The Islamic State success story - should we be concerned in Australia?

This talk is now booked out. It will be recorded and uploaded to on Thursday 13 November 2014.

The presentation looks at the rapid rise and phenomenal success of Islamic State (IS), both on the battlefield and in attracting foreign fighters to its ranks. The presentation considers the nature of IS, its organisation, motivations, and ambitions - and its relevance to Australia’s security. IS’s origins go back to 2003 and the occupation of Iraq by the US-led coalition that included Australia. By 2013, IS had become the dominant opposition combat force in Syria. Today its influence has transcended al-Qaeda’s among young Muslims in the West, and it has invaded and occupied much of northern Syria and western Iraq. The presentation considers what the future might hold for IS - and the implications for Australia.

Professor Clive Williams MG is a former Military and Defence intelligence officer. Since leaving Defence in 2002, he has run Masters courses at several Australian and overseas universities and worked in 15 countries, including Afghanistan and the Middle East. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the ANU’s Centre for Military and Security Law. He is a member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO), and is an Associate of the International Academy of Investigative Psychology (AIAIP).

This event is free and open to the public but seats are limited so secure your spot below.

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