14th December 2015

9:30am - 12:30pm

Venue: The Institute of Directors - London

Synopsis of the Round Table

For over 30 years, Jihadists Terrorism has become a major phenomenon within the international scene. From Afghanistan, Algeria and Chechnya in the last two decades of the last century to almost every country in the Middle East, North Africa, West Africa, Mediterranean, Western Europe, Northern Europe, North America, South and South Eastern Asia in today's world that have had an impact of some kind of terrorist activities.

According to the Global Terrorism Index produced by the Institute of Economics and Peace, 67 countries experienced at least one death from terrorism in 2014 compared to 59 in 2013. The economic cost of terrorism according to the same institute was estimated to be around $53billion for 2014, which has increased10 fold from 2000. The majority of terrorism casualties in 2014 were in Syria, Iraq and Nigeria. However, there is an increasing intensity and spread of terrorism globally. Collective efforts to counter-terrorism have had limited impact to stop the spread of the phenomenon. There are still shortcomings in addressing the catalysts that are triggering terrorism.

The tally of deaths amongst Iraqis in the last two decades starting from the containment policy of Bill Clinton to the invasion of 2003 contributed vastly to the rise of extremism in the country. The failure of the Arab Spring and democratic transitions in Egypt, Syria, Libya and Yemen for different reasons has contributed to spreading despair and extremism within the region. The spread of extremist’s Islamic literature in the region and beyond has further encouraged fanatic discourse. The Middle East and North Africa Region has one of the most fragile political, social, economic and environmental structures, with a lack of people centred development policies and high unemployment. The recent attacks in Paris have confirmed the idea that there are a lot of unknowns regarding how much these phenomenon’s infiltrated and spread in Europe. In the last 25 years, almost 90% of all terrorist attacks occurred in countries involved in armed conflict. 

The round table is an experts' consultation to examine different policies and approaches to tackle this phenomenon by different countries and groups of countries and the extent of success and efficiency of these different models. 


  • Thomas E. Williams, Political Minister, Counsellor, US Embassy, London
  • Lord Hannay, Former UK Ambassador to the United Nations and Member of the House of Lords
  • Professor Shogi Matsumoto – President of the Sapporo Institute of International Solidarity and Secretary General of Japan, Global Network 21

  • Richard Nield, International Journalist, Broadcaster and Filmmaker - Middle East and Africa Specialist ( Chair)

  • H.E Inaam Osseiran, Ambassador of Lebanon to the United Kingdom



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rethinking the global fight against terrorism

Source: The Institute of Economics and Peace 2015

Book Presentation :

The book is based on a research undertaken by a Japanese research group "The International Research Group For Trans-regional and Emerging Areas Studies". "Le Livre gris du terrorisme" or "The Grey Book on Terrorism" is the first book based on field study on terrorism of Morocco.. The book presents the case of Morocco in its fight against terrorism. The presentation of the book will by authors from  "The International Research Group For Trans-regional and Emerging Areas Studies" who will present the finding of their research on the efficiency and impact of efforts of Morocco's strategy in tackling terrorism in Morocco and their cooperation with their European


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