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Craig Albert

Director of the Master of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies

Augusta, GA, US

Dr. Craig Albert is a leading expert on war, terrorism and American politics and has testified to the U.S. Congress on Islamic Extremism.

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Biography

Albert is the director of the Master of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies and an assistant professor of political science at Augusta University. He received his PhD in international relations and American politics from the University of Connecticut in 2009. His research interests include ethnic conflict and terrorism, theology and modern politics, and political science education. His work has been published in journals including Politics, East European Politics, Iran and the Caucasus, and Journal of Political Science Education. He co-founded and directs Augusta University's Model United Nations Program and teaches courses on American politics, security studies and political philosophy, as well as topics of special interest, including zombies and international relations, hip hop and politics, and James Bond and terrorism. Albert is serving as the president of Georgia Political Science Association and is a political opinion contributor to The Augusta Chronicle.

Areas of Expertise

Ethnic ConflictTerrorismPolitical ScienceNational Security

Affiliations

  • Georgia Political Science Association: President
  • Georgia Political Science Association: Teaching and Learning Coordinator
  • Georgia Political Science Association: Board of Directors
  • Model United Nations Program at Augusta University: Director
  • Knights of Columbus: Youth Spiritual Counselor
  • Knights of Columbus: Lecturer

Media Appearances

Boston suspects "lone wolf" extremists?

Fox News  tv

2013-04-19

Fox News host Megyn Kelly interviews political scientist Craig Albert about the Boston Marathon suspects.

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Young Americans prepare to vote

CTV Canada  tv

2016-11-08

Dr. Craig Albert discusses the importance of the millennial vote for the 2016 presidential election.

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Terror na Catalunha

Revista Veja  print

2017-08-19

Terrorist attacks like the ones that recently happened in Spain's Catalonia Region are a result of ISIS losing ground in Syria and Iraq, Dr. Craig Albert, associate professor of political science, told Veja, Latin America's largest news magazine with more than 1 million subscribers. "There is a new strategy, launched about 10 months ago, that has gained track recently. The more they lose territory in Iraq and Syria, the more they ask foreign militants to stay in their countries and commit acts of terrorism there instead of joining them abroad," Albert said.

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Many millennials remain undecided as Election Day approaches

KMVT11  

2016-09-28

"I would not be surprised at all if they're disengaged from this debate," said AU Political Science Professor, Dr. Craig Albert.

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President Trump's visit to the Middle East

Gulan Mydia  online

2017-06-06

Dr. Craig Albert discusses the meaning behind President Trump's visit to the Middle East. The interview was published by Gulan Mydia, a Kurdish media organization.

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Local political science experts weigh in on the Presidential debate

wrdw12  online

2016-09-27

When it came the first presidential debate, two local political science professors said the candidates said a lot, without getting very deep into these issues.

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Can ISIS ever be defeated?

WJBF  tv

2016-06-20

The massacre on a Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, was carried out in the name of ISIS. While the FBI believes the “mission” was not orchestrated by the extremist group itself, it is still one of many carried out in the name of the radical Islamic sect. Political scientist Craig Albert joined “The Means Report” to offer his expertise on ISIS and terrorism and to address whether stricter gun laws will help protect U.S. citizens.

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Richmond, Columbia counties inch toward 100K registered voters ahead of Election Day

WJBF  

2016-09-27

Craig Albert, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Augusta University, told NewsChannel 6, “People that are on the fence about for whom to vote or whether to vote at all, neither candidate is appealing to them at all.”

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Digging deeper: How can we stay safe in the aftermath of violence such as the Orlando shooting?

WJBF  

2016-06-15

Political scientist Craig Albert addressed the divide in our country, as some call the gun control issue (after shootings like this) a distraction, believing the underlying problem here is Islamic terrorism. Dr. Albert also describes how ISIS targets recruits and quickly radicalizes people.

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Augusta University Professor Breaks Down Brussels Attacks

WJBF  

2016-03-22

An Augusta University professor sat down with News Channel 6 about the terrorist attacks ISIS claimed responsibility for in Belgium. Craig Albert, a local terrorism expert said the deadly incident performed by the Islamic extremists is a recruiting tool and fear tactic.

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Articles

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to “Democracy in America” | Journal of Political Science Education

2016

One of the most challenging issues any instructor of political philosophy faces is how to get college students interested and engaged in a discipline composed mostly of 'a bunch of dead white guys.' The task is hard enough for students already interested in theory and is even more daunting for the general education American government classroom.

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The ethno-violence nexus: measuring ethnic group identity in Chechnya | East European Politics

2014

If scholars and policy-makers are to understand contemporary ethnic conflict, we must first understand ethnic group identity. I make the case that ethnic group identity has substantial effects on collective action, particularly violent conflict, and a mechanism must exist to predict behaviour to properly measure ethnic group identity. This study asks, then: what exactly is ethnic group identity and can it be accurately measured? I address this by developing the Ethnic Group Identity Index (EGII), which seeks to measure the strength of ethnic group identity. I then use the EGII to measure strength of ethnic group identity within Chechnya. The implications abound for policy-makers in matters of conflict management strategies for the Russo-Chechen conflict, and more generally, for all ethnic politics.

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Teaching with Tocqueville: Assessing the Utility of Using ‘Democracy’ in the American Government Classroom to Achieve Student-Learning Outcomes | Journal of Political Science Education

2014

There is a debate in Political Science concerning how best to teach American Government courses. We investigate whether students learn more effectively with texts from the great tradition or from textbooks and other secondary sources. Which medium better guides students toward becoming better citizens? We examine how teaching “The Great Tradition” may increase success in student-learning outcomes. We examine four categories of learning outcomes in the Introduction to American Government classroom: general knowledge, ...

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Defining Our Terms: Bringing Rigour to Ethnic Studies | Politics

2012

For decades, political scientists have grappled with the role identity has played in ethnic conflict. Surprisingly, these scholars have been unsuccessful in rigorously conceptualising some key terms in the field of ethnic studies. How can the causal forces of ethnic strife be unravelled if scholars cannot even agree on the meanings of essential concepts? This article carefully delineates the differences between ethnicity, ethnic groups and ethnic group identity, while showing the conceptual mistakes of some of the field's leading scholars. Often treated synonymously, these concepts are quite distinct: ignoring this not only makes for sloppy scholarship, but has grave policy consequences.

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