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Understanding Career Foreign Fighters

Tuesday 26 May 2020
Online Event

Examining how career foreign fighters can impact current conflict dynamics to help future prevention efforts.

Smoke rises from an unknown source on the eastern side of Mosul, Iraq. (Moises Saman/The New York Times)

Understanding and addressing the foreign fighter phenomenon, particularly the wave of foreign fighters that joined violent extremist groups in Iraq and Syria, has become a key policy priority in recent years. Currently, research focuses on why individuals travel outside of their home countries to join armed groups, as well as the prospective security threat they pose after they return. But what about those who do not return but go on to join new groups or new wars?

A recent RESOLVE Network Research Report, 'Career Foreign Fighters: Expertise Transmission Across Insurgencies,' examines this question and explores how policymakers can incorporate lessons learned into future prevention efforts.

Join USIP for a virtual conversation with the report’s authors as they explain their findings and share insights on the unique challenges that career foreign fighters pose, what we know about their 'career' trajectories, their impact in local conflicts, and the implications for current policy and programmatic challenges. They will also highlight recommendations for future efforts to address violent extremism and conflict and to prevent conflict careerists based on their pioneering study. 

Participate live

You will be able to participate in the live Q&A using the YouTube chat box function on the YouTube page. You can also take part in the conversation on Twitter with #CareerForeignFighters.

Please register on the website of United States Institute of Peace.

For more information contact Megan Loney.


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