In an interview with Italian online newspaper Affaritaliani.it, EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo stresses the urge to agree on a strategy for tackling the issue of migration in the European Union and explains why the Bardo National Museum attack can be considered as an attack to Tunisia’s economy.
In an interview on Italy’s Rai Radio 1, EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo analyses the current situation in Tunisia, where political instability combined with weak economy creates a breeding ground for Islamist extremism.
A large, inner-city secondary school in Berlin reports on a visit from EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour who held a discussion for pupils about Islam and Islamism. The aim of the session was to engage pupils in a critical discussion about their values, as well as to raise awareness of radicalisation and fundamentalist strains of Islam.
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On 24 September 2014, the European Foundation for Democracy hosted a closed-door policy briefing on the threat and implications of the Caliphate, as announced by the so-called Islamic State. The speaker was EFD Senior Fellow Dr. Valentina Colombo, who examined the concept of Caliphate and analysed the latest developments in Syria and Iraq, including the implications for global and national security, as well as the internal debate within Islamist groups on perceptions of how to achieve the Caliphate.
According to Eleana Gordon, EFD Senior Advisor and founder of the Center for Liberty in the Middle East, presenting its latest initiative, the Institute of Online Activism at the World e-Democracy Forum in Issy-les-Moulineaux (Paris), 30 % of bloggers in the Middle East are women.