“The Islamic State” and the Situation in the Middle East

The Eighth Annual ISDP-AMS Joint Conference

This conference was made possible through the generous support of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden.

Alec Forss (ed.)
8th ISDP-AMS Joint Conference, “The Islamic State” and the Situation in the Middle East
CONFERENCE REPORT, June 30 2015, pp. 35

This report summarizes the presentations and discussions from the 8th ISDP-AMS Joint Conference held in Beijing on May 28-30, 2015. This year’s topic was entitled “‘The Islamic State’ and the Situation in the Middle East.” The disorder in the Middle East and the rise of Islamic State (IS), which has seen it control large parts of Iraq and Syria, is a pressing security and humanitarian concern not only for the region but the international community as a whole. Bringing together noted experts from Europe and China, this year’s conference sought to understand the emergence of IS within a broader context and to appraise the effectiveness of strategies to counter it.

May 28-30, 2015, Xiangshan Yihe Hotel, Beijing

Thursday, 28 May

Afternoon Registration

Welcome Reception speeches by:
Dr. Niklas Swanström, Director, ISDP
Maj. Gen. Wang WeiXing, Chief, Department of Foreign Military Studies, AMS

Friday, 29 May
08:40-09:00: Group Photo (Participants Only), in front of Meeting Room 3
09:00-09:20: Opening Speeches by: Dr. Niklas Swanström and Maj. Gen. Wang WeiXing

09:20-10:30: Session 1

Moderator: Niklas Swanström


  • Charlotte Jago: Impact of ISIL: The Security Environment in the Middle East
  • Zhang,Guifen: The Rise, Characteristics and Trend of ISIS
  • Q & A

10:30-10:50: Coffee Break

10:50-12:00: Session 2

Moderator: Li Shaoxian


  • Yin Gang: The Impact of Extreme Islam Ideology on China: Realistic Pressure and Historical Lesson
  • Fu Xiaoqiang: The Threat of “the Islamic State” and the Counter-terrorism Situation Facing China
  • Q & A

12:00-14:00: Lunch

14:00-15:30: Session 3

Moderator: Felix Kuehn


  • Li, Shaoxian: Why is it so Difficult to Reconstruct a New Order in ME?
  • Halil Karaveli: Turkey and ISIS
  • Wang, Guifang: The Impact of “The Islamic State” on Security Situation in Afghanistan
  • Q & A

15:30-15:50: Coffee Break

15:50-17:20: Session 4

Moderator:Liu Lin


  • Yu, Shujie: ISIS Development and Approaches to Strike ISIS
  • Felix Kuehn: Impact of ISIS in South Asia
  • Q & A

17:20-19:00: Dinner

Saturday, 29 May

09:00-10:30: Session 5

Moderator: Halil Karavelli


  • Georg Nachstheim: Military and inter-agency cooperation in facing militant insurgency
  • Liu Linzhi: The “Islamic State” and the Global Untraditional Security Challenges
  • Q & A

10:30.10:50: Coffee Break

10:50-12:00: Session 6

Moderator: Fu Xiaoqiang


  • Zheng,Shouhua: A Study on International Joint Effort against ISIS
  • Li, Xiang: Assessing US Military Strategy to Address ISIS
  • Q & A

12:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-17:00: Roundtable Discussion (Participants Only)

14:00-15:30  Roundtable Discussion

Moderator: Niklas Swanström

15:30-15:50: Coffee Break

15:50-17:00: Roundtable Discussion

Moderator: Yuan Yang

17:00-17:20: Closing Speeches

Niklas Swanström, Director, ISDP
Maj. Gen. Nie Songlai, Deputy Chief, Department of Foreign Military Studies, AMS

Farewell Dinner:Xishan No.1 (9th Floor), XiangshanYihe Hotel
Speeches by: Niklas Swanström, Director, ISDP
Maj. Gen. Nie Songlai, Deputy Chief, Department of Foreign Military Studies, AMS

Sunday, 31 May
Departure of the participants



Picture from the 6th Annual ISDP-AMS Joint Conference, “Security and Development in Afghanistan After 2014”