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Many of those who have travelled from the United Kingdom to join terrorist organisations in Syria and Iraq had recent connections to higher education, or were students at the time of travel. These individuals pose a potential risk to the UK, as those who have fought or trained abroad have been disproportionately involved in the most serious Islamist terrorist offences in the UK, and may continue to recruit vulnerable individuals.
The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to an event to launch our latest report: Spotting The Signs of Extremism: Identifying Vulnerability to Radicalisation Among Students. Our speakers will be Emma Webb, author of the report; Nicola Benyahia, who tragically lost her son to ISIS extremism in Syria; and Sean Arbuthnot, an expert in counter-extremism and the PREVENT strategy. They will address vital questions of how to protect Britain’s vulnerable young people from being sucked into extremism, what support we can offer families and how to address this worrying trend.
Emma Webb is a Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society focusing on European and domestic terrorism and Islamism. She recently co-authored An Enduring Threat: Europe’s Islamist Terror Networks Then and Now, the first major comparison of al-Qaeda’s European networks in the early 2000s with the Islamic State networks behind the Paris and Brussels attacks. Emma has spoken on national and regional radio on issues relating to the threat level facing the UK, recent terror attacks in Europe and radicalisation, and has written for the Spectator, the Independent and the Telegraph. She holds an MA in Jewish Studies from King’s College London and a BA in Theological and Religious Studies from Trinity College, Cambridge.
Nicola Benyahia is a fully qualified counsellor with specific experience in mental health and counselling young people. As a mother personally affected by the impact of violent radicalisation processes in her own family, she decided to give her own experiences a voice and recently stepped forward for other families sharing similar problems. Following the death of her son in Syria in 2015, she founded a counselling organisation, ‘Families For Life’, which aims to support families through the psychological and counter-radicalisation process. She hopes, through her organisation, to support and empower families to combat the shame of radicalisation and provide them with a platform for their voices to be heard. She continues to speak and present at various international events and hopes in her continued efforts and work to create a humanistic understanding of violent extremism, and to begin to provide genuine opportunities for families to engage and participate in future policy making.