Following the Brussels attacks on 22 March at Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station, our experts quickly responded by conducting interviews with mainstream media outlets such as CNN, BBC, MSNBC and SkyNews, providing analyses and guidance for how Belgium and the rest of Europe should respond
The Wall Street Journal (US)April 13, 2016
EFD Visiting Fellow Pieter Van Ostaeyen is mentioned in an article published by The Wall Street Journal on the organizers of the Brussels and Paris attacks. According to Van Ostaeyen it is unlikely that “the Bakraoui brothers had the operational knowledge.”
Unione degli Atei e Agnostici Razionalisti (Italy)April 13, 2016
EFD Fellow and Director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy Tehmina Kazi’s piece on Quillette Magazine “Why Charlie Hebdo was right to address the Brussels Attacks” is mentioned in an article published by the Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics (UAAR).
Washington DC (US)April 11, 2016
USCIRF held an event at the National Press Club on April 11, 2016 on countering religious hatred in Europe. The event featured a keynote address by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, a panel of European civil society leaders on the situation on the ground, their work, and best practices from their experiences, and remarks by USCIRF Commissioners.
Corriere Della Sera (Italy)April 8, 2016
EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo is mentioned in the well-known Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera: she discusses the on-going issue regarding investments in the non profit area from Arab countries and the effect this may have in fostering a radical interpretation of Islam among the local population.
POLITICO (Belgium)April 5, 2016
EFD Executive Director and Director of CEP Europe Roberta Bonazzi is quoted in an article in POLITICO, along with other experts, analysts and politicians, for their views on how Belgium should reflect and react following the Brussels attacks on 22 March.
The Financial Times (United Kingdom)April 4, 2016
EFD Senior Policy Advisor Alexander Ritzmann is quoted in The Financial Times for his views on the security failures which led to the Brussels attacks on 22 March and what he believes needs to occur to address them.
Setal (Senegal)April 3, 2016
EFD Senior Fellow Dr. Bakary Sambe is quoted by the Senegalese online newspaper Setal on the latest regarding terrorism in the West Africa region.
NTV (Turkey)April 1, 2016
EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Murat Seyrek is interviewed on NTV to discuss Salafism and the roots of this ideology in the Gulf region, in light of the terrorist attacks in Brussels on 22 March.
Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger (Germany)April 1, 2016
EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour is interviewed about political deficiencies that are hindering an effective strategy to prevent the radicalisation of young people. Mansour argues that while it is important to strengthen security measures after the most recent Islamist terrorist attacks, it is even more important to address the growing issue of radicalisation in schools.
Die Welt (Germany)March 31, 2016
An article in Die Welt discusses what makes young people want to become terrorists. EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour is mentioned in the article for his position that many Islamists are using religion only as a means to an end and that sudden advancement accompanied by the feeling of belonging to an elite is what the real temptation is.
ZDF (Germany)March 30, 2016
EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour is interviewed on ZDF zoom to discuss how young people become radicalised to the point of committing a terrorist attack. He explains how years of brainwashing can lead to a narrow worldview which in their mind justifies dehumanising others who do not share the same Islamist ideology.
USA Today (United States)March 30, 2016
EFD Senior Counsellor John Duhig is quoted in USA Today for his expertise on violent extremism and recruitment, in light of the 22 March Brussels attacks.
La Razón (Spain)March 29, 2016
EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo comments on the decision of the Belgian authorities to release Faycal Cheffou, one of the main suspects of the terror attacks of March 22.
NRC (Netherlands)March 29, 2016
NRC in the Netherlands writes about a policy briefing hosted by EFD and the European Policy Centre on 22 March, only hours after the terrorist attacks in Brussels. The article highlights in particular the contributions during the event of EFD Senior Fellow Bakary Sambe and EFD Senior Policy Advisor Alexander Ritzmann.