The Jihadi Challenge to Europe: address by Prof. Filiu

The Jihadi Challenge to Europe - Monday 23 May 2016 at 12.45p.m in the IIEA in Dublin – Keynote address by Mr Jean-Pierre Filiu, Professor of Middle East Studies at Sciences Po Paris

Jean-Pierre Filiu, a historian and an arabist, is professor of Middle East Studies at Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA). He has held visiting professorships both at Columbia School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and at Georgetown School of Foreign Service (SFS).

According to Professor Filiu, Daech is the most powerful and best-armed terror organisation in history. It currently controls a territory as large as the UK, where more than 30,000 foreign jihadis have already joined local fighters and their self-proclaimed "caliph". Affiliate branches have pledged allegiance to Daech all over Africa and Asia, while a devastating string of attacks has struck worldwide targets, from San Bernardino to Istanbul. In his address he will argue that Europe has already paid a terrible price, with Paris experiencing its most devastating attacks since the Second World War, and will discuss possible approaches to this challenge.

Jean-Pierre Filiu, historian and arabist, is Professor of Middle East Studies at Sciences Po, Paris. From 1988 to 2006, Professor Filiu served in a number of positions in the French diplomatic service and, on different occasions, acted as adviser to the French Prime Minister, the Minister of Defence and the Minister of the Interior. In 2012, President Hollande appointed him to the draft committee on the White Book for Defence and National Security. His acclaimed works and articles about contemporary Islam and the Arab world have been published in a dozen languages.

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Location: The Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), 8 North Great Georges Street, Dublin

Time: Monday 23rd May @ 12.45pm

Attendance at all The Institute of International and European Affairs events is free for members.
An attendance fee of €50 will be charged for non-members.

Dress Code: Business Suit.

Attendance at this event may qualify for CPD Points for solicitors and barristers.

Replies can be made by phone: +353-1-8746756, fax: +353-1-8786880,
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Please note Professor Jean-Pierre Filiu will also be adressing the International Literature Festival Dublin on the same day at 8pm at the Smoke Alley Theater.
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Published on 18/05/2016

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