Events

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International terrorism: a new approach and new strategies

On 24 March 2015, the European Foundation for Democracy, in cooperation with the Università degli Studi di Brescia, the European Law Student’s Association and Amnesty International, organised a discussion on preventing radicalisation, terrorism and violent extremism. The objective of the conference was to see how Muslim academics and activists can best deconstruct the radical narrative – increasingly attractive to young Muslims across the Western world – as a means to tackle the terrorist threat.


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How to deconstruct the radical narrative? An alternative discourse of academics and activists of Muslim heritage

On 23 March 2015, the European Foundation for Democracy, in cooperation with the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), organised a discussion on how Muslim academics and activists can best deconstruct the radical narrative that is increasingly proving so attractive to young Muslims across the Western world. This event was held at the Palazzo Clerici in Milan.


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Morocco: a perspective on the current regional security challenges

On 18 March 2015, the European Foundation for Democracy hosted a closed-door policy briefing to discuss current regional security challenges that are plaguing Morocco. The guest speaker was Youssef Amrani, Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the King of Morocco and a highly regarded diplomat and politician in the international foreign policy arena.


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How can Western societies protect their citizens from ‘blow-back’ terrorist attacks?

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?”.


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Somaliland: building security in the Horn of Africa

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.


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The debate: how radical is Islam really?

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.


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Iran’s nuclear programme: a deal by the November deadline?

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.


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Syrian and Israeli NGOs cooperate on humanitarian aid crisis


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De-radicalising foreign fighters: comparing EU and US practices

On 23 September 2014, the European Foundation for Democracy, in cooperation with the US Mission to the EU, organised a panel discussion on EU and US practices for de-radicalising foreign fighters. The event was hosted by Andrey Kovatchev MEP and took place at the European Parliament, Brussels.


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Iran – As the 20th July deadline looms what remains to secure a nuclear deal?

On 25 May 2014, the European Foundation for Democracy hosted a closed-door briefing to discuss the remaining challenges of securing the Iran nuclear deal as the 20 June deadline rapidly approaches.The expert speakers were Olli Heinonen, former Deputy Director General of the IAEA, the International Atomic Energy Agency and Senior Fellow at the Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, as well as Reuel Marc Gerecht, Iran expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, FDD, in Washington DC and former Middle East CIA case officer.


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Press freedom in Iran: what is the reality of reporting within the Islamic Republic today?

On 14 May 2014, the European Foundation for Democracy and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty hosted a closed-door policy briefing on press freedom in Iran and the realities faced by the media on the ground. The guest speakers were Benyamin Sadr, Mohammad Reza Yazdanpanah and Armand Mostofi; three Iranian Journalists, two of whom are recipients of 2013 –2014 Vaclav Havel Fellowship. Both relocated to Prague in July 2013 to take up the Fellowship with Radio Farda, RFE/RL’s Persian-language service. The third journalist is a Director of Radio Farda.


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Iran: How companies in Europe are evading sanctions

A briefing co-hosted by MEPs Andrzej Grzyb, Vice-chair, Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI), and Andrey Kovatchev, Vice-chair, Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET), in cooperation with No Peace without Justice (NPWJ). The briefing featured the US-based Iran experts Simon Henderson (The Washington Institute for Near East Policy) and Emanuele Ottolenghi (Foundation for Defense of Democracies). They described how


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