Research interests include radicalization, de-radicalization, violent extremism, child soldiering, Middle-Eastern conflict, and policy analysis.
Peer-reviewed paper publications:
Research Note on Immigrant Youth Radicalization and Terrorism: Pre and post-migration Considerations
Ahmad, H., & Masinda, M. T. (2018). Research Note on Immigrant Youth Radicalization and Terrorism: Pre and post-migration Considerations. Journal for Deradicalization, Winter(17).
Youth Deradicalization: A Canadian Framework
Ahmad, H. (2017). Youth De-Radicalization: A Canadian Framework. Journal for Deradicalization, Vol Fall, Iss 12, Pp 119-168 (2017), (12), 119.
Conference paper presentations:
Youth Deradicalization: Best Practices: Pathways to Resilience Conference IV in June 2017, Cape Town, South Africa.
Conference link: https://ptriv.sched.com/haval099
Haval Ahmad is a PhD candidate in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University in Aberystwyth, Wales. His current research aims to create a framework for youth rehabilitation and de-radicalization in the post-ISIS era. Through a mixed methods approach, Ahmad is investigating the factors contributing to successful de-radicalization from extremist groups and to ensure an end to the cycle of violence and trauma among radicalized children and youth.
Ahmad is also a Research Affiliate with the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security, and Society (TSAS). In his lastest research project, Ahmad used qualitative methods to research youth de-radicalization in Canada. This research was published in the Journal of Deradicalization in fall of 2017. He also presented these findings in Cape Town, South Africa at the Pathways to Resilience Conference IV in June 2017. More recently, Haval co-authored a theoretical paper on pre- and post-migration experiences of youth radicalization with Dr. Mambo Masinda. This paper was also was published on December 27, 2018 in the Journal of Deradicalization.
Beside his PhD research, Haval is currently working on a paper with Dr. Kenneth Christie. The paper provides a comparative analysis on deradicalization approaches between European states in the context of human security.
Haval holds a diploma in Child and Youth Care Counselling from Douglas College, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Justice Studies through Royal Roads University, and a Master of Arts Degree in Human Security and Peacebuilding through Royal Roads University. In addition, Ahmad also has extensive training in youth and child crisis intervention and applies this knowledge to research conducted.
Ahmad frequently appeared on CBC and other Canadian news outlets to provide analysis and commentary on the refugee crisis and the role of Canadian schools in integrating refugee students.