Appendix A - Workshop agenda

Al-Qaeda, ISIL and Their Offspring Understanding the Reach and Expansion of Violent Islamist Extremism

A workshop of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS)

29 February 2016
CSIS National Headquarters, Ottawa

Program

08:30 – 08:45                      Structure and objectives of the workshop

08:45 – 10:15                      Module 1 – The state of play in Syria and Iraq

  • Sustaining the Islamic State, and Al-Qaeda’s footprint on the ground: Current state and future prospects
  • Understanding the foreign-fighter phenomenon
  • The Al-Nusra Front and the impact of air campaigns

 

10:15 - 11:00                       On-Stage Debate – Dangerous Liaisons: Will Al-Qaeda and ISIL strike a grand bargain?

11:00 – 11:15                      Break

11:15 – 12:00                      Keynote address – Après Paris: ISIL’s evolving strategy against the West

12:00 – 13:00                      Lunch

13:00 - 14:30                       Module 2 – Local Roots, Global Aspirations: Emerging theatres of concern around the world

  • Libya
  • The Sinai Peninsula
  • Indonesia

 

14:30 – 14:45                      Break

14:45 – 15:45                      Module 3 – Motives and Messaging: Understanding and escaping the pervasive propaganda machine    

  • ISIL’s propaganda and messaging
  • Why do fighters leave ISIL?

15:45 – 16:45                      Module 4 – Strategic Trends: Implications of Al-Qaeda and ISIL’s resilience and reach

  • How to tackle the situation at home
  • Long-term approaches to the problem in the Middle East

16:45 – 17:00                      Summary and closing remarks

17:00                                     Adjourn

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