Episode 32, Part I – Returning Foreign Fighters: Issue, Context and Policy Approaches

Guest: Phil Gurski, CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting

About: As ISIS continues to lose ground in Syria and Iraq, Canada like other countries who saw their citizens head to other countries as foreign fighters have to now address the threat of some of these foreign fighters coming back. Internationally, according to Soufan Centre, 5,600 ISIS fighters have returned Iraq and Syria to their countries of origin. This includes about 400 of the 3,417 fighters from Russia, 760 of the 3,244 from Saudi Arabia, 800 of the 2,926 from Tunisia, 271 of the 1,910 from France, and 425 of the 850 people from the UK. What threat, if any, do these returning foreign fighters pose to Canada? To other countries? How should governments practically approach this issue?

Left to Right: Phil Gurski and Mitch Robitaille

Phil Gurski is the CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting, who worked as a strategic analyst in the Canadian intelligence community for over 30 years and specializes in radicalization and homegrown Al Qaeda/Islamic State/Islamist-inspired extremism.

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