Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Followed by a cocktail reception
Herman Van Rompuy
President of the European Policy Centre
President Emeritus of the European Council
Commissioner for the Security Union
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of Security and the Interior of the Kingdom of Belgium
Gilles de Kerchove
EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator
Founder and President, European Foundation for Democracy
Executive Director, European Foundation for Democracy
Co-Chairman Communication and Narratives Working Group
Radicalisation Awareness Network
Senior Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre
We are delighted to invite you to attend this book launch. The event will present the final publication of The challenges of jihadist radicalisation in Europe and beyond, a research and event project developed by EFD in partnership with the European Policy Centre (EPC) and in cooperation with the Counter Extremism Project (CEP). Throughout 2016, a series of multi-stakeholder events looked at the various dimensions of jihadist radicalisation and the role of the European Union (EU) in tackling such an emerging and alarming phenomenon.
Against the background of the geographically and sectorally ubiquitous challenge posed by jihadist radicalisation, as clearly demonstrated by the murderous Brussels attacks on 22nd March 2016, EU Member States and institutions have adopted a number of measures over the past few months. However, despite public pressure related to the urgency of eradicating the terrorist threat, radicalisation remains a complex and multi-layered challenge which demands truly comprehensive and long-term policies. To meet this challenge, addressing some of the following, underlying questions, remains essential: How to effectively define radicalisation? What are the ultimate drivers of such a process? How to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable individuals and communities? How to counter extremist propaganda effectively? How does radicalisation concretely occur in key third countries and regions outside Europe, as well as in selected hotspots within Europe, such as in prisons, universities, mosques, or on the internet? What good practices and lessons learned can be identified and shared to tackle radicalisation in Europe? And how to move forward in facing such an insidious and multi-layered challenge?
The EFD-EPC book The challenge of jihadist radicalisation in Europe and beyond, which includes contributions from a number of well-established experts on the different dimensions of the issue, provides in-depth analysis and policy relevant recommendations to address these questions. The panel discussion will be followed by a reception at which Belgian Deputy Prime Minister, Jan Jambon, will make a key note address.
This launch event will take place on the anniversary of the 2016 Brussels attacks, providing an occasion to discuss avenues to prevent similar tragedies.