ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF UNIVERSITY OF RUSE AND UNION OF SCIENTISTS
Thematic field: EUROPEAN STUDIES AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Subfield: POLITICAL SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
Moderator: Assoc.prof. Mimi Kornazheva, PhD
Key note speaker: Prof. Vladimir Chukov, DSc, author of the book "DAESH, a (Non)-Islamic state"
Special guest: Lyuben Kozarev, publisher of the book and director of "East-West" publishing house
Abstract: The Round Table provides a discussion on ISIS, the terrorist organization, which is considered an Islamist Frankenstein on the international arena. Since the Paris attacks last November, instead of ISIS, 'Daesh' has been used with increasing frequency by world leaders and the media.
The key note speaker, Prof. Vladimir Chukov, will outline the social, tribal, and regional layers of Islamist radicalism as a raison d'être for the emergence of the terrorist organization. Further on, he will highlight the force majeure circumstances, which are associated with the transformation of the initial mafia gang into local powerful militias with proto-government structures. He will refer to the military success of the organization as a result of its effective recruitment of a large number of Saddam Hussein's military men, who are seeking for revenge, and who are much better financed. Last, but not least he will make it clear, that the military have been attracting the theologians rather than vice versa. On such grounds he will conclude, that this terrorist organization is to be distinguished from Al Qaeda: ISIS is both a military and political project, while Al Qaeda is a religious and an imaginary one.