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The UN Security Council voted on a resolution on foreign terrorist fighters at the 69th General Assembly in New York in September 2014. Courtesy of Anthony Behar/DPA/PA Images

What’s in a Name? Proposing New Typologies for ‘Foreign Fighters’

Mark Sexton
RUSI Journal, 1 December 2017
Politicians, the media and the public remain intensely focused on terrorism and the potential threat posed by ‘foreign fighters’ returning from Syria and Iraq.

To aid research and understanding of this phenomenon, Mark Sexton offers a new definition of ‘foreign fighters’ and proposes typologies for classifying those involved and their possible post-conflict pathways.

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