The De-radicalisation of Jihadists
Dr Maha Azzam, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Chair: Dr Claire Spencer, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Since the late 1990s, tens of thousands of jihadists have undergone remarkable de-radicalizing transformations, thus weakening al-Qaeda and its supporters. The speakers will discuss the various processes of de-radicalization across the Middle East and North Africa and examine the causes of such processes. In addition, the speakers will explore the effects of this on the Islamist movement and the international implications.
Dr Omar Ashour is a Lecturer in Politics at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter. He is a specialist on Islamist movements and ideologies, democratization, and security and terrorism studies. Dr Ashour is the author of The Deradicalization of Jihadists: Transforming Armed Islamist Movements (Routledge, 2009).
Dr Maha Azzam is an Associate Fellow of the Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House. Dr Azzam has written extensively on political Islam and is a leading commentator in the media on the subject. Her forthcoming book is Contemporary Islamism Revisited, (Chatham House, 2010).
This event will be on the record.
Attendance is strictly by invitation only.