PRESENTING AN FPRI SPONSORS’ FORUM Hosted by Pepper Hamilton LLP
Monday, June 9, 2014; 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Europe is currently witnessing an unprecedented mobilization of its young Muslim citizens and residents flocking to Syria to join various jihadist outfits fighting Bashar al Assad’s regime. The estimated two thousand and more Europeans fighting there encompass veteran al Qaeda militants but increasingly also teenagers, new converts and young women. Will the battle-hardened jihadists who will make their way back pose a threat to the Old Continent? And how are European authorities dealing with the issue? The presentation will outline the current dynamics of jihadism in Europe, analyzing radicalization patterns, potential threats and governmental responses.
Lorenzo Vidino is a Senior Fellow at FPRI and at the Center for Security Studies in Zurich. He has held positions at the RAND Corporation, Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and the US Institute of Peace. He has taught at Tufts University, the National Defense University, and the University of Zurich. His articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the International Herald Tribune, and his books include The New Muslim Brotherhood in the West. Vidino has testified before the US Congress and consults with governments, law firms, think tanks and media in several countries. A native of Milan, Italy, he holds a law degree from the University of Milan Law School and a doctorate in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Exclusively for FPRI Sponsors (members at the $250 level and guests of Pepper Hamilton LLP)