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May 05

Defining and Defeating the Global Islamist Insurgency

In many places around the globe, Islamist terrorism is surging. While drone strikes have helped degrade core al Qaeda leadership, ISIS now inspires Islamist extremist groups from North Africa to the Middle East. Efforts aimed at defeating the terrorists and the broader political threat of Islamism poses to liberal societies have been have been hampered by definitional issues. One side of the debate is unable to differentiate between Islam and the political ideology of Islamism, while the other denies the existence of any religious context at all. In the meantime, religious minorities and dissenters are suffering and local economies are failing under the continuing twin threat of terrorism and tyranny. Join us for a discussion of what the U.S. and the international community can do to address the many threats posed by violent Islamism and what components should constitute U.S. strategy moving forward.




Mapping the Global Islamist Insurgency
(10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)
Thomas Joscelyn, Senior Fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
James Phillips, Senior Research Fellow, Middle Eastern Affairs, The Heritage Foundation
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Senior Fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies

Defining the Insurgency’s Ideology: Islam vs Islamism (11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)
Zainab Al-Suwaij, Co-Founder & Executive Director, American Islamic Congress
Walter Lohman, Director, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation
Walid Phares, Middle East & Terrorism Expert, Fox News
Samuel Tadros, Senior Fellow, Center for Religious Freedom, Hudson Institute

Combatting Religious Persecution: Caught in the Crossfire (12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.)
Lisa Curtis, Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation
Thomas Farr, Director, Religious Freedom Project & Visiting Associate Professor, Georgetown University
Nina Shea, Director, Center for Religious Freedom, Hudson Institute

Fighting with Economic Freedom (2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Caroline Freund, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Anthony Kim, Research Manager, Index of Economic Freedom, and Senior Policy Analyst, The Heritage Foundation
Djordie Todorvic, Program Director for Syria and Lebanon, International Republican Institute

More About the Speakers

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James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.

Vice President for the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, and the E. W. Richardson Fellow Read More