John Holland-McCowan is Visiting Researcher at IRIS from October 2018 to March 2019. He is currently pursuing his PhD at King’s College London’s Department of War Studies. He also serves as a Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King’s College London. His PhD research analyzes to what degree scholarly understandings of insurgencies can account for the YPG and ISIS’s rival campaigns from mid-2014 to mid-2017. He holds a Master’s degree in Terrorism, Security, and Society from King’s College London as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Archeology from Harvard College.