Foreign Fighters in the 2022 Russia-Ukraine War: An Assessment of Extremist Volunteers

This policy brief provides a risk assessment of the potential threats posed by violence-oriented extremists in the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war once they return to their prior countries of residence/homeland. The brief concludes with policy recommendations to quickly and comprehensive identify and share knowledge on this threat as well as disrupt the travel of violence-oriented extremists to Ukraine.

Authors: Alexander Ritzmann, Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler, and Sofia Koller


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Extremists: Their Words. Their Actions.


On May 27, 2018, Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamaah (ASWJ) militants carried out an attack in Monjane, Cabo Delgado in northern Mozambique. The assailants beheaded over 10 villagers.   

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