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Second Global Security Forum:

15-16 October 2019

We are pleased to announce the dates for the 2019 Global Security Forum, to take place from 15-16 October in Doha, Qatar. This year the conference will explore the security challenges posed by the proliferation of modern disinformation and the serious implications this has in an increasingly interconnected world. This invite-only event will convene officials and experts from across the world, to include governments, technology platforms, media, advertising & marketing agencies, academia, think tanks, and international organizations. Please mark your calendars and updates for this unique event coming soon.

Recap of the 2018 Inaugural Global Security Forum: Returning Foreign Fighters

Thank you to all who supported our inaugural Global Security Forum, the Forum on Returning Foreign Fighters: Policies and Actions to Address the Threat and Protect Vulnerable Communities, held in Doha, Qatar from 30-31 October 2018. The Forum could not have been such a success without your participation. We were honored to convene officials and experts from over 60 countries for the event, which included Ministers, Ambassadors, heads of intelligence agencies, counter-terrorism practitioners, policy analysts, human rights experts, academics, researchers, internationally recognized journalists, and members of the film industry. It was truly a multi-stakeholder event. The Forum was was live-streamed by Al Jazeera and was simultaneously translated between Arabic and English, to ensure the conversation was accessible to those in the region or watching on satellite television across the globe. Individual attendees represented numerous countries, from Mali to Malaysia, China to Canada, and everywhere in between. As we prepare for our 2019 Forum, we are honored to share the key takeaways, policy outcomes and impact of our inaugural 2018 Global Security Forum.

Policy & Impact

United Nations Security Council: The discussions and issues raised during the Forumcontributed to the negotiations of the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee in the development of the Addendum to the Madrid Guiding Principles. The Committee and its Executive Directorate drew on their ongoing dialogue and engagement with the research community, including exchanges during the Forum on Returning Foreign Fighters.

European Parliament: The Soufan Center was honored to participate in a roundtable discussion at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, on ‘How to Effectively Fight Terrorist Threats,’ hosted by Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Ramona M?nescu. 

Global Counter-Terrorism Forum (GCTF): The Soufan Center was honored to present the findings and recommendations from the 2018 Forum on Returning Foreign Fighters at the GCTF’s Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF) Working Group Plenary Meeting, held in Malaga, Spain on 12 March 2019.

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