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The Future of Extremism after the Fall of ISIS

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Despite the collapse of the “so-called ‘Caliphate’” in Iraq and Syria, Islamist extremist movements are continuing to gain momentum. ISIS remains formidable. The group retains a significant physical presence in the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia and continues to direct or inspire acts of terrorism in the West. Meanwhile, al-Qaeda has taken advantage of the international community’s focus on ISIS to strengthen its own hand. Ongoing turmoil in the Middle East has allowed al-Qaeda to embed itself among Sunni opposition forces in Syria and Yemen. IsIamist ideology continues to attract new followers. Governments are facing an unrelenting flow of recruits to extremism and struggling to create an effective policy response. In the West, ongoing debates over pathways to radicalization, the effectiveness of de-radicalization and the efficacy of “countering violent extremism” programs epitomizes this struggle. Despite President Trump’s stated intent to “eradicate” radical Islamist terrorism, the threat posed by this ideology remains alarming and will continue to pose a significant challenge for years to come. Please join us as we discuss these and other issues.