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NSA Alum and Professor Publish Article on Financial Sponsorship and Syrian War

October 5, 2017

NSA Professor Anne Marie Baylouny and U.S. Air Force Lt Col. Creighton Mullins, a former NSA student, have co-written an article just published in Studies in Conflict & Terrorism titled “Cash is King: Financial Sponsorship and Changing Priorities in the Syrian Civil War.” In the article, the authors consider what happens when foreign patrons provide lavish amounts of cash to rebels without mechanisms of accountability, and they analyze analyzes three major sources of funding and their micro-level effects on insurgent-groups in the Syrian civil war. Through this sponsorship, funders promote Islamist ideologies and regional issues over local issues.

A 2015 graduate, Mullins received the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) in May 2015. This isn’t the first co-authored article for Mullins. He also co-authored an article with the NSA Professor Mohammed Hafez in 2015, “The Radicalization Puzzle,” which explores radicalization of individuals in Western societies, also published in Studies in Conflict & Terrorism (read here). 

To read “Cash is King,” click here