There has been a rapid increase in foreign fighters joining the conflict in the Middle East. 1 in 9 foreign fighters who return from the conflict will become terrorists. Based on today’s figures, it is evident that a dramatic surge of Westerner recruits have joined Daesh in the conflict areas of Syria and Iraq.
On Monday, May 4, 2015, TRENDS hosted a seminar titled ‘Inside the Mind of a Jihadist’ where Mubin Shaikh and Dr. Anne Speckhard that discussed the factors behind what fuels one to join extremist groups and the process of radicalization.
This seminar consisted of a lecture from each speaker, followed by a Q&A session which provided the audience with the opportunity to pose their own questions.