Against the backdrop of recent events in Algeria and Mali, RUSI Senior Research Fellow Raffaello Pantucci will discuss with workshop attendees the evolution of Al-Qa'ida-style terrorism and possible terrorist trends which could unfold in the period ahead. Using recent events in North Africa as a starting point, the seminar will explore the challenges that are posed by groups like AQIM that have longstanding connections with 'core Al-Qa'ida' as well as the menace that is posed by groups that have emerged in northern Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen and elsewhere. Discussions will also asses how these transformations abroad have been reflected in the United Kingdom.
The seminar will then be followed by a networking drinks reception.
Prior to coming to RUSI, Raffaello lived for over three years in Shanghai where he was a visiting scholar at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS). Before that he worked in London at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington. He has also held positions at the European Council of Foreign Relations (ECFR) and International Center for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King's College, London.
He is the author of a forthcoming history of jihadism in the UK, 'We Love Death As You Love Life: Britain's Suburban Mujahedeen' (Hurst/Columbia University Press), and is currently working on a writing project looking at Chinese interests in Central Asia. His journal articles have appeared in Survival, The National Interest, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence, and RUSI Journal amongst others, and his writing has appeared in the International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, CNN, BBC, Guardian, Foreign Policy, South China Morning Post, and more. For more information on Raffaello's work please visit: http://www.raffaellopantucci.com