüderschaft, 2010) exploring the unknown co-operation between the Finnish and German security police in 1933-1944. Other research interests include the history of policing, radical nationalism and the history of the Holocaust. His most recent work, together with Marko Tikka and Aapo Roselius, is Suomalaiset fasistit (Fascism in Finland: Heralds of the Black Dawn, Helsinki: WSOY 2016). He currently blogs at and tweets at @oula_silver

Ciwat Maksut Can
Ciwat Maksut Can Ciwan Maksut Can has a bachelors degree in international studies from Høgskolen i Lillehammer, and a masters degree in international studies from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. In addition to Norwegian, English and fluent Turkish, Ciwan also speaks Kurdish and is currently learning Chinese (mandarin).

Ciwans main fields of interest are international relations, foreign, defence and security policy, geopolitics and political/economic processes in the Middle East and North Africa region. Ciwan also have interest and solid knowledge on issues related to the BRICS, great power politics, China-Africa relations, and Chinese foreign policy. 

Rao Komar
Rao Komar Rao Komar is a student at the University of Texas at Austin. He is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Arabic and International Relations/Global Studies. He conducts analysis of conflicts and non-state actors in the Middle East and South/Central Asia using open-source methods. Other than appearing on Bellingcat, his work has been referred to by Foreign Policy. When he’s not writing, researching, or pursuing his studies he enjoys mountain climbing and hiking. @RaoKomar747 on Twitter.