Marc Sageman will join us for a discussion
about the evolution of Al Qaeda, and the causes of the radicalization of
European Jihadi networks. Dr. Sageman has analyzed the role of religion,
poverty, and education, in forming the views and behaviors of Jihadi recruits.
His work charts the trajectory of Muslim expatriates, both second generation
and young economic migrants, many of whom are upwardly mobile, and from secular
backgrounds. What motivates their behavior and what accelerates their path to
violence? What role do kinship networks and group dynamics play in attracting
recruits to Al Qaeda and supporting their activity? What is the nature of the
threat and where does it emanate from?