EFD is pleased to publish Lorenzo Vidino’s latest study on home-grown Jihadism in Italy, which was launched at the Italian Parliament in April and has been covered in Italian media. The study examines Italian-born Jihadists – who are very small in numbers – to understand ideological journey, their connections to organized terrorist movements abroad and what kind of threat they pose.
EFD’s Roberta Bonazzi and Francesco Farinelli analyze the phenomenon of Islamist radicalisation in Europe. Drawing from historical examples, and taking into account the ideological, socio-economic and psychological trigger, the authors argue that radicalisation, as a multifactorial phenomenon, must be addressed not only through security measures, but via a global approach involving close cooperation between governments,
In many EU member states, teachers are increasingly facing challenges of integrating students from different cultural backgrounds. Discussions on issues such as patriarchal structures and traditions, orthodox Islam, Islamism and Salafism are often emotionally charged and can easily overwhelm educators.
EFD (Belgium)March 22, 2017
Over the past several months, Europe has found itself on the frontline in the fight against terrorism and jihadist radicalisation. These have become among the most serious threats to European security and the values on which the EU is built. In the wake of the November 2015 Paris attacks, the European Foundation for Democracy (EFD), the European Policy Centre (EPC) and the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) came together to analyse the rise of jihadist radicalisation in Europe and beyond and develop concrete policy recommendations to tackle the issue head-on. This book, published exactly a year after the 22nd March Brussels attacks, is the result of a series of multi-stakeholder events and workshops and features contributions from leading experts from across Europe.
EFD ReportFebruary 28, 2017
From early on in the Syrian–Iraqi conflict, foreign fighters from Belgium have played an important role.
ISPI, Milan (Italy)July 15, 2016
Building upon the current debate on the origin and nature of jihadist militancy, “Jihadist Hotbeds – Understanding Local Radicalisation processes” outlines a broad spectrum of radicalization factors contributing to the emergence of jihadist hotbeds: poverty, unemployment, lack of job prospects, juvenile delinquency, trafficking and smuggling, socio–political, economic and physical marginalization, the role of Salafist ideology as well as the influence of brotherhood networks.
I.B.Tauris (UK)May 30, 2016
Woman and Shari’a Law: The Impact of Legal Pluralism in the UK is a critique of a paradigm that calls for the introduction of Islamic law in Western legal systems as a means of accommodating Muslim minorities.
Hedengrens Bokhandel - Stockholm (Sweden)December 16, 2015
In December 2015, EFD Senior Fellow Magnus Norell published his book “Return of the Caliphate – reasons and consequences” where according to Kjell-Åke Nordquist, Associate Professor at Stockholm School of Theology “… he writes accessibly and pithily on events of global dimensions that are still being analysed with the inadequate tools, comparisons and perspective of an awakening”.
Fischer Verlag (Germany)October 8, 2015
EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour has released his first book, Generation Allah: why we need to rethink our approach to fighting religious extremism. Ahmad analyses the causes of Islamism and looks at ways out of the radical Islamist scene. The book explores several key questions, including why so many young individuals have been persuaded to carry out jihad; is Islam responsible for acts of terrorism; and how can we best address religious extremism?
EFD ReportSeptember 16, 2015
EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo has analysed religious radicalisation in Tunisia and presented the findings in a report titled Tunisia, a nascent democracy under siege.
EFD ReportSeptember 16, 2015
Our publication Libya’s Fight for Survival – Defeating Jihadist Networks is a compilation of four different essays, edited by Dr. Arturo Varvelli, that focus on Libya and assess the current situation on the ground through a number of diverse and varied prisms.
EFD ReportJune 16, 2015
Within the framework of our Counter Radicalisation Programme, the European Foundation for Democracy is analysing the phenomenon of radicalisation in the European eastern and southern neighbourhoods. We have selected Azerbaijan as the first country in the series. The findings of the research have been published in a report titled Secularism in Azerbaijan and the threat of radicalisation in the region.
EFD ReportMarch 20, 2015
“The chances of a final deal with Iran by the 30th June deadline remain slim even if a framework agreement is reached by 31st March” says a policy report published by the European Foundation for Democracy on 20th March 2015. According to the report titled “A Nuclear Deal with Iran Prospects and Challenges” and authored by Dr. Bruno Tertrais, in the course of the negotiations, the gap between the positions of the parties has remained significant.
Passagen Verlag (Austria)October 15, 2014
This month sees the publication of Gewalt im Name der Ehre (Honour-Based Violence), a series of essays co-authored by EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour. The publication deals with the topic of honour in connection with Muslim communities in Europe, and considers what solutions might be found to prevent honour-related violence against women.
EFD - ISPI ReportApril 14, 2014
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.