Zach Trebilcock is currently pursuing a Master’s in Terrorism and Homeland Security Policy at American University. He holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic. His research interests include the intersection between psychology and violence, and identity development in the radicalization of adolescent jihadists.
As China and Russia have become more competitive in their involvement in the international community, his research interests have transitioned to focusing on their security influence in the Arab world. Prior to serving as a FMSO Fellow, he was a research intern for the National Policing Institute’s Center for Targeted Violence. He speaks advanced Egyptian and Jordanian Arabic, and has an advanced understanding of Modern Standard Arabic.