Emily Winterbotham

Director, Terrorism and ConflictTerrorism and Conflict


Emily is Director of the Terrorism and Conflict group and Senior Research Fellow at RUSI focusing on extremism and radicalisation, countering violent extremism and peacebuilding. She also has regional expertise in South Asia, particularly in Afghanistan. She has over ten year’s desk and field experience in an international policymaking environment and is a Deployable Civilian Expert for the UK Government’s Stabilisation Unit.

Emily is responsible for managing RUSI’s portfolio of Counter Terrorism and Countering Violent Extremism projects including research, training, project management and monitoring and evaluation of CVE activities. In 2017 she was seconded by the UK Government to the Commonwealth Secretariat to establish the new CVE Unit. Between 2009 and 2015 she worked in Afghanistan, most recently as Political Adviser for the European Union Special Representative. From 2009 – 2011 she conducted in-depth, community-based qualitative research for the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit on conflict resolution and reconciliation processes, identifying best practice involved in de-radicalising, demobilising and reintegrating Taliban fighters.

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