The Global State of Radicalisation was the title of two events, which took place at the Penn Club in New York on 17 October. Speakers included Harvey Rubin from the University of Pennsylvania, Sir Lawrence Freedman from King’s College London, Peter Neumann, Director of ICSR, and Henry Sweetbaum, a founder of ISCR. Yasar Qatarneh of the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy and Boaz Ganor from the Interdiscplinary Center Herliya participated via video-link from Amman and Tel Aviv respectively.
The speakers provided accounts of the state of radicalisation in their respective countries, highlighting differences in perspective and some of the issues that everyone agreed should be addressed urgently. Questions dealt with the drivers of radicalisation as well as education and economic factors.
The two events also provided an opportunity to introduce ICSR to an influential New York audience. In particular, participants showed great interest in the projects which ICSR hopes to carry out in 2008.