Aidan Winn

Aidan Winn, Center for Terrorism and Security Studies

Research Associate

Research Interest

Counterinsurgency, amnesty and defection programs, terrorism and radical movements , reconciliation and reintegration after conflict, intelligence policy, security assistance and capacity-building

Educational Background

PhD Candidate, War Studies, Kings College London 
MA, International Affairs, Carleton University 
BA, History & Philosophy, McMaster University


Aidan Winn is a Research Associate at the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies and an adjunct instructor in the department of Criminology and Justice Studies at University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the War Studies Department at King's College London studying the utility of amnesty and defection programs in counterinsurgency. 
From 2008 to 2011 Ms. Winn was a project associate at RAND conducting research for a wide variety of defense and intelligence studies, including analyzing efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan to develop host nation capabilities for gathering and exploiting counterinsurgency (COIN) intelligence. Prior to joining RAND, she was associate director of National Security Studies and Analysis at Hicks and Associates, Inc  (a subsidiary of SAIC), where she led studies on mass-casualty response preparedness, nuclear deterrence assessment, adversary profiling and the use of new media for strategic communication purposes. From 2004-2006 she was a research associate in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies where she managed the Transatlantic Dialogue on Terrorism, an effort to promote an open and timely discourse between counterterrorism experts from across the United States and Europe.
Her research and commentary has appeared in publications including the Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, Christian Science Monitor, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Washington Times, World Politics Review, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and Parameters.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles / Book Chapters: 
• “Growing Strategic Leaders for Future Conflict” with Barak Salmoni, Renny McPherson and Jessica Hart. Parameters, Spring 2010. 
• “ 2.0: The New Social Media and the Changing Dynamics of Mass Persuasion” with Vera Zakem in ed. James Forest, INFLUENCE WARFARE: How Terrorists and Governments Fight to Shape Perceptions in a War of Ideas (Praeger Security International, May 2009). 
• “Domestic Intelligence Agencies after September 11: How Five Nations Have Grappled with the Evolving Threat,” in Brian Jackson ed. Considering the Creation of a Domestic Intelligence Agency in the United States Lessons from the Experiences of Australia, Canada, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, RAND, February 2009. 
• “The London Bombers as ‘Self-Starters’: A Case Study in Indigenous Radicalization and the Emergence of Autonomous Cliques,”, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, May 2007. 

• “In Afghanistan, Time to Step Up Taliban Reintegration” World Politics Review, June 8, 2011 
• “Can Gitmo’s Terrorists Be Rehabilitated?” Christian Science Monitor, June 29, 2009. 
• “Pakistan’s Theater of Jihad,” World Politics Review, February 13, 2008. 
• “Toward the Far Enemy: N. Africa’s GSPC Joins the Global Network” World Politics Review, April 18, 2007.
• “British Plot Highlights Evolution of Terror Tactics in the West,” World Politics Review, February 9, 2007. 
• “Al-Qaida's Branding Strategy a Threatening Trend,” World Politics Review, October 17, 2006. 
• ‘The Evolving Threat’ with Daniel Benjamin in Five Years After 9/11, CSIS, September 2006. 
• “Home-grown terrorism” with Shawn Brimley, Boston Globe, June 8, 2006. 
• “Two-way Trail of Terror” with Shawn Brimley, Baltimore Sun, October 25, 2005. 
•“Al Qaeda’s Virtual Sanctuary” with Shawn Brimley, Toronto Star, August 23, 2005.