This article by Huffington Post discusses EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour’s appearance as a guest on German weekly talkshow Markus Lanz. During the show Mansour discussed the latest Islamist terrorist attacks, saying that “we [Muslims] haven’t asked ourselves the question how such a monster could emerge in our midst.”
ZDF (Germany)June 7, 2017
EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour is a guest on German weekly talkshow Markus Lanz. Together with member of German parliament Jens Spahn, Mansour discusses radicalisation and how certain understandings of Islam can foster extremism.
This article by jetzt discusses an advertisement campaign of Kuwaiti mobile service provider Zain. In the campaign video, a suicide bomber deviates from his intention to carry out an attack, due to the message transported in the video that one should follow god in love and not in terror. EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour comments on the campaign and highlights the importance of adopting a positive connotation of the phrase ‘Allahu Akbar’.
Deutsche Welle (Germany)May 24, 2017
In this interview with Deutsche Welle about the terror attack in Manchester, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour highlights the signifiance of ideology in radicalisation and discusses the vital necessity of preventing the radicalisation of youth by means of social work.
Die Welt (Germany)March 1, 2017
In this interview with Die Welt, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour criticises a lack of strategy in the German government in terms of dealing with the prevention of terrorism, saying that “chaos reigns”.
Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany)January 26, 2017
EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour and Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Lorenzo Vidino are cited in this article by Süddeutsche Zeitung on Italy’s citizenship policy.
tv diskurs (Germany)October 30, 2016
In this article, EFD Executive Director Alexander Ritzmann highlights that media outlets often involuntarily serve as extended propaganda channels of terrorist organisations.
jetzt.de (Germany)October 18, 2016
In this interview with jetzt.de, EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour cautions that the recent chalking up of military victories against Isis should not be equated with progress in the battle against the groups’ extremist ideology. We must continue all the more to fight Islamist radicalisation, Mansour urges, as followers of the ideology are increasingly prevented from leaving the country, raising the potential for attacks in Germany.
Die Welt (Germany)October 13, 2016
In an interview with Die Welt, EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour comments on the suicide of suspected Isis terrorist Dschaber al-Bakr in a German prison.
Die Welt (Germany)July 26, 2016
In this guest contribution for Die Welt, EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour talks about the terrorist attack which occurred on a train in Würzburg (Germany) in July 2016. There is no such thing as ‘fast-track’ radicalisation, Mansour argues. The will to commit a terror attack doesn’t simply manifest from one day to another. Radicalisation is a process that is facilitated by certain mindsets which are often deeply rooted in religious beliefs, such as believing that life is merely a trial for the afterlife.
sky News (UK)July 25, 2016
EFD Senior Policy Advisor Alexander Ritzmann is interviewed by Sky News on German security policy after the latest terrorist attacks in Würzburg and Ansbach.
Tagesspiegel (Germany)July 16, 2016
EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour in a guest contribution for Tagesspiegel, criticises the German Muslim Associations for diminishing the role of religion in extremism. Mansour argues that we must indeed look at the content of certain understandings of Islam, such as literalism or a tabooing of sexuality, which oftentimes act as catalysts for violence.
European Policy Center (Belgium)June 15, 2016
EFD Visiting Fellow Pieter Van Ostaeyen gives his opinion on the next steps to take following the terrorist attacks on Brussels of March 22. These include “analysing the work carried out by security and intelligence forces nationally and transnationally, in order to properly determined were the weak spots were, along with re-evaluating integration policies in Europe, which have, to large extent, failed.”
Tagesspiegel (Germany)June 2, 2016
EFD Senior Policy Advisor Alexander Ritzmann writes about Hezbollah’s status within Germany and the EU after the group’s recent classification as a terrorist organisation by the League of the Arab States. The European Member States should send a clear signal by jointly banning Hezbollah, Ritzmann argues, thus prompting the group to change its behaviour.
Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger (Germany)April 1, 2016
EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour is interviewed about political deficiencies that are hindering an effective strategy to prevent the radicalisation of young people. Mansour argues that while it is important to strengthen security measures after the most recent Islamist terrorist attacks, it is even more important to address the growing issue of radicalisation in schools.