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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…

After Paris and Brussels: reassessing ISIS’s strategy in Europe

By Thomas Renard (08-04-2016)

In Commentaries

The attacks in Paris and Brussels demonstrate a strategic shift for ISIS. Instead of focussing narrowly on territorial conquest in Syria/Iraq, the group has centrally and carefully planned a terror campaign in Europe, which is not over yet. Whereas we are discovering new elements to support this argument, read more…

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Who speaks for Islam? Listening to the voices of a billion muslims

Conference from 18:00 - 19:30

Guest speaker: John L. Esposito, University Professor, Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. He is Founding Director of the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Many policymakers, terrorism experts and pundits have seen religion of Islam as responsible for global terrorism. Terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIL reinforce this belief, beaming messages throughout the world that demonize the West as the enemy of Islam, responsible for all the ills of the Muslim world. Many speak of a clash of civilizations and inevitable all-out war between the West and 1.6 billion Muslims? But what have majorities of Muslim read more…

An act of war against Belgium calls for national unity

By Sven Biscop (31-03-2016)

In Commentaries

After the Brussels attacks, the country is longing for a positive message. Can a conference of all Belgian democratic parties forge an optimist narrative for the Kingdom, asks Sven Biscop. read more…