Violence and Terror: A comprehensive solution for stopping DaeshJune 15 Friends of Europe With its strategy of terror and violence, Daesh (also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) is wreaking havoc in the Middle East and beyond. The group’s brutality, cruelty and violence-based propaganda attract global attention. The organisation lost territory in Kobane and Tikrit but has now seized Ramadi in Iraq and the millennial Syrian city of Palmyra. Daesh’s latest advance has prompted a reassessment of earlier reports that the group may be in retreat. What is the situation on the ground in the area claimed by Daesh? How effective are coalition strikes against the organisation and its leaders? What is the main source of revenue for the group and how can the financing be stopped? What will it take to stop the rise of Daesh and dismantle its networks? Is there a role for NATO in putting together a coalition of the willing, and how can regional powers, whether individual nations or international organisations like the Arab League, play a part? Following the campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq, how willing are other Western powers likely to be in making concrete commitments to air campaigns or ground troops? Questions addressed will include:
- What will it take to stop the rise of Daesh and dismantle its networks?
- What is the situation on the ground in the area claimed by Daesh?
- How effective are the coalition strikes against the organisation and its leaders?
17.30 – 18.00 Welcome and registration of participants 18.00 – 19.30 Policy insight debate Moderated by Shada Islam / Director of Policy at Friends of Europe 19.30 End of debate and cocktailMore info & registration Please register through the here before Friday 12 June. Please visit Friends of Europe's website for latest updates. Speakers Jamal al-Dhari / President of the Peace Ambassadors for Iraq NGO and a senior Iraqi tribal leader al-Dhari is one the leaders of the al-Zoba tribe in Iraq. In 2014, he helped establish the non-profit think tank Peace Ambassadors for Iraq, to explain to Western audiences the present situation in Iraq, how to fully eliminate terrorist forces from Iraq and how to build international support for an all-inclusive Iraq. Following the 2003 invasion of Iraq by coalition forces, he was a strong proponent of Iraqi self-rule. In 2005, he and his family fought against al-Qaeda in Iraq, losing 70 members of his family in the struggle. Damien Martinez / Secretary General, Centre d’Analyse du Terrorisme Co-author of the recent report, “Islamic State: the economy-based terrorist funding”, Martinez was as a special investigator with the September 11 Class Action, representing more than 20,000 family members of the terrorist attacks. He is the former Head of terrorism financing prevention for the Credit Suisse Group. He also spent several years with the Swiss Federal Police working with the Counter-Terrorism Unit, and served as a member of Interpol’s group of experts on terrorism. He is also currently Director for governance, risk and compliance at Thomson Reuters in Western Europe. Marietje Schaake / Member of the European Parliament and Trustee of Friends of Europe Schaake has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament since 2009. Schaake serves on the committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), where she works on the EU’s neighbourhood policy, notably Turkey, Iran and North Africa and the broader Middle East. Furthermore, she is a Vice-President of the delegation for relations with the United States and a substitute member of the delegation with Iran. In the subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI), she co-ordinates monthly human rights resolutions for the ALDE Group. Souad Mekhennet / Correspondent, National Security Desk, The Washington Post Since September 11, Mekhennet has been reporting on radical Islamic movements. As a member of the investigative unit at The New York Times, she covered subjects like war zones, terrorist attacks and the ‘War on Terror’, including deportations and human rights abuses. In 2013 she was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University where she researched the long-term strategies of terrorist organisations since the Arab Spring. She was part of the 2012 selection of 40 under 40 European Young Leaders. Paul Hamill / Director of Strategy and Communications, American Security Project Hamill is a leading advisor on strategic and communications planning, political campaigning and media engagements. As Director of Strategy and Communications, Hamill develops public policy campaigns on key security issues. Hamill has led a number of capacity-building programmes within the Government of Afghanistan and also worked for the British government in Baghdad for the CPA, the Ministry of Defence and the Prime Minister’s Office, where he worked on Afghanistan, Iraq and the War on Terror.