Islam and Islamism: A discussion at our school about how we express our values

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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The ‘return of the Caliphate’

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.

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