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Foreign Fighters: a Central Asian Perspective

16 February 2016, 9:30
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A briefing with Dr Erlan Karin, Director of the Kazakhstan Institute of Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan (KazISS), Astana

There has been wide discussion within Europe regarding the continent’s continuing struggle to stem the flow of foreign fighters. Devising effective measures to prevent the radicalisation of European citizens, who then choose to travel to join armed conflict in Syria and Iraq, continues to be a challenge. This problem is one Europe shares with the countries of Central Asia, and both sides would benefit from broader engagement on this issue. Knowledge sharing on  the perceived drivers motivating these foreign fighters and ideas for more effective ways to prevent radicalisation are required.

This discussion will be led by Dr Erlan Karin, the director of the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, who will share the Central Asian perspective on this security issue that is becoming a more global phenomenon.    

Speaker Bio

Dr. Erlan Karin - Director of the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan (KazISS)

Prior to KazISS Dr. Karin was the Head of the Center for Counterterrorism Programs (2004-2006), Director of the Central Asian Agency of Political Studies (2000-2003), Deputy Director of the Institute of Russia and China (1998-2000) and Research Fellow at the Political Studies Center of the Institute of Development of Kazakhstan (1998-2000).

In his later career he served as advisor on political issues to the mayor of Mangistau region (2006). In 2008 he was appointed as a head of the Domestic Policy Department of the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Currently, Dr. Karin serves on a number of boards, including Expert Council under the Security Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Public Board for ensuring the rule of law under the General Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Public Council under the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan.

His research interests are terrorism, national and regional security, the role intelligence agencies in the national security. He is the author of numerous articles and his latest book is The Soldiers of Caliphate: The Anatomy of the Terrorist Group (2015).

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