Syria between the West and other worlds

European Foundation for Democracy | Bologna (Italy) |


On 30 November 2015, the European Foundation for Democracy, in partnership with the European Law Students Association and the Counter Extremism Project, hosted a conference in Bologna, Italy, on the current conflict in Syria and its geopolitical implications. Among the panellists were EFD researcher Tommaso Virgili. Other panellists included leading geostrategic analysts, legal experts and diplomats, who provided a multifaceted insight on the Syrian crisis, its root causes and its legal and geopolitical implications.

Virgili warned of how Islamists of various sorts are taking advantage of the Syrian crisis through a number of different means. He stressed the danger of underestimating Islamist groups fighting Assad, while urging a response to the Wahhabi ideologues and Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated organisations that are exploiting the refugee crisis to advance a non-democratic agenda.

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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