The Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) is set up by the European Commission as an EU-wide umbrella network of practitioners engaged to prevent and counter radicalisation to violent extremism. RAN is a network of frontline or grassroots practitioners from around Europe who work daily with people who have already been radicalised, or who are vulnerable to radicalisation. In RAN Working Groups, frontline practitioners may share their extensive knowledge and first-hand experience with one another, and peer review each other’s practices. EFD Executive Director Alexander Ritzmann is the chair of the “Communication and Narratives” Working Group.
The European Policy Center (EPC) and the European Foundation for Democracy are hosting a series of joint policy briefings in collaboration with the Counter Extremism Project and the Italian Institute for International Political Studies. These policy dialogues focus on the issue of radicalisation in Europe and will be followed by the publication of a book on the challenges of Jihadist radicalisation and Europe’s response.
EPC is a leading independent, non-profit think tank based in Brussels that aims at fostering European integration through analysis and debate, and providing a platform for engaging partners, stakeholders and citizens in EU policy-making.
The Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) is a non-profit think tank based in Milan and specialised in international affairs. ISPI and the European Foundation for Democracy have collaborated in the organisation of events and in the publication of reports on jihadist radicalisation (Home-grown jihadism in Italy, Jihadist Hotbeds).
TRENDS Research & Advisory is an independent and progressive research center, based in Abu Dhabi – UAE, building a global network of research associates. TRENDS aims to help improve policies and decision-making processes through rigorous research and analysis.
TRENDS explores beyond-news-agendas and delves into the underlying variables influencing policy-makers to predict future opportunities and challenges, through our network of international experts. Their analysis, which serves as a primary resource for leaders and policy-makers in governments and organizations, covers vital global, regional and country-specific matters. Their experts work to create innovative solutions to confront crucial regional and international trajectories by analyzing and advancing trends.
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) is a non-profit global organisation headquartered in Washington, D.C. and dedicated to fostering the new generation of foreign policy leaders. YPFP and the European Foundation for Democracy have collaborated on a number of events on topics such as the Syrian crisis and online radicalisation.
The Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security (BIGS) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit institute in Potsdam with the mission of building bridges between theory and practice to improve research in civil security through a multi- and interdisciplinary approach. By bringing together domestic and international multipliers from politics, the business sector, public administration, the media and academia, BIGS develops innovative strategies and solutions for contemporary civil security challenges and respective research questions.
The Muslim Forum Germany (MFD) is a federation of liberal, secular Muslim intellectuals that seeks to contribute to the debate among German policy makers on migration, integration and radicalisation prevention. Founded in April 2015, MFD’s members have backgrounds in media, academia and the law. MFD argues that the majority of German Muslims is underrepresented within existing associations, their goal is to provide another perspective for national policy makers. In July 2015, EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour was elected Chairperson of MFD.
The Timbuktu Institute is a Dakar-based think tank dedicated to upholding the values of peace and freedom of thought with the aim of enhancing cultural resources in West Africa. EFD Senior Fellow Bakary Sambe is the Director of the Institute and founder of its Observatoire des Radicalismes et Conflits Religieux en Afrique (ORCRA), through which the Institute provides expert advice to international, government and regional organisations.
Fachstelle für Gewaltprävention, Extremismus und Krisenintervention der Stadt Zürich
The city of Zurich’s department for the prevention of violence, extremism and crisis intervention is the first contact point on the issue of violence prevention, extremism and radicalism. Having worked on these subjects for many years, the department has gathered extensive know-how as well as a large network of partners, both on a national and international level. Advanced trainings and further education programs are carried out in close cooperation with the city’s police corps, always sending this clear message: “Violence is not a means of communication and must be rejected as a form of conflict resolution.
Schweizerisches Institut für Gewalteinschätzung (SIFG)
The Swiss Institute of Violence Assessment is a platform for objective dialogue on the topic of violence, including youth violence, extremism and radicalisation. It promotes networking and encourages interdisciplinary collaboration. Stakeholders and clients are government agencies (federal offices, cantons, local authorities, schools, police, etc.), businesses and professionals (such as in educational institutions and youth-work settings). The SIFG is an independent charitable organisation based in Switzerland that operates on a not-for-profit basis.
The International Press Institute (IPI)
The International Press Institute is a global network of editors, journalists and media executives who share a common dedication to quality, independent journalism. Together, they promote the conditions that allow journalism to fulfill its public function, the most important of which is the media’s ability to operate free from interference and without fear of retaliation. Their mission is to defend media freedom and the free flow of news wherever they are threatened.
IPI is an association of media professionals representing leading digital, print and broadcast news outlets in more than 120 countries. IPI members work cooperatively to shape debate on policies affecting the media and to push back against those seeking to restrict the free flow of news and information in order to protect political, economic or other interests.
The Center for Advanced Studies FIT
The Center for Advanced Studies FIT is a non-profit organization based in Pristina, Republic of Kosovo. The mission of the organization is to improve the position of youth, students, teachers, and parents through research, advocacy, education, and awareness raising. Our experience includes work on promotion of safe and responsible use of internet, anti-corruption, and countering violent extremism.