In recent months, ISIS has made significant inroads into South Asia, a region already riddled by militancy and terrorism. In Afghanistan, ISIS has established a local affiliate, the Islamic State of Khorasan Province, which has challenged the Afghan government and NATO forces, as well as its rival militant groups, including the Taliban, for territory and influence. In Pakistan, the group has showcased its presence and influence by conducting deadly attacks on soft targets, including on a Sufi shrine. In India, many radicalized youth and terrorist cells have claimed allegiance to ISIS, which provides a fertile recruitment platform for the group. In Bangladesh, ISIS is working to carve out territory and has claimed past attacks on Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, and Sufi Muslims. The group maintains a robust social media presence throughout the region, which serves as a dangerous platform for promoting extremist ideologies.
The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center is hosting a discussion on the emerging influence of ISIS activities in South Asia. In a discussion introduced and moderated by Dr. Bharath Gopalaswamy, director of the South Asia Center, Dr.Christine Fair, Javid Ahmad, Jasmine El-Gamal, and Hagar Chemali will discuss how the group operates, how it impacts individual states internally, and how those governments-and the United States-should respond to this growing phenomenon.
Date: August 21, 2017
When: 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Where: Atlantic Council, 12th floor