Foreign Fighters in Syria and Iraq

25th June 2014, 18:00 – 19.30

A discussion on the foreign fighter phenomenon fuelling conflict in Syria and Iraq

Quilliam requests the pleasure of your company on the 25th June for a discussion on the jihadist foreign fighter phenomenon. The discussion will be led by Richard Barrett, Senior Vice President of The Soufan Group, and Raffaello Pantucci, Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). The discussion will focus on the profile and motivations of foreign fighters, as well as exploring how the threat they pose can be mitigated. With jihadist groups in Syria continuing to attract adherents from around the world, including a large contingent of Europeans, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) taking control of large swathes of Iraqi territory, this issue is not only topical, but likely to increase in importance in the coming months.

Speaker profiles:

Richard Barrett – is the Senior Vice President of The Soufan Group and the author of a new report entitled ‘Foreign Fighters in Syria’. He is also a former British diplomat and intelligence officer who from March 2004 to January 2013 headed the United Nations Monitoring Team concerning al-Qaeda and the Taliban. He is a recognised expert on violent extremism and the measures that can be taken against it.

Raffaello Pantucci – is a Senior Research Fellow at RUSI whose work focuses on counter-terrorism and China. He is also the author of a forthcoming book on jihadism in the UK entitled ‘We Love Death As You Love Life: Britain’s Suburban Mujahedeen’.

Maajid Nawaz – is Co-Founder and Chairman of Quilliam. His work is informed by years spent in his youth as a leadership member of a global Islamist group, and his gradual transformation towards liberal democratic values. Maajid has become a prominent counter-extremism consultant and a regular writer, debater and public commentator.

To RSVP, please email Erin Saltman at ([email protected]) or phone (020 7182 7280). We look forward to welcoming you to the event. The location of the event is in Central London. Further details will be provided with confirmation of attendance. Please RSVP in advance as spaces are limited. Refreshments will be provided.