Panel Discussion: “After the Paris Attacks: What Must We Learn?”

Event_ParisAttacjsProf. Sima Godfrey—Department of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies—Moderator
Prof. Farid Laroussi— Department of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies
Prof. Max Cameron – Department of Political Science
Prof. Derek Gregory– Department of Geography
Prof. Alfred Hermida— School of Journalism

What started out as simple protests against the government in Syria has expanded to civil war and now an international crisis. Since the start of the conflict in 2011, several foreign states have taken stands behind and against factions on the ground, fueling a proxy war that draws even more powers into play between President Bashar al-Assad’s regime loyalists, the Free Syrian Army, Kurdish factions, al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.

Paris is only the latest large-scale attack that the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for in 2015. In 21 attacks outside of Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State has claimed to have killed more than 800 people.

This panel will explore where the attacks took place and the significance of the sites; the social, political, and economic dimensions of ISIS; how the attacks unfolded in social media; and the challenges to Western society.

This event is part of a Policy@UBC series, hosted by the Liu Institute for Global Issues in collaboration with the Institute for European Studies, the UBC School of Journalism, the Department of French Hispanic, and Italian Studies, the Department of Political Science, the Department of Geography, and the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions.

Coffee and tea will be served