Melissa Salyk-Virk

Policy Analyst, International Security Program

Melissa Salyk-Virk is a policy analyst for New America’s International Security program. She has researched monitoring and evaluation techniques for countering terrorist narratives, preventing violent extremism (PVE) and peacebuilding in South Asia and the Middle East, as well as the countering violent extremism (CVE) pilot program in the United States, specifically in Minnesota. This U.S.-based field research was presented at the Society for Terrorism Research conference in 2017 and published by the peer-reviewed journal Studies in Conflict & Terrorism in 2018. Previously, Salyk-Virk worked with the United Nation’s Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) as a communications consultant for the analysis of terrorist narratives, and supported The Soufan Center as a researcher. Prior to this, Salyk-Virk worked with international organizations in fundraising, business development, and training capacities, and has worked extensively in Jordan, the Caribbean, and India. After completing a university semester in Jaipur through the School for International Training (SIT), she supported an NGO in Jodhpur, Unnati, focusing on household socio-economic surveys of government pension and service schemes for impoverished urban areas. She then worked as a communications consultant and trainer for General Electric Money Bank (now Synchrony Financial) in Hyderabad, developing American cultural sensitivity modules for 250+ employees, supporting the customer service and risk analysis portfolios to enhance customer engagement. Salyk-Virk completed her master of science in global affairs from New York University, concentrating in peacebuilding and transnational security, and her bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Richmond.