Building peace in the minds of men and women

Internet and the Radicalization of Youth: Preventing, Acting and Living Together

Mon, 31 Oct - 14:00 to 15:00

Session 2 - Testimonies of Young People and Families Directly Affected by Violent Radicalization

Mubin Shaikh

Former Extremist turned Counterterrorism Operative & Expert (Canada)

Mubin Shaikh was born and raised in Canada where an identity crisis at 18 and a chance encounter with the Taliban in Pakistan (1995) set him on the extremist path. The attacks of 9/11 forced him to reconsider his views. He moved to Syria (2002-2004) where a careful study of Arabic and Islamic Studies brought about his deradicalization. Returning to Canada in 2004, he was recruited by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to conduct CLASSIFIED infiltration operations online and on the ground. He then traversed to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) in the “Toronto 18” case (2006) and spent the next four years in five legal hearings in the Superior Court of Ontario. From 2012-2015, he engaged ISIS and Al Qaeda linked foreign fighters and supporters on social networks.

He is considered an expert in various areas related to national security, has a Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (MPICT, Macquarie) and is currently a Ph. D candidate in Psychological Sciences, Tactical Decision Making Research Unit at the University of Liverpool.