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European Foundation for Democracy

Biography

The European Foundation for Democracy (EFD) is a Brussels and Berlin-based policy institute that has been working with civil society, academic, governmental and other stakeholders on the prevention of radicalisation for more than a decade. Through our work with these organisations and groups, EFD’s goal is to ensure that the universal values of the Enlightenment – political pluralism, respect for individual rights, government by democracy – remain the founding precepts of European security and prosperity.
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Analysis & Events


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EU- Iran relations after the nuclear deal

The signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between Iran and global powers on 14 July 2015 was a major turning point in the emerging strategic landscape of the Middle East. The ‘nuclear deal’ led to the lifting by the EU and the US of nuclear-related sanctions and is now operational.


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Anti-Semitism is widespread in Molenbeek

Following last week’s policy briefing on the Brussels’ terror attacks: lessons learned and challenges ahead of Europe, the European Foundation for Democracy, that organised the event alongside the European Policy Center and the Counter Extremism Project, is mentioned by the European Jewish Press.


Events

The Brussels terror attacks – Lessons learned and challenges ahead for Europe

On 14 April 2016, the European Foundation for Democracy and the European Policy Centre, in collaboration with the Counter Extremism Project, hosted a policy dialogue to discuss the rise of the radicalisation phenomenon in Europe and the manifold consequences for European security and integration policies.


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Radicalisation in the Sahel: threats and opportunities for the EU

On 7 April 2016, the European Foundation for Democracy and the Counter Extremism Project hosted a closed-door policy briefing for EU diplomats and officials entitled: “Radicalisation in the Sahel: threats and opportunities for the EU”. The guest speaker was EFD Senior Fellow Dr. Bakary Sambe who is also the Director of the Observatory on Religious Radicalism and Conflicts in Africa.


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Dangerous times, and not just because of terrorism

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.


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#BrusselsAttacks: Attacks ‘show the need’ for improved co-operation between Europe’s intelligence agencies

EU Reporter provides an overview of the event, hosted by EFD and the European Policy Centre and supported by the Counter Extremism Project, on 22 March 2016. The article discusses in depth what the speakers discussed during the policy dialogue, including analyses from EFD Executive Director Roberta Bonazzi, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Alexander Ritzmann and EFD Senior Fellow Bakary Sambe.


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Terrorist attacks “underlines need” for better intelligence

FD Executive Director Roberta Bonazzi, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Alezander Ritzmann, EFD Senior Fellow Bakary Sambe and the European Foundation for Democracy are mentioned in EU Today after hosting the conference entitled: Defining the phenomenon of jihadist radicalization: Local and global drivers and catalysts, on March 22, minutes after the terror attacks struck the Belgian capital, leaving more than 30 people dead and many more wounded.


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Defining the phenomenon of jihadist radicalisation: Local and global drivers and catalysts

On 22 March 2016, the European Foundation for Democracy and the European Policy Centre, in collaboration with the Counter Extremism Project and Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), hosted a closed-door policy dialogue to discuss the phenomenon of jihadist radicalisation with a particular focus on local and global drivers and catalysts.


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The Syrian crisis: the view from the frontline

On March 16, the European Foundation for Democracy and the Counter Extremism Project hosted a closed door policy briefing to discuss the on-going crisis in Syria, in collaboration with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. The guest speaker was Bassam Al-Kuwatli, a Syrian activist currently based in Gaziantep, southern Turkey.


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Beyond emergency aid: long-term integration strategies for Syrian refugees

On 3 March 2016, EFD Executive Director Roberta Bonazzi moderated an event at the European Parliament on integration strategies of Syrian refugees, in light of the largest migrant crisis facing Europe since WWI. This conference examined ways that civil society, NGOs, government and the private sector can cooperate to address the complex needs of refugees. The conference was co-hosted by the Maya Foundation, Friends of Turkey in the European Parliament and Project Lift. The host was MEP Ernest Maragall of the European Free Alliance/Greens political party.


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Iran: challenges and opportunities following the nuclear deal

On 2 March 2016, the European Foundation for Democracy hosted a closed-door briefing to discuss what challenges and opportunities exist following the nuclear deal with Iran. The two guest speakers were Nima Rashedan and Shadi Sadr who provided their expertise and offered recommendations for better EU engagement with Iran, following the ratification of the nuclear deal.


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