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 
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 ...

Kashmir: Another one Bites the Dust—HM Commander Naikoo Eliminated The pandemic of COVID-19 may have halted or transformed the way of carrying out activities around the world, but nothing has changed in India’s counter-terrorism operations in the Kashmir Valley. These remain very robust and strongly driven by accu...

Lockdown Scenario- A Golden Opportunity for Cyber Criminals “Anyone who thinks that security products alone offer true security is settling for the illusion of security.”1 - Kevin D Mitnick The emergence of Coronavirus (hereafter COVID-19) and its rapid spread has em...

Islamic State Attack on Kabul Gurdwara Raises Several Questions Amid the ongoing global panic caused by Coronavirus (aka Covid-19), the Sikh and Hindu communities in Kabul were subjected to the mortifying experience of the killing of their loved ones, not from Covid-19 pandemic, but the “ugly monster” of terr...

The United Kingdom Hit by another Islamist Extremism Inspired Terror Attack The knife terror attack on 02 February 2020 in Streatham High Road in London, United Kingdom (UK) brought back memories of a similar terror incident on the streets of London on 29 November 2019 in which a Pakistan-origin British national—Usman Khan...

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 
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 
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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