Choosing to Fight, Choosing to Die: The Rise of the Suicide Foreign Fighter
The Political Science Foreign Policy Speaker Series invites you to a talk by Associate Professor Joseph Young, American University. Prof. Young will speak on "Choosing to Fight, Choosing to Die: The Rise of the Suicide Foreign Fighter," on Friday, October 27, 2017, 12-1 p.m., in McGuinn 226A.
Why do some ISIS foreign fighters volunteer to become suicide bombers, while others prefer more conventional fighting roles? Associate Professor Joseph Young investigates this variation with a dataset of 4,173 personnel files from foreign fighters who went to Syria to join ISIS during 2013 and 2014. He finds that foreign fighters in 2013-2014 volunteered to become suicide bombers with relatively less frequency than in past iterations of the conflict in Iraq and Syria, and that foreign fighters from Western countries and those undergoing a civil war were especially less likely to volunteer for a suicide role.
Prof. Young has a joint appointment in the School of Public Affairs and the School of International Service at American University. His interests relate to the cross-national causes and consequences of political violence. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles across academic disciplines, including political science, economics, criminology, and international studies. He has been invited to speak to organizations in the defense community and has consulted on a Department of Defense initiative focusing on countering violent extremism. The National Science Foundation and the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) have funded his research.
Friday, October 27, 2017 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
McGuinn Hall, Room 226A
Boston College, 140 Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA