Islamist Foreign Fighters

Thomas Hegghammer, Zuckerman fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University and senior research fellow at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, joins me to discuss Islamist foreign fighters. Topics covered include:

  • Growth of foreign fighter phenomenon after 1980
  • How states view foreign fighters that originate from their country
  • Western fears that those who go abroad as foreign fighters will return to their home country to carry out attacks
  • Role of foreign fighters in current conflicts
  • Policy implications for combatting foreign fighters

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