The Future of the Islamic State in the West

Wednesday, 14 June, 2017 - 13:00
Washington, D.C., Elliott School of International Affairs

As its self–proclaimed Caliphate turns three, the Islamic State is suffering significant territorial losses. These swift and dramatic developments have major implications for terrorism dynamics in the West. Are Europe and North America going to see an influx of returning foreign fighters, some of which will attempt to carry out attacks? Will homegrown sympathizers of the Islamic State conduct attacks to avenge the group’s losses? Will the group be able to maintain a substantial presence in the physical and virtual space?



Rasha AL AQEEDI, Al Mesbar Studies and Research Center, Dubai

Rukmini CALLIMACHI, The New York Times 

Bruce HOFFMAN, Center for Security Studies, Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

Seamus HUGHES, Program on Extremism, George Washington University

Alexander MELEAGROU–HITCHENS, Program on Extremism, George Washington University

Fernando REINARES, Global Terrorism Program, Madrid’s Elcano Institute and American University

Dick SCHOOF, National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism, The Netherlands

Lorenzo VIDINO, Program on Extremism, George Washington University and ISPI


The event coincided with the release of the report Fear Thy Neighbor. Radicalization and Jihadist Attacks in the West (online from June 14), published by ISPI, the Program on Extremism of the George Washington University and the International Centre for Counter–Terrorism (The Hague).


The event was held in Washington, D.C., on June 14, 2017, h. 1:00pm – 5:00pm, at the Elliott School of International Affairs, City View Room (7th Floor).