Sophia Alifirova received a BAH from the University of Toronto where she studied a Specialist program in Political Science. She is now an MA student in her second year at the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. Her primary research interests are in EU-Russian energy relations, the East-West energy dialogue, and pipeline politics. She is also interested in EU enlargement and geopolitics more broadly.
Cyber Security and Emerging Threats Sophia Alifirova Terrorism

‘Black Widows’ in Sochi? The Rising Threat of Female Suicide Bombers in Russia

As finishing touches were being put on the Olympic Village in Sochi, Russia in late January, local and regional police issued warnings of terrorist threats in the area. Authorities distributed leaflets to local businesses and hotels warning people of at least three women with ties to Islamic militants, known as ‘black widows’, present in the Read More…