Open-Source Information Gathering (OSIG) Manager
Aram Shabanian focuses on researching and analyzing violent far-right groups in the US, as well as the Islamic State Group and associated movements. He focuses on utilizing a mixture of traditional research methods with modern-day, technology-assisted open-source intelligence. Aram is from Canby, Oregon. After high school, he attended Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, Oregon before transferring eventually to The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. In late 2018 he was accepted to the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, where he went on to earn an MA in Non-Proliferation and Terrorism Studies, graduating in 2021.
Operation Claw-Sword Exposes Blind Spots in the US’ NE Syria Strategy
Turkish airstrikes have eroded the ability of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces to combat an Islamic State resurgence. Ankara’s periodic saber rattling continues to divert the SDF’s focus away from its fight against the terrorist group.
Applying OSINT in Ukraine’s Battlespace
The latest episode of the New Lines Institute's Contours podcast breaks down the transforming battlefield conditions and strategic state of play in Ukraine.
Will Russia Use Military Force in Ukraine?
Moscow’s buildup near Ukraine has thus far been more about extracting concessions from NATO than preparing for an invasion. Nevertheless, a conventional military conflict could still happen despite the strong consequences it would incur from the U.S. and its Western allies.