What is ISIS? Why Do Canadians Join? Export this event to calendar

Thursday, March 19, 2015 — 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM EDT

The presentation will put a very human face to those willing to accept the ultimate sacrifice to perpetrate very inhumane and dehumanizing acts.

Speakers:

Lorne L. Dawson, University of Waterloo and Amarnath Amarasingam, Dalhousie University

Abstract:

In the last two years there has been much discussion in the media about “foreign fighters,” who have chosen to travel to Northern Africa and the Middle East to fight in conflicts that do not directly involve their countries. With reliable estimates of over 3000 Westerners fighting in Syria and Iraqi, joined by approximately 50-60 Canadians, the foreign fighter problem is now a predominant security concern for many nations. We will examine some of their life stories, push and pull factors, and ask a simple question: what makes them do it


This brief presentation has two purposes: to introduce you to the range of ideas and findings relevant to the study of the process by which so-called homegrown terrorists are radicalized and become violent, and to provide you with a plausible model of how this happens. The presentation will put a very human face to those willing to accept the ultimate sacrifice to perpetrate very inhumane and dehumanising acts.

Refreshments will be provided.

Cost 
n/a
Location 
AL - Arts Lecture Hall
Room 211
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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