Academy Forum | How to Stop Jihadist Foreign Fighters
October 28, 2021
5:00 p.m.–6:15 p.m. ET
This Academy Forum on how different counterterrorism efforts can combine to make the threat of foreign fighters less dangerous to the United States and its allies featured Daniel Byman, Aaron Zelin, and Robert Y. Shapiro. Dr. Byman discussed his article from the Fall 2021 issue of Political Science Quarterly, which argues that the threat volunteers for al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and other jihadist groups pose is potentially grave, but that effective policy can profoundly reduce the danger. He explains how governments can disrupt the recruitment and travel of foreign fighters, hinder their time in war zones, and improve policing and intelligence gathering when they return.
DANIEL BYMAN is a professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a senior fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. His latest book is Road Warriors: Foreign Fighters in the Armies of Jihad (Oxford, 2019).
AARON Y. ZELIN is the Richard Borow Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a visiting research scholar at Brandeis University. He is the author of Your Sons Are At Your Service: Tunisia's Missionaries of Jihad (Columbia University Press, 2020).
ROBERT Y. SHAPIRO is the Wallace S. Sayre Professor of Government and Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He is President of the Academy of Political Science and Editor of Political Science Quarterly.
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