The International Studies Association (ISA) is one of the oldest interdisciplinary associations dedicated to understanding international, transnational and global affairs. This past February, Analysis Bureau Chief Dean Baratta and Intelligence Analysts Paige Schilling and Angie Gad took Intelligence. Unclassified. on the road with them to the 2017 ISA annual conference. Tune in to today's episode where they discuss the panels they attended on the first day of the conference.
In this episode, Intelligence Analyst Angie Gad talks with Amarnath Amarasingam about his interviews with foreign fighters. Mr. Amarsingam provides meaningful insights and helps debunk commonly held misperceptions about the drivers that motivate foreign fighters to travel to Iraq and Syria to join Salafi-jihadist groups.
The make-up, scale, and scope of the Iraq and Syria-bound foreign fighter problem has changed and become significantly more complex over the last decade. Deputy Director Brian Dodwell of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point talks to one of our intelligence analysts about the research he and his team have done on the current foreign fighter threat.
New Jersey faces a minimal threat from returning jihadists because of the comparatively small number of US citizens who traveled to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and the likelihood individuals join other terrorist groups abroad.
This week, we explore the related trends our office has seen over the last few years and provide more insight into the current threat they pose.
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.