Kateira is a senior program specialist for countering violent extremism at the U.S. Institute of Peace. She serves as the research and project manager, as well as the associate director of the research advisory council, for the RESOLVE Network, a global consortium of individual experts and organizations housed at USIP that focuses on better research, informed practice, and improved policy on violent extremism.

Aryaeinejad joined USIP in 2016 as a research assistant for the countering violent extremism team. Prior to joining, she researched, conducted fieldwork, and worked on issues associated with the evolution of—and local support for—violent extremist groups and narratives, geopolitical alliance patterns, forced migration, and localized peacebuilding efforts and conflict resolution in both the Middle East and Europe.

She has contributed to a number of publications on topics related to violent extremism, conflict, and violence, including most recently, “There and Back Again: How White Nationalist Ephemera Travels Between Online and Offline Spaces.”

Aryaeinejad holds a master’s in international peace and conflict resolution with a concentration in international conflict management from American University’s School of International Service, as well as a bachelor’s in both political science and international studies from the University of Utah.

Publications By Kateira

COVID-19 and Conflict: Violent Extremism

COVID-19 and Conflict: Violent Extremism

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

By: Kateira Aryaeinejad; Bethany L. McGann

The COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the globe is reshaping dynamics in fragile states and conflict zones. In this video, part of our #COVIDandConflict series, Kateira Aryaeinejad and Bethany McGann examine the pandemic's impacts on violent extremism: how extremist groups are exploiting the crisis, whether it is impacting recruitment, and how it complicates efforts to counter violent extremism.

Type: Blog

Violent Extremism; Global Health

Measuring Up: Monitoring and Evaluating P/CVE Programs

Measuring Up: Monitoring and Evaluating P/CVE Programs

Thursday, September 6, 2018

By: Georgia Holmer; Peter Bauman; Kateira Aryaeinejad

This report considers the various conceptual and practical challenges in measuring the impact and value of programs designed to prevent and counter violent extremism (P/CVE). It examines potential solutions and emphasizes the significance of efforts to assess changes in attitudes, behaviors, and relationships.

Violent Extremism

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