Magnus Ranstorp

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Foreign Policy Essay

The Foreign Policy Essay: Scandinavian Foreign Fighters—Trends and Lessons

Editor’s Note: Foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria are a bit of an obsession for those of us at the Foreign Policy Essay. In this contribution, we’re pleased to go deep on the problem in Scandinavia—a surprising, but important, contributor to the flow of Europeans going off to participate in jihad. Magnus Ranstorp, a well-known terrorism expert at the Swedish National Defence College, offers us an in-depth assessment of the Scandinavian problem, which exemplifies many of the challenges that Europe and the West in general face.