Research has shown that building trust with vulnerable communities is a key component to countering radicalisation. We brought senior European and US policymakers and thought leaders together to exchange best practices.
Analysis & Events
The Henry Jackson Society (UK)February 4, 2014
Al-Qa’ida, Hamas and Lashkar-e-Ta’iba claim that their violent actions are supported within the four traditional schools of Sunni Islamic jurisprudence, and that traditional Islam itself mandates a jihadist view of scripture. A Guide to Refuting Jihadism counters these theological claims by demonstrating that their arguments are not based on Islamic consensus or traditionally recognised interpretations of classical Islamic sources.
Henry Jackson Society (UK)February 4, 2014
As part of our longstanding efforts to support European Muslims who are countering radical Islam, EFD is disseminating A Guide to Refuting Jihadism within Muslim communities in Britain and Europe. The guide presents scripturally sound theological arguments that contradict core tenets of jihadist beliefs.
La Croix (France)January 28, 2014
La Croix, one of France’s oldest and most respected newspapers, published an article that recognises the importance of our work to empower European Muslims who promote democratic values such as freedom of thought, pluralism and respect for individual freedoms.
Brussels (Belgium)December 4, 2013
EFD hosted French nuclear non-proliferation expert Bruno Tertrais for briefings on Iran’s interim nuclear deal with the E3/EU+3. Bruno Tertrais, who is a senior fellow at the Paris-based Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, described the deal as ‘Not Munich, but not Camp David either.’ He explained that the interim agreement is ‘… not historic or even well written and will
Al-Arabiya (Dubai)November 10, 2013
EFD fellow Anna Borshchevskaya notes in her latest op-ed for Al-Arabiya that “Diplomacy cannot succeed so long as the Iranian regime is driven by an ideology that, at its core, is in an existential conflict with liberal democratic values”. Video footage captured by Syrian rebels suggests that Iran’s involvement in the Syrian conflict goes beyond sending advisors
Brussels (Belgium)September 25, 2013
On 25 September, EFD hosted a series of closed-door and public briefings where EU and US officials discussed their approaches to countering radicalisation and how to address this threat. The Ambassadors of Kenya and Somalia to the EU attended our closed-door briefing along with over 30 high-level EU and non-EU diplomats. Our briefing at the European Parliament, hosted by a German MEP, and our media briefing, were similarly well attended.
Brussels (Belgium)July 10, 2013
On 10 July 2013, the European Foundation for Democracy and the Centre for European Studies hosted a panel debate on the extent that international sanctions against Iran are working, as intended, following the presidential elections. The guest speakers were Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington, DC and MEP Lena Kolarska-Bobińska.
EFD reportJune 30, 2013
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.
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.