THE IRAS INSTITUTE 25 Jul 2016 21:08 -------------------------------------------------- Title : EVENT: Roots and Causes of Rising Extremism in Central Asia and its consequence on Iran’s National Security -------------------------------------------------- Text : Date: July 26, 2016 Time: 18:00 to 20:00 (GMT +3:30) Venue: IRAS Conference Center, Tehran, Iran Speakers: Rasoul Mousavi, Former Iran s Ambassador to Tajikistan; Senior Fellow, IRAS Mohsen Haidarnia, Former Iran s Cultural Counselor to Kazakhstan; Senior Fellow, IRAS Hamidreza Azizi, Assistant Professor at Shahid Beheshti University; Fellow, IRAS Presider: Davood Kiani, First Deputy Director, IRAS Description: The military and technical capacities of Daesh have been weakened by series of defeats on the battlefield. As a result, some fighters who fought on the side of the so-called Caliphate have begun to return clandestinely to Central Asia. Following the liberation of Fallujah and Manbij in Iraq and Aleppo in Syria, the number of extremists returning to their home countries is increasing. With the return of these now-veterans fighters, the threat of terrorist attacks has increased, causing deep concerns among the Central Asian governments. The board will discuss the origins and reasons of growing extremism in Central Asia and then they will scrutinize its implications on Iran s national security. Attendance at this event is by invitation only.