ICCT Live Briefing: Foreign Fighters in Ukraine: Myths and Realities

On March 31, 2022, the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism hosted an online Live Briefing about the myths and realities of foreign fighters in Ukraine. 

The Live Briefing featured a roundtable discussion by leading experts on the ongoing response of foreign fighters, volunteers, and legions to the invasion of Ukraine. The speakers situated the nature of foreign mobilization by various actors and its implications in the short and long term. The growing threat of right-wing extremism as a global challenge was also discussed in the context of the war.

Moderator: 

Dr. Eviane Leidig – Research Fellow in Current and Emerging Threats at ICCT.

Speakers:

Kacper Rekawek – Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) at University of Oslo.

Michael Colborne – Journalist at Bellingcat.

Related Readings:

Weijenberg, G. and de Roy van Zuidewijn, J. The Forgotten Front: Dutch Fighters in Ukraine. Perspective, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism , 16 July 2021.

Bakker, E., Reed, A., and J. de Roy van Zuijdewijn. “Pathways of Foreign Fighters: Policy Options and Their (Un)Intended Consequences”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism- The Hague 6, no. 1 (2015).

De Roy van Zuijdewijn, J. “The Foreign Fighters’ Threat: What History Can(not) Tell Us” Perspectives on Terrorism 8, no. 5 (2014).