After the "Caliphate"

Wednesday 23 January 2019 at 10 AM - 12 PM, in Conference Room 5, UNHQ.

The Global Center on Cooperative Security (Global Center), the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment (FFI), and the Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations are pleased to invite you to a panel discussion entitled “After the ‘Caliphate’.”

When: Wednesday 23 January 2019 at 10 AM - 12 PM.

Where: Conference Room 5, UNHQ.

Following the loss of most of its territorial control in Iraq and Syria, several heads of state declared the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to be defeated and the war against the group to be won. Yet, the group continues its activities in certain parts of Syria and Iraq and has expanded its operations in other conflict-affected countries such as Afghanistan. Likewise, al-Qaida and its affiliates continue to pose a serious threat, with some analysts concerned that the reduction in ISIL’s territorial control and numbers may pave the way for an al-Qaida resurgence. 

During this panel discussion at the United Nations Headquarters, international experts will reflect upon the current status of global terrorism following the fall of ISIL’s so-called Caliphate and discuss how different terrorist groups might evolve in the immediate future. They will also consider the consequences of the large foreign fighter mobilization to Syria and Iraq, and the challenges that these individuals pose to transit, third, and home countries.


10:00-10:10am Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:10-11:00am Panel Presentations 

  • Dr. Nelly Lahoud, Senior Fellow, International Security Program, New America
  • Dr. Anne Stenersen, Senior Research Fellow, FFI
  • Mr. Charles Lister, Director of Countering Terrorism & Extremism Program, Middle East Institute
  • Dr. Thomas Hegghammer, Senior Research Fellow, FFI

11:00am-12:00pm Q&A

Moderated by Mr. Eelco Kessels, Executive Director, Global Center


The meeting will be broadcasted live at

Conference Room 5