On 30 September 2015, the European Foundation for Democracy organised two policy briefings in Washington D.C. to present three studies on the issue of radicalisation in a number of countries, particularly focusing on the European eastern and southern neighbourhoods. The panel included EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo, who presented the case for Tunisia with a report entitled Tunisia, a nascent democracy under siege; EFD Researcher Tommaso Virgili, who presented a report on Secularism in Azerbaijan and the threat of radicalisation in the region; and EFD Adjunct Fellow Arturo Varvelli of ISPI (Italian Institute for International Political Studies), who discussed his report on Libya’s fight for survival: defeating jihadist networks.
The reports identify patterns and trends, as well as specific local and regional developments, in order to provide a comprehensive assessment of the situation on the ground and provide specific recommendations for policy makers.
Participants included government officials from various departments and agencies, members of Washington-based think tanks and organisations, as well as academics and scholars. The first briefing was held at the Foundation for Defence of Democracies, the second at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.