Shikshya Adhikari, Ph.D. Candidate

University at Albany SUNY

Country: United States (New York)

About Me:

I am PhD student in Political Science at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at University at Albany. I have a Master's in Sociology from Illinois State University and a Bachelor's in Liberal Arts from St. John's College, Maryland (The Great Books Program). I also have program management experience in Emergency Response and Preparedness.

Research Interests

Political Violence


Foreign Policy

Foreign Policy Analysis

State-Sponsored Terrorism

Terrorist Decision-Making

Countries of Interest



Saudi Arabia



My Research:

I work on exploring broader national security strategies that make governments work with non-state violent actors. I am interested in researching why governments are increasingly choosing this tactic, and by doing so, shaping their relations with their allies or rivals. I am also interested in exploring what organizational and ideological aspects motivate or allow non-state violent actors to work with states that sponsor or support them in any capacity.