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Founded in April 2010, AALIMS reached a milestone at its third anniversary. As a sign of becoming an established organization, we have experienced our first “change of the guard.” 

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Mara Revkin

Web Page: https://mararevkin.wordpress.com/

Mara Revkin is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Yale University, where her research focuses on governance and lawmaking by armed groups. Her dissertation examines variation in civilian cooperation with and resistance against rebel governance through multi-method data collection on the case of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria. Her work draws upon analysis of archival documents, social media data, surveys, and interviews conducted during extensive fieldwork in Turkey and Iraq. Mara holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was an Islamic Law & Civilization Research Fellow in 2016-2017, and her legal scholarship focuses on the treatment of civilians who have lived in areas controlled and governed by armed groups under international humanitarian law and domestic material support laws. She has served as the lead researcher on Iraq and Syria for two projects on (1) child recruitment by armed groups and (2) post-IS transitional justice implemented by United Nations University, the research wing of the UN system.

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