Events

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Media’s critical mass for democracy

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek participated in a panel discussion entitled “Media’s critical mass for democracy” hosted by the Media Forum North Rhine-Westfalia. Together with other experts from affected regions such as Russia and Turkey, Seyrek discussed the consequences of a state which enforces limitations of freedom of expression and press for society and journalism, as well as strategies to counter these developments.


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Shari’a courts in Europe – the case of the UK: A legal lifeline for communities or a convenient tool for creating parallel societies?

On 25 May, the European Foundation for Democracy and the Counter Extremism Project hosted a closed-door policy briefing for EU diplomats and officials entitled: “Shari’a courts in Europe – the case of the UK: A legal lifeline for communities or a convenient tool for creating parallel societies?”. The guest speaker was Elham Manea, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies at Zurich University and member of the CEP Advisory Board.


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The Brussels terror attacks – Lessons learned and challenges ahead for Europe

On 14 April 2016, the European Foundation for Democracy and the European Policy Centre, in collaboration with the Counter Extremism Project, hosted a policy dialogue to discuss the rise of the radicalisation phenomenon in Europe and the manifold consequences for European security and integration policies.


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Radicalisation in the Sahel: threats and opportunities for the EU

On 7 April 2016, the European Foundation for Democracy and the Counter Extremism Project hosted a closed-door policy briefing for EU diplomats and officials entitled: “Radicalisation in the Sahel: threats and opportunities for the EU”. The guest speaker was EFD Senior Fellow Dr. Bakary Sambe who is also the Director of the Observatory on Religious Radicalism and Conflicts in Africa.


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Defining the phenomenon of jihadist radicalisation: Local and global drivers and catalysts

On 22 March 2016, the European Foundation for Democracy and the European Policy Centre, in collaboration with the Counter Extremism Project and Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), hosted a closed-door policy dialogue to discuss the phenomenon of jihadist radicalisation with a particular focus on local and global drivers and catalysts.


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The Syrian crisis: the view from the frontline

On March 16, the European Foundation for Democracy and the Counter Extremism Project hosted a closed door policy briefing to discuss the on-going crisis in Syria, in collaboration with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. The guest speaker was Bassam Al-Kuwatli, a Syrian activist currently based in Gaziantep, southern Turkey.


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Beyond emergency aid: long-term integration strategies for Syrian refugees

On 3 March 2016, EFD Executive Director Roberta Bonazzi moderated an event at the European Parliament on integration strategies of Syrian refugees, in light of the largest migrant crisis facing Europe since WWI. This conference examined ways that civil society, NGOs, government and the private sector can cooperate to address the complex needs of refugees. The conference was co-hosted by the Maya Foundation, Friends of Turkey in the European Parliament and Project Lift. The host was MEP Ernest Maragall of the European Free Alliance/Greens political party.


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Iran: challenges and opportunities following the nuclear deal

On 2 March 2016, the European Foundation for Democracy hosted a closed-door briefing to discuss what challenges and opportunities exist following the nuclear deal with Iran. The two guest speakers were Nima Rashedan and Shadi Sadr who provided their expertise and offered recommendations for better EU engagement with Iran, following the ratification of the nuclear deal.


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Turkey-EU deal on refugees: domestic and foreign policy implications

On 29 February 2016, the European Foundation for Democracy hosted a closed-door policy briefing for EU diplomats and officials entitled: “Turkey-EU deal on refugees: domestic and foreign policy implications”. The guest speaker was an associate professor of political science and international relations at Okan University in Istanbul, where she also contributes to the European Union Research Center.


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A Syrian perspective on the EU’s response to the refugee crisis

On 27 January 2016, the European Foundation for Democracy, in collaboration with the Counter Extremism Project, hosted a closed-door policy briefing for EU diplomats and officials which offered a Syrian perspective on the EU’s response to the refugee crisis. The guest speaker was a Syrian activist currently based in Gaziantep, southern Turkey.


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Picking up the pieces after Paris: root causes and possible solutions to the radicalisation challenge

On 9 December, the European Policy Centre, the European Foundation for Democracy and the Counter Extremism Project hosted a policy briefing on dealing with the radicalisation challenge. Experts deliberated the root causes of radicalisation – the pervasive ideology, radical preachers urging jihad, and the hijacking of religion – and how these interact with factors such as culture, identity and socio-economic conditions


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