Dr Dara Conduit is an Associate Research Fellow in the Middle East Studies Forum at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, where she works on Syria and Iran. Her work has been published in Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, the Middle East Journal, the British Journal of Middle East Studies and International Community Law Review. Dr. Conduit’s PhD has recently been conferred by Monash University. She holds a M. Litt from the University of St. Andrews, was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge in 2015 and has provided advice to the UN OHCHR’s Working Group on Mercenaries. Dr Conduit is a board member of the Syrian Studies Association and the co-Convener of the Australian Terrorism and Political Violence Researchers Network.