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Eurasian Security After ISIS: The Looming Challenge of Foreign Fighters

Chatham House, London

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Anna Matveeva, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, King’s College London; Honorary University Fellow, University of Exeter
Roman Osharov, Academy Robert Bosch Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House (discussant)
Jean-François Ratelle, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa
Charlie Winter, Senior Research Fellow, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence, King’s College London
Mark Youngman, PhD candidate, University of Birmingham


Since 2011 thousands of individuals have travelled from the Caucasus and Central Asia to fight in Syria and Iraq. The military campaign against ISIS and the contracting space controlled by the group make further movements likely as foreign fighters return home. The return (or movement to other insurgent fronts) of experienced and ideological foreign fighters has major security implications for destination states.

Will these movements reinvigorate withered insurgent fronts in the North Caucasus, or substantiate the Islamist threat cited by several Muslim-majority Eurasian states as the basis for their security governance policies? How should states in Eurasia respond?

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.