The emergence and rise of the so-called Islamic State, the proto-state caliphate declared by terror group ISIS, has changed the way academics, policymakers and law enforcement agencies view and understand terrorism. There are several factors which set apart the Islamic State from similar terrorist organizations. From the successful establishment of a proto-state in the Middle East to the transnational reach of its propaganda to recruit disillusioned individuals with jihadist leanings, the ascent of the ISIS, though disturbing, has been unique.
With the changes, that ISIS brings to our understanding of terrorism and the ideologies that enable it to flourish, it becomes imperative to comprehensively study its origin, modus operandi, and its influence in South Asia, specifically. This monograph is divided into three parts and examines the rise and fall of ISIS in the Middle East and its influence in South Asia and India.
In this discussion about the monograph, apart from providing a detailed look at ISIS’s conception and operational structure, it will also help in understanding the evolving nature of terrorism and the factors which continue to strengthen and propagate jihadist ideologies.
Ajai Sahni, Executive Director of the Institute for Conflict Management and South Asia Terrorism Portal
Harsh V. Pant, Director of Studies and Head of Strategic Studies Program, ORF
Kabir Taneja, Associate Fellow, ORF
KP Fabian, Former Joint Secretary (Gulf), MEA
Praveen Swami, Group Consulting Editor, Network18
The timing of this event is from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.