Amal Abu-Bakare is a Canadian Ph.D. student based at Aberystwyth University in Wales. Amal’s research project focuses on the theorized existence of a racial world order, wherein global efforts to combat terrorism hypothetically reside. It is a comparative study of UK and Canadian counterterrorism policy. Her interest lies with examining the politicized existence of the ‘racial Muslim’ and how counterterrorism debates address the marginalization of people of colour as intersecting categories of difference and othering.
Abu-Bakare is currently investigating counterterrorism approaches pursued by the state (i.e. government, civil society, public servants, etc.), the discourse surrounding counterterrorism, and the effects of counterterrorism for peoples of differing ethnicities, genders, and religions.
As a doctoral candidate, her previous work has focused on International Relations Theory, Middle-Eastern Regionalism, and Security Studies. Her previous educational training has allowed her to specialize in postcolonial and decolonial theory and qualitative and interpretative research methods. The aim of her research is to inform counterterrorism policy actors about how counterterrorism policies might have consequences that reinforce, rather than ameliorating structures societally divisive structures or practices. It is her hope that such inquiries hold the key to more equitable and humanized strategies of addressing terrorism, both domestically and abroad.