Amina Kator-Mubarez

Amina Kator-Mubarez

Dept. of Defense Analysis Naval Postgraduate School

The Do's and Don'ts of Facilitating Serious Games Effectively

Mrs. Amina Kator-Mubarez joined the United States Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in 2011and is currently a Faculty Associate for Global ECCO (Education Collaboration Community Online), sponsored by the Combating Terrorism Irregular Warfare Fellowship Program (CTFP) under the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Global ECCO utilizes the full capabilities of NPS in a security cooperation mission, reaching out to partner countries to build sustainable capacity in the spirit of “Academic Diplomacy”. Before joining the Global ECO team, she also worked as
a Research Associate for the Program for Culture and Conflict Studies at NPS, where she drafted and briefed unclassified strategy papers related to counterinsurgency and stability operations in Afghanistan for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and
United States Central Command (USCENTCOM).

Prior to joining NPS, Mrs. Kator-Mubarez spent a considerable amount of time organizing public symposiums and lecture forums, as well as facilitating workshops at the University of California, Berkeley and for private organizations, which focused on the study and application of Islamic jurisprudence and the impact of law on Muslim and Middle Eastern communities globally. She also served as a liaison for NGOs and businesses focused on poverty alleviation, youth empowerment, microfinance, and other sustainable development projects in South Asia. Her areas of research interest include counter terrorism, deradicalization, terrorist rehabilitation, and the spread of Islamism throughout parts of the world.

Mrs. Kator-Mubarez’s various responsibilities for the Global ECCO project include analyzing security, political, insurgent propaganda, counterterrorism activities and submitting news articles to the Global ECCO site. She is also assisting in the redesign of the existing Global ECCO
website using the Liferay platform. Additionally, Mrs. Kator-Mubarez facilitates the strategicgaming exercises produced by Global ECCO to various schoolhouses and institutions including Joint Special Operations University (JSOU), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), National Defense University (NDU), and the Marshall European Center for Security Studies. Mrs. Kator-Mubarez received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a Minor in Global Poverty and Practice from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006 and received herMA in Security Studies with a concentration on Combating Terrorism Policy and Strategy from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2009. Lastly, she is fluent in Dari and proficient in Urdu.