Michael Shkolnik is the 2015-16 Cadieux-Léger Fellow at the Department of Global Affairs Canada (GAC), focusing on issues related to counterterrorism, insurgency, and strategic foresight. Michael is also a PhD student at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. His current doctoral research focuses on why some militant groups evolve into full-blown insurgent organizations while other similar groups do not.
Michael is a consultant with a private Washington D.C. based counterterrorism institute, a research coordinator for the Canadian Centre of Intelligence and Security Studies (CCISS), and serves as the Intelligence and National Security editor for iAffairs Canada. In the past, Michael worked on TSAS’ The Future of Terrorism Project funded by the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP), focusing on terrorist technological adoption and use of UAVs. He also helped work on the Canadian Incident Database (CIDB) and was the Security and Defence Officer for United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) on behalf of a Department of National Defence (DND) fellowship.
While completing a graduate degree in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security, Michael worked with two prestigious national security institutes in Israel: the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) and the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS). Throughout Michael’s career, he has been responsible for briefing senior defence officials and policymakers. He speaks Russian, Hebrew, and elementary Arabic.