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In 2017, the Islamic State was defeated militarily and lost its major strongholds in Syria and Iraq. The group and its extreme ideology, however, continue to destabilize great parts of the Middle East, Africa and Asia. In fact, the Islamic State is currently undergoing a process of transformation – from a quasi-state actor and service provider to a terrorist group that operates from the underground and in provinces around the world. The same is true for Al Qaeda: While the Islamic State dominated the world’s attention, Al Qaeda has quietly regrouped and expanded its transnational network.

To discuss the current transformation of the Islamic State, the revival of Al Qaeda and the modus operandi of both their off-shoots and franchises, the KAS Syria/Iraq office, in cooperation with the KAS Security Policy Dialogue Programme on Sub-Saharan Africa (SIPODI) and the Issam Fares Institute organized a two-day conference on “Militant Islamism and Jihadism After the End of the Caliphate”. The international conference took place on March 19th and 20th, 2018 in Beirut and brought together 27 experts from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, the United States and Europe.

For the full conference report, please open the document above.

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The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, its educational institutions, centres and foreign offices, offer several thousand events on various subjects each year. We provide up to date and exclusive reports on selected conferences, events and symposia at www.kas.de. In addition to a summary of the contents, you can also find additional material such as pictures, speeches, videos or audio clips.

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