AUDIO – Listening to ISIS
This is an audio recording of the talk “What drives terrorism, and how should we respond?” given to OPUS by Dr Rizwaan Sabir on 12 October 2016.
By drawing on his research on the UK’s “War on Terror”, Rizwaan Sabir argues that the threat of terrorism committed by the likes of ISIS and al-Qaida has been misdiagnosed as being primarily motivated by religious ideology rather than the political.
In turn, policies and practices have been implemented in the UK (and Europe & the US more broadly) which do not reduce insecurity and conflict but generate the conditions which increase the risk of terrorism, conflict, and political violence. He will explore how and why this happens, and there will be time for a discussion on potential psycho-social factors.