WHO AM I?
The Question is: is it even important ?
I guess not...
Who I am is not important, and I don't want to exalt
myself or my work, I am just a common man you probably would
never know. Just another guy next door or just that person in
the street you prefer to ignore. So, as a person I am not
important but I do believe my research is...
My research and studies are primarily based on criminological
terrorism studies. My interests are in the following fields and
again, I do believe the projects I am working are beneficial to
everyone in many ways.
• Criminological Research
• Terrorism Studies
• Religion and Religious Terrorism
I am currently working on a few projects on religious
terrorism and the law enforcement strategies. Which includes
developing a manual for hostage negotiators in dealing with
Those who are interested in
criminology, police science, and criminological research
please remember to visit my site
Psychology is another field of interest
forensic psychology and PTSD, I worked a
number of institutions horning my experience with people who
have post traumatic stress disorder. Originally it was a minor
interest of mine, as I was trying to find a relation between
episodic dyscontrol and violent criminality. During my studies, I came
across a few PTSD cases and was interested more as a human being
than a criminologist. PTSD cases, most of
them, I came across were tragic and life changing. Those
experiences are the reason for choosing Seneca's great words, "Ubicumque
homo est, ibi beneficio locus est" for this page.
My Studies in Psychology and Criminology are primarily
based on interrogation of criminals and terrorists, hostage
negotiation, religious terrorism, post traumatic stress
disorder, and ethnicity. Law Enforcement support is
another field of interest where formulating strategies for
law enforcement and counter terrorism agencies are the main
area of my research.
In 2006 my studies experienced a sudden shift from
criminology, especially from violent crime to transnational
crime then to terrorism research, thanks to my mentor Paul
Wilkinson. Prof. Wilkinson was one of the pioneers in
terrorism studies, some even consider him as the father of
terrorism studies. He successfully transplanted my interests
from violent crime research to terrorism.
My original plan was a combined research in Violent Crime Apprehension
Program (ViCAP) and Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System (ViCLAS).
The former was developed by FBI (USA) and the later was
designed by RCMP (Canada). ViCAP is known for its invaluable
use in identifying and tracking serial killers and felons.
ViCLAS is now used by homicide investigators in Australia,
Austria, China, Sweden and even several states in USA. Note
that, at the same time, ViCAP had not been adopted by many
police forces in USA. According to David Cavanaugh, a ViCAP
expert at Harvard University noted, "The Canadians...have
taken a good American idea and transformed it into the best
in the world."
As you can see this is not exactly my résumé just a brief
overview on my studies and career path. I prefer to listen
your views. Remember to visit my blog
as well, for discussions and views.
Short Walk to the Past
Ubicumque homo est, ibi
beneficio locus est is from Thyestes, CCXIV
of Seneca (54 BC – 37 AD) meaning - wherever there is a
human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.
Prof. Paul Wilkinson guided me from
University of Dundee to University of Aberdeen to pursue a
career in terrorism research. As he was retiring from St.
Andrews he couldn't take me under his wings, however, he was a
guide, mentor and a father figure in my life as a
and a Legend
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less
travelled by, and that has made all the difference -
Though I always felt that he was a bit worried about my
research into religious terrorism, which he once told me that
it will not be a path wise man would tread, yet he himself was never keen on
taking a path others would travel. In his book Political
Terrorism he boldly asserted that it is extraordinarily
difficult for terrorist to predict the psychological reactions
of that sector of population which they regard as their
'audience.' He approached the field of terrorism with his own
unique perspective which is why many would consider him as the
father of terrorism studies.
Quite often he advised me that without proper and expert Supervisorial
support research in religious terrorism can be a double edge
sword which might be more harmful when it comes to controversy
and sensitivity. How right he was.. .!!
There I was and here I am, still battling dragons of political
correctness, controversies, and vested interests that would
devour academic freedom, justice and the values we would bleed
for. Well, this is, after all a voyage for a beginning. There
are dark clouds, lightning and thunderstorm, but as As John
Augustus Shedd said, "A ship is safe in the harbour, but it is
not built for that."