Wednesday 8th of February 2017,
2 pm at Qatar University
Administration Building (B01) – Conference Room


Since Paris’s tragedies at the hands of killers known as «jihadists», researchers have set themselves the task to identify the causes – and therefore the responsibilities – of the phenomenon.

The debate, led among many others by French researchers, thrives on the plurality of the fields involved as much as on the variety of the disciplinary approaches they mobilized.

At the heart of the differences, we find the onus placed one religious and ideological variables (such as Salafism) compared to the «psycho-social» variables (nihilism of youth delinquents).


Dr. François Burgat

CNRS senior researcher at the Institute for Research and Studies on the Arab and Muslim World (IREMAM) is a spec   ialist in Policital Islam, former head of the French Institute in the Near East (Ifpo, Damascus) and a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Without denying the part of ideological or psychosocial factors, his approach emphasizes  more «political» variables, in which the West’s  share of responsibility (through both its domestic and foreign policies) must be realistically assessed.

If the correlation between Western policies and  the temptation to join jihadism proves to be true/holds, it means that fighting against jihadism can be more effective by changing foreign or domestic policies paradigms rather than responding through a security approach or  a war against terror that  have clearly shown their limits.