At a time when Europe grapples with the fallout of the post-Islamic State ‘caliphate,’ including the fate of its foreign fighters and their families — along with Islamist radicals in European prisons (some set to be freed this year) — AAPA members met with leading jihadist expert Farhad Khosrokhavar.

Iranian-born Khosrokhavar is a sociologist and research director at the Paris-based Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). He has written a number of books and studies on radicalization and Islam, most recently Le Nouveau Jihad en Occident (2018). Farhad has done extensive research on jihadism in prisons in France and in the UK.

France has been Western Europe’s biggest exporter of fighters to Iraq and Syria. Like its European counterparts, France is confronted with the problem of how to deal with the partners and children who have returned to the fighters’ country of origin.

Text and photos by Thomas Haley