On 28 January 2015, the European Foundation for Democracy, in cooperation with the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, hosted a policy briefing with Tunne Kelam MEP, Michael Benhamou, Toufik Bouarfa and Nasser Weddady on “How can Western societies protect citizens from ‘blow-back’ terrorist attacks?”.
On 22 January 2015, the European Foundation for Democracy hosted a closed-door briefing to discuss the security challenges which are impeding stability throughout the Horn of Africa and what Somaliland is doing to improve security in the region. The guest speakers were Somaliland Foreign Minister Dr. Mohamed Behi Yonis and Development and Planning Minister Dr. Saad Ali Shire. During the briefing the speakers enagaged with Brussels-based diplomats and officials on the active role Somaliland is playing in building security in the Horn of Africa. The Ministers also set out how Somaliland is working with regional and international partners in the fight against terrorism, piracy and extremism in the region.
On 16 December 2014, the European Foundation for Democracy hosted a closed-door policy briefing on the Syrian crisis to discuss possible next steps for diplomacy and action to mitigate the conflict. The guest speaker for the event was Hadi al-Bahra, President of the Syrian National Coalition.
In a series of debates hosted by Germany’s Friedrich Ebert Foundation, EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour discusses Islam and radicalisation with Ender Cetin, a representative from the Sehitlik Mosque in Berlin, and Heide Oestreich, editor of the Tageszeitung newspaper.
On 15 October 2014, the European Foundation for Democracy, in cooperation with the European Leadership Network, hosted a policy briefing with Dr. Bruno Tertrais on Iran’s nuclear programme at the House of Commons in London. The briefing was chaired by Lord David Hannay.
On 14 October 2014, the European Foundation for Democracy organised a policy briefing with Dr. Bruno Tertrais on Iran’s nuclear programme and the prospects of a deal by the 24th November deadline. This event was hosted by Tunne Kelam MEP (EPP/Estonia) and took place at the European Parliament, Brussels.