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31 March, 2016
S-2.08, Strand Campus, King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS

In its many shapes and forms, radicalization is becoming one of the defining issues of contemporary global politics. With the rise of lone wolf attacks, home-grown terrorism and foreign fighters in the 21st century, radicalisation has for some time had the spotlight of academics and policy-makers as they try and disentangle the issues that lead to it.

The Remote Control Project, in collaboration with the War Studies Society, is pleased to invite you to our panel discussion on radicalisation on Thursday, the 31st of March at 19:00. Our panelists are experts on a range of issues intertwined with radicalisation and will present the findings of their research regarding it:

Claire Lauterbach, is a Research Officer at Privacy International where she investigates the global trade in surveillance technologies and their human rights impacts. Privacy International is committed to fighting for the right to privacy across the world. They investigate the secret world of government surveillance and expose companies enabling it. Claire will discuss the impact of surveillance on radicalisation.

Dr Shiraz Maher, is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Radicalisation Studies at King’s College London. He is currently coordinating the Centre’s research on the Syrian and Iraqi conflicts. He also researches the development of Salafi-Jihadi ideology, and jihadist organisations in the broader Middle East. Maher is also an adjunct at Johns Hopkins University where he teaches a course on radicalisation (along with Peter Neumann). His publications include Ties that Bind: How the story of Muslim soldiers can forge a national identity and Greenbirds: Measuring Importance and Influence in Syrian Foreign Fighter Networks, and he will present his views on the roots of radicalisation and how it manifests today.

Kenan Malik, is a distinguished writer, lecturer, and broadcaster at the BBC, frequently published by the likes of Foreign Policy, and to date an author of six books. His blog ‘Pandemonium’ addresses a range of issues, very frequently radicalisation on which he is distinctively outspoken about. Much of his political campaigning over the past decade has been ‘in defence of free speech, secularism and scientific rationalism’. Kenan will discuss the social policy issues connected to radicalization in Europe.

Chair: Andrew Noakes of Remote Control. Andrew joined the Remote Control Project as Senior Advocacy Officer in January 2016. Before joining the project he was founding Director of the Nigeria Security Network, working at the intersection of human rights and counter-insurgency in Nigeria. Andrew is also Director of the Labour Campaign for Human Rights, which campaigns on human rights issues within the UK Labour Party, notably on mass surveillance and the Human Rights Act.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A.