Antonia Ward

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M.A. (Hons) in modern history and international relations, University of St Andrews; M.Litt. in terrorism and political violence, Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St Andrews


Antonia Ward is an analyst in the Defence, Security and Infrastructure team at RAND Europe. She holds an M.A. (Hons) degree in modern history and international relations from the University of St Andrews. In 2016 she was awarded the Dr Haruhisa Handa Bursary to embark upon her M.Litt. in terrorism and political violence at the University of St Andrews Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV). During this time she spent a semester abroad at Georgetown University's Edmund A Walsh School of Foreign Service in the Security Studies Programme. She holds an M.Litt. with distinction and her research interests include counterterrorism, counter violent extremism (CVE), intelligence and cybersecurity.


  • A member of al Qaeda's Nusra Front near Idlib, Syria, December 2, 2014

    Do Terrorist Groups Really Die? A Warning

    The persistence of al Qaeda and ISIS underscores terrorist groups' adaptability in the 21st century. Both organizations maintain global, regional, and local influence in the face of immense pressure. As terrorist groups fall, the West should watch them closely to prevent a resurgence.

    Apr 9, 2018 Georgetown Security Studies Review

  • The flag outside the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands

    Terrorism on Trial: The Problem of Prosecuting International Jihadists

    The International Criminal Court may be the most ideal institution to try accused terrorists. The court would take into account the legal status of terrorists, the nationalities of their victims, and the location of the crimes — while upholding the core values of Western democracies.

    Mar 9, 2018 Georgetown Security Studies Review

  • British mother Tareena Shakil, who took her 14-month-old son to Syria to join ISIS fighters, was jailed for six years on February 1, 2016

    It's Complicated: Not All Returning 'Jihadi Brides' Are Dangerous

    Since the fall of the ISIS caliphate in late 2017, Western societies have expressed concern about the possibility of returning foreign fighters. It is not just returning men that worry governments. The prospect of women, known as “jihadi brides,” returning to the West, often with children born under ISIS rule, is also a potential problem.

    Feb 28, 2018 The National Interest

  • Shiny gold Bitcoin coin with gun on black background

    Bitcoin and the Dark Web: The New Terrorist Threat?

    Bitcoin has become the prominent currency of the dark web, which is often used to buy illegal goods, such as weapons and drugs. Anecdotal evidence suggests terrorists are using cryptocurrency and the dark web, but further investigation is needed.

    Jan 22, 2018 Georgetown University Security Studies Review

  • Somali fighters belonging to Ahlusunah warjama, a moderate sect fighting against the hardline Al-Shabaab insurgents, display weapons during a parade in Mogadishu, July 31, 2010

    Why Africa Could Provide an 'ISIS Renaissance'

    ISIS has been one of the most formidable and well-organized terrorist groups in history and it would be naive to assume that ISIS will simply cease operations in the face of recent losses. More likely, the group, along with its many followers, will attempt to disperse to a new base, and parts of Africa are likely targets for a new caliphate.

    Nov 15, 2017 The National Interest

  • Syrian Democratic Forces fighters ride atop of military vehicle as they celebrate victory in Raqqa, Syria, October 17, 2017

    Why the Fall of the 'Caliphate' in Syria Will Not Ease Western Security Concerns

    A Syria and Iraq free of ISIS do not, unfortunately, free the West from the ISIS threat. Instead, ISIS is likely to either disperse, with its followers prepared to carry out a range of further attacks, or attempt to regroup in the fragile states of Africa.

    Nov 3, 2017 Georgetown Security Studies Review