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Paper Launch: Challenging the influence of Anwar al-Awlaki


Anwar Al-Awlaki, an extremist preacher of Yemeni descent, is the first U.S. citizen ever to be placed on the CIA targeted kill list. His extremist sermons have been seen as the inspiration behind a number of high profile terrorist plots, including the shootings at Fort Hood in November 2009 and the attempt to detonate an explosive device on board a Christmas Day flight to Detroit.

The paper looks at Al-Awlaki’s use of the internet to spread his message. It then highlights the challenges that have been made to  his authority by other figures within the Salafi movement. Jack Barclay argues that this intra-Salafi debate could be the most important weapon in countering  Al-Awlaki’s influence.

Speaker: Jack Barclay, Strategic Communication Consultant

Moderated by: Dr John Bew, Deputy Director, ICSR

Wednesday, 8 September 2010 2 – 3pm

War Studies Meeting Room
King’s Building, Strand Campus
King’s College London

You must RSVP by replying to this invite.

For more information, please call Katie Rothman on 020 7848 2065 or email katie.rothman@icsr.info.