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The Challenges of jihadist radicalisation


The Challenge of Jihadist Radicalisation - In Europe and Beyond

22 March 2017
Tahir Abbas (Senior Research Fellow, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)), Vlado Azinović (Associate Professor, School of Political Sciences, University of Sarajevo), Roberta Bonazzi (Founder and President, European Foundation for Democracy), Marwa Farid (Head of Civil Society Programs, EDGE Foundation and Policy Advisor, European Foundation for Democracy), Andrea Frontini (Policy Analyst), Matthew Goodwin (Professor of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent), Elham Manea (Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Zurich and Senior Fellow, European Foundation for Democracy), Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst), Alexander Ritzmann (Executive Director, European Foundation for Democracy and Chairman, Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) Communications and Narratives Working Group), Demir Murat Seyrek (Senior Policy Advisor, European Foundation for Democracy), Rupert Sutton (Director of Student Rights, the Henry Jackson Society), Herman Van Rompuy (EPC President) and Lorenzo Vidino (Director, Program on Extremism, George Washington University)



Over the past few years, Europe has found itself in the frontline in the fight against terrorism and jihadist radicalisation. They have become some of the most serious threats to European security, and to the values the European Union was built on. In the wake of the November 2015 Paris attacks, the European Policy Centre (EPC), the European Foundation for Democracy (EFD) and the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) came together and decided to launch a project 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 one year after the 2016 Brussels attacks, is the result of a series of multi-stakeholder events and workshops, and features contributions from renowned experts. As terrorism and radicalisation become ever more complex and multifaceted, this study goes beyond a mere cause-effect analysis and looks at the problem from many different angles, including radicalisation in schools, universities and mosques, geostrategic aspects, the nature of online extremist narratives, the nexus between the extreme right and jihadist radicalisation, and examples of effective countering violent extremism (CVE) measures. The one thing all authors agree on is that, in order to successfully address radicalisation and keep EU citizens (and others around the world) safe from further terrorist attacks, intensified cooperation and intelligence sharing between member states, and between the EU and its partners, is an absolute must. Equally important is that EU member states can offer marginalised and disillusioned youths at risk of radicalisation a better alternative, and promote a positive counter-narrative based on its own founding principles of freedom and democracy.

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