16:00 – 17:30
Wednesday, 1 March 2017
Bart Schuurman is an assistant professor at Leiden University’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs, based in The Hague. His PhD, which he obtained in 2017, studied how and why involvement in European homegrown jihadist groups materializes and what drives some participants to commit actual terrorist violence. Since he began working at Leiden University in 2011, Bart has contributed to numerous research projects, many of which were undertaken in collaboration with policy maker and practitioner partners. His research has focused on the pre-attack behavior of both group-based and lone-actor terrorists, using negotiation as a counterterrorism strategy and the effectiveness of various forms of counterterrorism. More recently, Bart has collaborated with colleagues to evaluate a Dutch program focused on the re-integration of extremist and terrorist detainees.
Pieter Van Ostaeyen is a Visiting Fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy; he studied Medieval History with a specialisation in the history of the Crusades (KULeuven 1999) and Arabic and Islamic Studies, focusing on the history of Salah ad-Din al-Ayyubi and the Assassins (KULeuven 2003). He has been analysing the conflict in Syria since the outset in 2011. In 2012 he began reporting on foreign fighters and extremist groups such as Jabhat an-Nusra, Ahrar as-Sham, Jund al-Aqsa and The Islamic State. In 2015 he published his first book ‘From the Crusades to the Caliphate’ (‘Van Kruistochten tot Kalifaat’) with Pelckmans.
Alexander Ritzmann has worked with EFD since 2007 in various roles and at different times. He was appointed the Executive Director of EFD in 2016. He is also chairman of the European Commission’s Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) Communication and Narratives (C&N) Working Group and is a Research Fellow at the Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security (BIGS) in Potsdam, Germany. From September 2012 – December 2015, Alexander worked as Senior Advisor MENA Region and Project Manager for GIZ, the German Development Cooperation, based in Cairo, Egypt. He has also lived and worked in Berlin, Brussels, Beirut, Jerusalem, Ramallah and Washington D.C. From 2001 – 2006 Alexander was a member of the Berlin State Parliament, overseeing the state police and intelligence agency, focusing on homeland security and data protection issues. He received his Master’s degree in Political Science from the Free University Berlin in 2000.
Demir Murat Seyrek, Senior Policy Advisor at the European Foundation for Democracy, will be moderating the event.
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The discussion was conducted under the Chatham House Rule, and built upon the results of a questionnaire previously distributed among the participants, addressing both content issues and effective formats for targeted policy advice.]]>