The George Washington University’s Program on Extremism will host a discussion on the future of the Islamic State group. As its self-proclaimed caliphate turns three, the Islamic State group is suffering significant territorial losses in Iraq and Syria. These swift and dramatic developments have major implications for terrorism dynamics in the West.

The event, which occurs on the second anniversary of the GW Program on Extremism’s launch, will coincide with the release of the program’s new report, “Fear Thy Neighbor: Radicalization and Jihadist Attacks in the West.”

Published in conjunction with the Italian Institute for International Political Studies and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism based in the Hague, the report analyzes the characteristics of all perpetrators of jihadist-inspired attacks in the West since the declaration of the caliphate.

Program participants include:

  • Dick Schoof, national coordinator for security and counterterrorism, the Netherlands
  • Rukmini Callimachi, foreign correspondent, The New York Times
  • Fernando Reinares, director, Global Terrorism Program, Elcano Royal Institute, Madrid
  • Rasha al Aqeedi, research fellow, Al Mesbar Studies and Research Center, Dubai
  • Kim Cragin, senior research fellow for counterterrorism, National Defense University
  • Daniel Byman, professor, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
  • Lorenzo Vidino, director, GW Program on Extremism
  • Seamus Hughes, deputy director, GW Program on Extremism
  • Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, research director, GW Program on Extremism

Register here to attend the event. Media interested in attending must contact Brett Zongker at or 202-994-6466.