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A jihadi threat in mutation?

By Thomas Renard (23-06-2017)

In Commentaries

The latest attacks in Europe (London, Manchester, Paris, Brussels) were committed by homegrown terrorists, who radicalized in Europe. While this is now perceived as a growing and new type of threat, it is not. Homegrown terrorist attacks are the norm, not the exception.

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Monday, 26 June 2017

Forgotten Power? Europe in a Multipolar World

Conference from 18:00 - 19:30 - FULLY BOOKED

International politics is not about charity, but about the pursuit of interests. That seems self-evident, but to the European Union it wasn’t. For a long time the EU closed its eyes for the dark side of international politics and behaved as if interests, geopolitics and power politics no longer mattered. Then a series of events made the EU blink its eyes. The Russian invasion of Ukraine, the proxy wars in the Middle East, the disputes over the South China Sea, and the election of Donald Trump as President of the U.S. finally made many in Brussels realise that we are now truly living in a multipolar world. The great powers and many regional powers are competing and cooperating at the same time. “America First”, Trump’s campaign slogan, means that nobody will automatically defend the EU’s interests. Europe will have to think for itself – but it has forgotten how to use its power (which it still has) and hence is no longer respected as a power. Which role could and should Europe aspire to, and what does that mean for its alliance with the U.S.?

Chair: Prof. Dr. Alexander Mattelaer, Director of Egmont’s Europe Programme and Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel


  • Dr. Sven Biscop, Director of Egmont’s Europe in the World Programme and Professor at Ghent University
  • Dr. Luis Simón, Director of the Elcano Royal Institute’s Brussels Office and Research Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel


Doors will open at 17:30

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

What’s wrong with CVE? The limits of a paradigm

Conference from 18:00 - 19:30 - Fully Booked

Chair: Rik Coolsaet

Speaker: Peter Mandaville read more…

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Anticipating the post-ISIS landscape

Conference from 17:00 - 19:00 (registration starts at 16:30) - Fully booked

Terrorism tends to evolve in waves. The ISIS brand of terrorism is bound to wane too. It has lost much of its territory, income and tens of thousands of fighters. Its media output has decreased significantly. But what comes next? The preconditions for its success in most of continents are still in place. Will another organization gain from ISIS’s decline – or will its virtual caliphate continue to inspire new recruits? Will it go underground and wait for chances to read more…

The Counterterrorism Yearbook 2017: Europe

By Thomas Renard (06-04-2017)

In Commentaries

2016 proved to be a busy year for CT in Europe as the number of jihadi-related attacks increased and the nature of the threat evolved, with most plots involving ‘home grown’ radicalised individuals, as opposed to foreign fighters. read more…

Terrorism and counterterrorism in continental Europe

By Thomas Renard (21-03-2017)

In Other publications

One year after the Brussels attacks, this publication reviews the major developments that have occurred in terrorism and counterterrorism in Europe in 2016. read more…

Brussels attacks one year on: More still needs to be done

By Thomas Renard (14-03-2017)

In Other publications

Belgium has accomplished much since last year’s devastating terrorist attacks – the worst in its history. But the threats continue, and new security vulnerabilities are becoming apparent.

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

Good Practices Exchange Forum: examining practices for countering violent extremism and building community resilience

Good Practices Exchange Forum

The purpose of the Good Practices Exchange Forum is to bring together key individuals from law enforcement, academia, civil society and practitioners who face from differing perspectives a common challenge:  understanding and preventing acts of extremist violence. read more…

Counterterrorism in Belgium: Key challenges and policy options

By Elke Devroe, France Lemeunier, Nils Duquet, Paul Ponsaers, Sophie André, Thomas Renard, Vincent Seron (27-10-2016)

In Egmont papers

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris (November 2015) and Brussels (March 2016), Belgium’s counterterrorism policy has been heavily criticized – domestically and worldwide.  read more…

Friday, 28 October 2016

Boko Haram in Cameroon: recruitment, operation and impact

Brown Bag Lunch from 12:30 - 14:00

Hans de Marie Heungoup, Cameroon analyst with the International Crisis Group, will discuss the findings from recent field research he conducted in Cameroon’s Far North Province looking at the impact of Boko Haram in the country. He will cover the presence and objectives of Boko Haram in Cameroon, how the organisation recruits, re-supplies and the history of its violent encounter with the security forces. He will also consider the impact of read more…