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Washington Post: AJ Naddaff ’19 Profiles Struggle to Thwart ISIS in Kosovo

AJ Naddaff '19
AJ Naddaff '19

AJ Naddaff '19 recently covered the challenges of deradicalizing former ISIS recruits in Kosovo for the "Washington Post." The political science and Arab Studies double major spent two months in the eastern European nation on a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

A citizen of Belgium, Naddaff's interest in Kosovo began in 2016 when he read about ISIS taking root in the tiny, majority-Muslim nation in the "New York Times."

"I couldn't help but ponder whether Kosovo was moving in the same direction as Belgium with regard to polarization, terrorism, and international media attention," Naddaff wrote in a blog post earlier this year. "The article further reinforced the influence media has on molding stereotypes that can turn into our opinions. This country I knew barely anything about was now marked on my radar as a nest for terrorism."

Read Naddaff's story.