Returning foreign fighters and countering violent extremism – De…

This week, on Perspective with Alison Smith: Returning foreign fighters and countering violent extremism.

Alison speaks to Raffaello Pantucci, director of International Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies in London, about what the loss of physical territory in the Middle East means for the future of ISIS.

Stephanie Carvin, assistant professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, talks to Alison about the Canadian government’s approach to returning foreign fighters and the best response to the threat of violent extremism.

Benjamin Ducol, research manager at the Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization leading to Violence in Montreal, talks about what the centre is doing at the local level to combat violent radicalization.

Finally, we hear from Christianne Boudreau, whose son Damian converted to Islam and died in Syria fighting with ISIS.

Alison Smith

Alison Smith is one of Canada’s best known and respected broadcast journalists. As an anchor and reporter for more than three decades, she was a senior award-winning member of the CBC News team. She has reported from every Canadian province and territory and across the globe.

She has hosted a wide range of network TV and radio news programs including The National, CBC News Morning and CBC Radio’s The World at Six. As a live news anchor, reporter and foreign correspondent, some of the stories she has covered include the September 11th attacks, the death of Princess Diana, elections in Israel, South Africa and Mexico and as Washington correspondent, she covered the historic election of US President Barack Obama.

She is a multiple Gemini nominee and has won international recognition for her work including a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media, a Friendship Award from South African Women for Women, and was named a Woman of Achievement by Hadassah-WIZO Canada. She was educated at the University of British Columbia and Ryerson University. She is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Okanagan University College (now UBC Okanagan).