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Faculté des sciences sociales
Pavillon Charles-De Koninck
1030, av. des Sciences-Humaines
Local 3456-E
Québec (Québec) G1V 0A6


Midi de science politique

Le Département de science politique, la Chaire de recherche sur la démocratie et les institutions parlementaires, le Centre d'analyse des politiques publiques, le Groupe de recherche en communication politique et l'APEUL vous invitent à assister à la conférence de Nil Satana.

La conférence s'intitule : «Transnationalization of Domestic Terrorism: Religion as a Strategic Tool?».

Domestic terrorist groups pledging allegiance to and/or branching out from Al-Qaida, such as AQAP (Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula), the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Haqqani network, where Osama bin Laden started out his career, are on the rise. It seems that local groups are no longer satisfied with the ideological and material limitations of working within domestic environment of their home country. They, instead, are looking for ways to carry their organization to the next level i.e. transnationalize.

As transnational terrorism is increasingly perceived as a global threat to states and the international system, religion has become the usual suspect in terrorism studies. The question we try to answer in this presentation is why does a domestic terrorist organization choose to evolve into a transnational organization? Is religion an independent factor in transnationalization of domestic terrorism or is it only used as a strategic tool along with other factors that the terrorism literature has neglected to bring in the equation?

Building on Satana, Inman and Birnir (2013), we argue that religion as a variable becomes relevant when it is strategically used by organizations when the country experiences a civil war and the domestic political environment is rather repressive of religious and other freedoms. We test our argument with Turkey’s IBDA-C and Algeria’s AQIM to show how one successfully transnationalized while the other failed to do so and withered away. Overall, domestic organizations need to evolve and transnationalize for survival regardless of what religious paradigm they are working with to recruit militants. We discuss the implications of this argument for organizations such as ISIS.

Au plaisir de vous y voir!

Un léger lunch sera servi.

Date et heure
Lundi 4 avril 2016 de 11 h 45 à 13 h

Université Laval, pavillon De Koninck, salle 3244