Now with Reshmi Nair, CBC

Nikita Malik, Researcher at Quilliam, talks to CBC about the need for stronger female role models in the effort to dissuade young girls from travelling to Syria and Iraq to join groups such as ISIS. In the discussion, Nikita also mentions how the radicalisation process and why it is that young girls are attracted to playing a part in Islamic States’ state building exercises, and why the reality on the ground doesn’t reflect their idea of the newly established ‘Caliphate’.


Left Foot Forward

Gone girls: why British teenagers are attracted to Islamic State

Yes, the appeal of joining the global jihad and an ‘Islamic utopia’ is conflated with a sense of adventure in social media. But social media is not enough to turn young women into radicals. Jihadism is accessible to men and women, albeit with different roles, and radicalisation is a process rather than a switch.

For young girls, this process stems from two elements. The first is a ‘push’ factor, in that girls feel they do not fit into the societies they live in, and are not understood by their families or by the religion they are supposed to practise. The idea of waging jihad in the Middle East gives these individuals an increased sense of agency, writes Nikita Malik for Left Foot Forward.

Sky News at 7

Nikita Malik was on Sky News at 7 to discuss the appeal of the Islamic State for female jihadists, on behalf of the Quilliam Foundation.



Malik was live on CNN’s New Day to discuss the rise of IS fighters and the circumstances behind Kayla Mueller’s death.



Channel NewsAsia

Malik joined Singapore-based international TV news network Channel NewsAsia to discuss the motives that drive the indiscriminate savagery of the ISIS.

ITV News

Malik was on ITV News at 6 to discuss the mayor of London’s recent statements that all jihadist fighters are sexually frustrated porn addicts.

Voice of the Cape

Nikita Malik was on the after five interview on the Drivetime Show, in conversation with Shafiq Morton. The radio show is aired in South Africa. Malik discusses the Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasabeh who was burned to death in an IS video.

View the episode here.

Left Foot Forward

Increased surveillance alone will not stop terrorism

While law enforcement should have the appropriate tools to investigate, disrupt and prosecute cyber criminals, it is equally important to couple current and future regulation on surveillance with monitoring the use of the Internet by IS and other extremist organisations to spread unwanted and potentially dangerous ideologies and narratives internationally.

Recent comments by ex-MI5 chief Eliza Manningham-Buller that Blair’s anti-jihadist program has failed reveal that counter-radicalisation has to be led by both moderate Muslims and the state. Quilliam’s focus on challenging extremism of all kinds recognises that the shape of terrorism is less important than its component roots, writes Nikita Malik for Left Foot Forward.

Read the full article here.

The Huffington Post

One Step Behind: Understanding the Shape of Terrorism

Government responses to terrorist tactics have focused mainly on type of suicide attack. Terrorist attacks on airports, for example, have been met with policy responses focusing on increasing flying security regulations and screenings. Responses to the 7th July London bombings concentrated on monitoring devices, homemade bombs, and tracking personal belongings, as well as amplified frisking and on-the-spot searches. Responses by governments, therefore, have fixated on addressing the effects of the attack, rather than the cause. Comments by Andrew Parker, head of the MI5 in the United Kingdom, warned that there is a growing gap between an increasing threat of terrorism and a decreasing availability of capabilities to address it. Across the globe, responses have prioritized information and intelligence in relation to breakouts or terrorist plots. India’s reaction to its 2008 attacks, for example, included an increased demand for self-defense, with private security firms pushing for the right to be armed. It is important in the long-term, however, to focus on challenging Islamist extremism as an ideology to increase our overall capabilities in addressing any threat of terrorist violence, writes Nikita Malik for The Huffington Post.

Read the full article here.