Understanding why youth fight in the Middle East: The case of Pankisi

Authors/editor(s): Mariam Amashukeli

From 2014 to 2016, the small Pankisi Gorge region of the Republic of Georgia experienced a phenomenon that saw a disproportionate number of young men travel to become foreign terrorist fighters with jihadist groups in the Middle East, including ISIS. This report explores how gender, age, and religious identity intersect to contribute to this phenomenon. It also explores the role women can play in the prevention of future young people traveling from the region to become jihadists.

The report draws conclusions that are aimed to help government authorities, local civil society, and international actors better understand highly localized phenomena and develop contextually appropriate responses.

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Bibliographic information

Geographic coverage: Arab States/North Africa; Europe and Central Asia; Georgia

Subject area(s): Conflict, war; Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Gender power relations; Men and boys (masculinity); Peace and security; Youth

Resource type: Research papers

UN Women office involved in publication: UN Women Headquarters

Publication year: 2019

Number of pages: 38

Publishing entities: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)