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Foreign Fighters: Trends, Trajectories & Conflict Zones

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October 1, 2010
Frank J. Cilluffo, Jeffrey B. Cozzens, and Magnus Ranstorp

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HSPI's report Foreign Fighters: Trends, Trajectories & Conflict Zones is the product of a collaboration between HSPI and the Swedish National Defence College's Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies (SNDC-CATS).

The report is a timely primer on an emerging threat to Western states, dramatically evidenced in news breaking yesterday about an alleged plot by foreign fighters to stage a number of coordinated “Mumbai-style” attacks in Europe and possibly the United States.

The joint report of HSPI and SNDC surveys the sources, destinations and impact of Western jihadi foreign fighters.  It also highlights key bridge figures who act as catalysts for radicalization and recruitment.  The authors identify key vulnerabilities in the foreign fighter network, arguing that more must be done to exploit the security challenges faced by global jihadists.

The publication’s co-authors are Frank J. Cilluffo, Director of HSPI; Magnus Ranstorp, Research Director of SNDC-CATS and HSPI Senior Fellow; and Jeffrey B. Cozzens, President of White Mountain Research.

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Founded in 2003, The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) is a nonpartisan think and do tank whose mission is to build bridges between theory and practice to advance homeland security through an interdisciplinary approach. By convening domestic and international policymakers and practitioners at all levels of government, the private and non-profit sectors, and academia, HSPI creates innovative strategies and solutions to current and future threats to the nation.