Works-in-Progress on Georgian fighters in Syria and Iraq

CRRC, ARISC and American Councils are pleased to announce the 7th talk of the Fall 2016 WiP series by Bennett Clifford on “Georgian foreign fighter deaths in Syria and Iraq: What can they tell us about overall recruitment trends?”

Bennett Clifford recently received a BA degree in Politics and International Affairs from Wake Forest University. He will start a MA degree in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University) in 2018. Previously, Bennett worked at the Program on Extremism at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security and the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS). His research interests include terrorism, sub-state conflict, counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism, with a focus on the Caucasus region. Currently, Ben is an International Fellow at CRRC-Georgia.

Click here to listen an interview Ben gave to Radio GIPA on his WIP Session


W-i-P is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place at the new office of CRRC-Georgia at Chkhikvadze St. 1 (former I. Chavchavadze Ave. 5). It is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All of the talks are free and open to the public.
The purpose of the W-i-P series is to provide support and productive criticism to those researching and developing academic projects pertaining the Caucasus region.

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