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Monday, 14 November 2016

Criminal pasts, terrorist futures: European jihadists and the New Crime-Terror Nexus

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

The presence of former criminals in terrorist groups is neither new nor unprecedented. But with Daesh/Islamic State and the ongoing mobilisation of European jihadists, the phenomenon has become more pronounced, more visible, and more relevant to the ways in which jihadist groups operate. In many European countries, the majority of jihadist foreign fighters are now former criminals. Alain Grignard, a Brussels Police Commissioner, described Islamic State as a “super gang”. read more…

Deradicaliseringsbeleid en de IS-generatie

By Rik Coolsaet (19-09-2016)

In Other publications

De zomer van 2016 werd overschaduwd door de aanslagen in Frankrijk en Duitsland. IS en de IS-generatie lijken van strategie te veranderen: religieuze motieven lijken minder van belang en aanslagen worden haastiger gepleegd, met gebruiksvoorwerpen zoals vrachtwagens. Maar zijn de drijfveren echt read more…

Monday, 26 September 2016

Challenges in the age of terror: counter-terrorism agenda for Europe

Conference from 09:00-14:00

Terrorism is without a doubt one of the key security challenges to Europe. In recent years, a growing number of European citizens have radicalized and associated with jihadi groups, in Europe or travelling to Syria. This serious challenge must be tackled by EU member states, but also at the pan-European level, with the support of EU institutions. Initiated by the Antall József Knowledge Centre, in partnership with the Egmont Institute and the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, this seminar brings together EU and national policy-makers and scholars to discuss counter-terrorism options. read more…

Fear Not: a critical perspective on the terrorist threat in Europe

By Thomas Renard (09-09-2016)

In Security Policy Briefs

Over the past few months, Europe has been struck by a number of terrorist attacks. In the media, in political discourse, in our daily lives, terrorism is now perceived as being omnipresent. A certain form of collective psychosis is developing within the population, which is perhaps more insidious and dangerous than read more…

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Why counterterrorism is so difficult

Conference from 18:00 - 19:45

Conference with Martha Crenshaw,  Stanford University, Center for International Security and Cooperation. What is it about terrorism that makes it such a challenging policy problem? Why is terrorism so intractable? Many barriers to understanding and action flow from the issue itself, not the particular political predispositions of individual policymakers or flawed organizational processes. read more…

Is terrorism contagious?

By Thomas Renard (09-08-2016)

In Commentaries

The multiplication of terrorist attacks in Europe over the past few months raises questions with regard to the diffusion of terrorism. This commentary argues that the Islamic State aims indeed for the contagion of terror. There is also evidence from read more…

Understanding the current wave of terrorism

By Thomas Renard (04-08-2016)

In Commentaries

A number of terrorist attacks have struck Europe over the past months, triggering the impression of a ‘wave of terror’ among citizens. This commentary replaces the recent upscale of violence in the context of the ‘wave of religious terrorism’, read more…

‘All radicalisation is local’. The genesis and drawbacks of an elusive concept

By Rik Coolsaet (31-05-2016)

In Egmont papers

The concept of ‘radicalisation’ is now firmly entrenched at the heart of European and global counterterrorism. But 12 years after its introduction, it remains ill-defined, complex and controversial. It is thus time to assess its added value. read more…

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Tuer au nom d’Allah. Radicalisation ou subculture? Les combattants européens en Syrie

Conference at 14:30

Conference by Rik Coolsaet, professor at Ghent University and Senior Associate Fellow, read more…

Monday, 18 April 2016

Terrorisme et radicalisme religieux: quel rapport?

Conference 18:00-19:30

La radicalisation est-elle bien une conséquence de l’extension du salafisme parmi les musulmans d’Europe?

Conférence avec Olivier Roy, Professeur à l’ Institut Universitaire Européen de Florence, Directeur du Programme Méditerranéen. Derniers ouvrages parus: « En quête de l’Orient perdu » (Le Seuil) et « La peur de d’islam » (L’Aube). read more…