EFD Senior Policy Advisor, Lorenzo Vidino’s research indicates that hisba, Islamic morality policing, is a relatively rare occurrence in Europe. Yet it’s mere presence should make it a serious concern to policymakers.
Analysis & Events
Brussels (Belgium)June 27, 2013
Together with MEP Santiago Fisas Ayxela (EPP, Spain), EFD hosted a panel discussion at the European Parliament on hisba, a form of Islamic morality policing, that has appeared in Europe. The occasion marked the launch of EFD’s study, Hisba in Europe authored by Senior Policy Advisor Lorenzo Vidino. The report assesses the prevalence of hisba in a number of European countries
Brussels (Belgium)June 18, 2013
On 18 June 2013, the European Foundation for Democracy hosted a closed-door policy briefing on the recently held presidential elections in Iran. The guest speaker was Mehdi Kalaji, Senior Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. During the briefing, Mr. Khalaji provided an analysis of the results of the elections, which took place on 14 June. He analysed the decision-making dynamics within the Islamic Republic, focusing on the roles of the supreme leader, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the President, in this process and assessed the potential implications of Iran’s nuclear policy and regional aspirations in a post-Ahmadinejad era.
Argentinian General Prosecutor Alberto Nisman presented a 500-page dossier providing evidence of the Iranian regime’s efforts at ‘infiltrating’ several South American countries ‘ New evidence of Iran’s destabilising influence across South America By Albany Tribune — (May 31, 2013) By Roberta Bonazzi EFD commends the work of Argentinian General Prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who this week presented a 500-page
Brussels (Belgium)April 16, 2013
In co-operation with the Centre for European Studies, EFD hosted a panel discussion on 16th April to assess the effectiveness of international sanctions on Iran. The speakers included Mark Dubowitz, a Washington-based expert who has advised the Obama administration and the U.S. Congress on Iran sanctions and nonproliferation issues and EU sanctions co-ordinator Francesco Fini, of the European External Action Service
Zenit (Italy)April 4, 2013
The tragic death of an 8 year-old girl sparks passing of Child Protection Law in the United Arab Emirates.
Jungle World (Germany)February 5, 2013
Bulgarian authorities have established a link between Hezbollah and the Burgas bus bombing. Former Iranian General Mohssen Rezai praises Lebanese Hezbollah as an organisation founded by Iranian revolutionaries.
Brussels (Belgium)January 21, 2013
EFD in co-operation with MEP Elisabetta Gardini (EPP, Italy), led a panel discussion at the European Parliament on radicalisation in the media on 23rd January. Guest speakers included Andrew Gilligan, the London Editor of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph. Andrew has extensively covered the rise of Islamism in Britain and British politics. Morten Skjoldager, is a journalist with Politiken, the largest Danish
At EFD, we transform ideas into action by informing European policymakers and thought leaders about the critical security issues related to our mission. In 2012, EFD and our fellows participated in over 55 events throughout Europe where we advanced our policy goals.
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In 2012, EFD fellows contributed over 120 pieces of analysis and commentary to media outlets across Europe.
Brussels (Belgium)November 14, 2012
EFD in co-operation with MEP Olle Schmidt (ALDE, Sweden) led a panel discussion at the European Parliament on radicalisation in schools and universities on 13th November. Speakers included EFD’s Programme Director, Ahmad Mansour and Senior Policy Advisor, Lorenzo Vidino as well as Rupert Sutton, Researcher with Student Rights in London, a non-partisan group dedicated to supporting equality, democracy and
Bonn (Germany)October 20, 2012
Pluralist societies and democratic states cannot allow young people to be indoctrinated by extremists. In common with youths of other backgrounds, young Muslims are threatened by religiously motivated extremism, with Salafists in Germany attempting to propagate their political ideology as “true Islam”. The European Foundation for Democracy and the Network for a New European Generation are
The Hague (Holland)June 21, 2012
‘Voices on the Rise: Afghan Women Making the News’ is an exhibition that explores the lives of Afghan women from the rare perspective of professional Afghan women. The exhibit shows how these trailblazing women are working towards the reconstruction of their country in a range of fields, including journalism, the arts, government, politics and human rights.
Brussels (Belgium)June 6, 2012
On 6 June 2012, the European Foundation for Democracy, in co-operation with MEP Franziska Brantner (Greens, Germany) and MEP Ana Gomes (S&D, Portugal), led a panel discussion at the European Parliament on the worsening crisis in Syria. The panel entitled was entitled ‘Syria: The Tipping Point. What now?’.
Following Paris, the UK, Canada, Indonesia and Brussels, the photojournalism exhibition ‘Voices on the Rise: Afghan women making the news’ was on show in Antwerp from 7th to 17th February 2012. The vernissage and exhibition was supported by the European Foundation for Democracy, the Mission of Afghanistan to the EU and the US Mission to the EU and was hosted by Antwerp Central Station.