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Date: 13:00-14:00, Wednesday 16th May 2018
Location: Committee Room 4, House of Lords,
Palace of Westminster, London, SW1A 0PW
Dr Scott Atran
Director of Research in Anthropology at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
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Islamic State may have lost its “caliphate” but field interviews and psychological assessments with young Sunni Arabs in the Mosul area indicate that that allegiance to a Sunni homeland governed by Sharia law remains. Those who continue to support some of Islamic State’s core values, including the rejection of democracy, appear more willing to make costly sacrifices than those who want a unified Iraq. From jihadis to white supremacists in Europe and North America, people most susceptible to joining radical groups are often youth in transitional stages in their lives. Our ability to combat violent extremism will be determined by our ability to understand the realities facing young people. Rather than being a problem, young people are part of the solution to violent extremism.
By kind invitation of The Rt Hon the Baroness Falkner of Margravine, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a discussion with Dr Scott Atran, who will outline his extensive fieldwork with terrorists and Islamic fundamentalists.
Dr Scott Atran is a leading anthropologist. Dr Atran has undertaken fieldwork around the world, where he has interviewed the leadership and members of insurgent and extremist groups. He has briefed NATO, U.S. Senate and House, National Security Council staff at the White House, UN Security Council, EU Governments, World Economic Forum and others on problems of youth and violent extremism. He is tenured as Research Director in Anthropology at France’s National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Institut Jean Nicod − Ecole Normale Supérieure, in Paris. He is a founding fellow of the Centre for Resolution of Intractable Conflict, Harris Manchester College and Department of Politics and International Relations University of Oxford. He is also Director of Research at ARTIS International and Research Professor of Psychology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.