How to deconstruct the radical narrative? An alternative discourse of academics and activists of Muslim heritage

European Foundation for Democracy | Milan (Italy) |


On 23 March 2015, the European Foundation for Democracy, in cooperation with the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), organised a discussion on how Muslim academics and activists can best deconstruct the radical narrative that is increasingly proving so attractive to young Muslims across the Western world. The objective was to explore the different US and EU experiences and best practices on the most effective ways to achieve this and consider if there is a need for new and/or different approaches to be considered. This event was held at the Palazzo Clerici in Milan.

Guest Speakers:
Karima BENNOUNE, Professor of international law at the University of California – Davis School of Law

Elham MANEA, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies at Zurich University

Stefano TORELLI, ISPI Research Fellow

The Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) is an independent think tank dedicated to being a resource for government officials, business executives, journalists, civil servants, students and the public at large wishing to better understand international issues. Founded in Milan in 1934, ISPI carries out its mission by a sound pragmatic approach, based on monitoring geopolitical areas as well as major trends in international affairs. Comprehensive interdisciplinary analysis is ensured by close collaboration with specialists (not only academics) in political, economic, legal, historical and strategic studies and an ever-growing network of think tanks, research centres and Universities in Europe and abroad.

About European Foundation for Democracy

The European Foundation for Democracy (EFD) is a Brussels and Berlin-based policy institute that has been working with civil society, academic, governmental and other stakeholders on the prevention of radicalisation for more than a decade. Through our work with these organisations and groups, EFD’s goal is to ensure that the universal values of the Enlightenment – political pluralism, respect for individual rights, government by democracy – remain the founding precepts of European security and prosperity.

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