Anurag Sharma has completed MPhil in Politics and International Relations on 'International Security' at the Dublin City University in Ireland, in 2018. His thesis is titled as “The Islamic State Foreign Fighter Phenomenon and the Jihadi Threat to India”. Anurag’s main research interests are terrorism and the Internet, Cybersecurity, Countering Violent Extremism/Online (CVE), Radicalisation, Counter-terrorism and Foreign (Terrorist) Fighters.

Prior to joining the Vivekananda International Foundation, Anurag was employed as a Research Assistant at Institute for Conflict Management. As International affiliations, he is a Junior Researcher at TSAS (The Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security, And Society) in Canada; and an Affiliate Member with AVERT (Addressing Violent Extremism and Radicalisation to Terrorism) Research Network in Australia.

Anurag Sharma has an MSc in Information Security and Computer Crime, major in Computer Forensic from University of Glamorgan (now University of South Wales) in United Kingdom and has an online certificate in ‘Terrorism and Counterterrorism’ from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and an online certificate in ‘Understanding Terrorism and the Terrorist Threat’ from the University of Maryland, the United States.

Contributions 
International Security: Review of 2020 & Projections for 2021 The year 2020 shall be recorded as an unprecedented year in the modern history of humankind. The outbreak of China-origin Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) has eclipsed the events in global security. On one side, the spread of coronavirus enforced...

France & Austria Terror Attacks 2020: The Looming Shadow of Islamic Terrorism over Europe “We [EU Member States] reiterate that terrorism, radicalisation, recruitment and financing related to terrorism are main common threats to the internal security of the EU”. The 2015 Riga Joint Statemen...

Xinjiang: China’s Playground for Repressing Uyghurs “Great crimes feed on great silences. And the Uyghur today have fallen into a kind of black hole”.1 - Dilnur Reyhan, President of the European Uyghur Institute The quote is a part of an...

Twin Bombings in the Philippines: Abu Sayyaf Group is “Back in Game” In the 2019 Global Terrorism Index report published by the Institute for Economics and Peace, Philippines moved up a rank at ninth (9th) position among top 10 countries impacted by the act of terrorism. However, the data depicts a decline of 1...

Pakistan Stock Exchange Attack— BLA’s Thwarted Attempt “You can't keep snakes in your backyard and expect them only to bite your neighbours. You know, eventually, those snakes are going to turn on whoever has them in the backyard.”1 ...

Book Published / Book Reviews 
What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Enemy, Containing the Threat by Prof Louise Richardson, Publishers: Random House/New York, 2006, USD 25.95 Professor Louise Richardson’s book “What Terrorists Want” is one of the primers on the study of terrorism. The book is organised in two parts— 1) The Terrorists, consists of five chapters and 2) The Counter terrorists which consists of...

Issue Briefs 
The Curious Case of Huawei China’s journey from being an agrarian economy to one of the largest economies with a strong military and cyber capabilities is commendable. However, its military and cyber capabilities are built upon relentless efforts to steal critical military a...

Jammu and Kashmir Security Review 2018 -What lies ahead? … continuing Pakistani support to the militants groups, terrorism in the Kashmir Valley is unlikely vanish anytime soon … however the support system to anti-India activities in the Valley is being continuously degraded … welfare and development...

Event Reports 
Vimarsh on India's Digital Leap by Shri Ram Sewak Sharma, Former Chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India India’s economic growth is accelerating at a steady pace with a glimpse of its true potential to become the world’s fastest-growing economy soon. In 2019, India ranked as the second-largest online market, after China. According to data by Stat...

Chinese Data Collection- Domestically and Internationally - A talk by Professor Christopher Balding Several reports—news media and research, has highlighted the Chinese government’s engagement in data collection at a massive scale across multiple domains, for various purposes—including enhancing State security/surveillance. For a better and i...

Islamic State: A Game Changer International Terrorism a talk by Mayank Sharma The Islamic State (hereafter IS)/Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)/Daesh is a transnational terrorist organisation which is based on the ideology of fundamentalism and Salafism teachings of Islam towards the creation and establishment of the Cal...

Second BIMSTEC Think Tanks Conference at the Vivekananda International Foundation On 27-28 November 2019, the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) hosted the Second Edition of the BIMSTEC Think-Tanks Conference in New Delhi. The BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) is a reg...

Homeland Security Conference 2019, on ‘Innovation led Cyber Security Management’, Jointly Organised by the VIF and the FICCI, 22-23 August 2019, New Delhi The ‘Homeland Security Conference 2019 on ‘Innovation led Cyber Security Management’ was the 3rd edition, jointly organised by the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), and the FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry...

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