The Foreign Fighter Problem: Recent Trends & Case Studies
On the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines have confronted third-party national combatants. Known as “foreign fighters,” these individuals have gained deadly skills and connections that can be exported or exploited to devastating effect in other locations. Left unchecked, the development of this trend will continue to present myriad challenges for U.S. security at home and abroad both now and exponentially into the future. On 27 & 28 September The Reserve Officers Association & The Foreign Policy Research Institute presented a two day conference focused on indentifying new trends and possible solutions in the flow of foreign fighters by examining several regional studies. Areas of focus included Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and others.
Video of the Panel 1: Recent Trends in Foreign Fighter Source Countries & Transit Networks
Video of Panel 2: Somalia Case Study
Video of Panel 3: Maghreb Case Study
Video of Panel 4: Yemen Case Study