Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, UK, January 2019 (TBC)
Description: The United States Department of State’s Chemical Security Program is organizing a series of two-day conferences on combatting chemical threats from returning foreign fighters. Tentatively scheduled for January 2019, the inaugural conference will convene stakeholders from government, law enforcement, chemical industry, and academic sectors to develop best practices for strengthening chemical security and addressing the terrorism threat posed by returning foreign fighters. These conferences seek to build the capacity of cross-sector stakeholders from Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) countries, including Algeria, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, and Turkey to detect indicators of chemical attack planning, preparation, and execution. Tentative locations for these conferences include Vienna, Brussels, Paris, Berlin, and London. In addition to MENA participants, local European stakeholders from law enforcement, government, industry, and academia will be invited to attend these conferences. European participants will network and share perspectives with their MENA counterparts, leading to the exchange of ideas for combatting the shared chemical terrorism threat posed by returning ISIS fighters in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.
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