Over the past year, we have witnessed new threats from both ISIS and al-Qa’ida, beginning with the dramatic number of foreign fighters flocking to join the fight in Syria and Iraq, the spate of Homegrown Violent Extremist attacks in the fall and the more sophisticated attacks and plots in Europe at the start of this year.
During this roundtable discussion, NJOHSP and New York Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Intelligence Analyst focused on three topics related to these groups and the threats associated with them:
- ISIS/al Qa’ida relations – How do these groups interact and what might that mean for threats to the United States?
- Foreign Fighters and Countering Violent Extremism – What is the risk and what are our policy options regarding them?
- What happens if ISIS (or al-Qa’ida) collapses?