While the world has been distracted by a pandemic, conditions in many parts of the globe are ripe for a resurgence of extremist violence. From former theaters of robust U.S. military engagement such as Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria to secularist strongholds like France and Turkey, incentives and opportunities for extremist violence are rising. How have trends in extremist violence changed? What can the United States do to combat the rise of “enterprising extremists?” Orbis Editor Nikolas Gvosdev will be joined by Rabia Zafar to discuss these and other important questions raised in Dr. Zafar’s article in theSpring 2021 Issue.
Rabia Zafar is a post-doctoral fellow at the U.S. Naval War College and a former intelligence officer at the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency. She holds a Ph.D. in international affairs from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a master’s from Columbia University. Dr. Zafar has taught a number of university courses on security strategies, religion and politics, comparative politics, and contemporary Pakistan. She has worked and traveled extensively in Pakistan and speaks fluent Urdu.
Nikolas Gvosdev is the Editor of Orbis: FPRI’s Journal of World Affairs and a Senior Fellow in FPRI’s Eurasia Program. He is also a Professor of National Security Affairs, holding the Captain Jerome E. Levy Chair in Economic Geography and National Security at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He was formerly the Editor of The National Interest magazine and a Senior Fellow at The Nixon Center in Washington, D.C. A frequent commentator on Russian and Eurasian affairs, his work has appeared in such outlets as Foreign Affairs, The Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Orbis, and he has appeared as a commentator on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and BBC. He is the co-author of US Foreign Policy and Defense Strategy: The Rise of an Incidental Superpower, and the co-author of Russian Foreign Policy: Vectors, Sectors, and Interests.