Countering radicalisation: What can and cannot be done?

Date: 
Fri, 23 Feb 2018
Venue: 
The Egg, Rue Bara 175, Brussels
Type: 
International Conference

In light of recent terrorist attacks across Europe, the EU Security Agenda has given priority to addressing the root causes of radicalisation and violent extremism. The EU’s efforts in this regard have often taken the form of ‘soft approaches’, such as assigning a prominent role to teachers, youth, civil society actors, local authorities’ representatives and healthcare professionals. However well meaning, one of the unintended consequences of this strategy has been to increase suspicion towards Muslim communities, leading in turn to more hate crimes and discrimination. Are there any ‘promising practices’ in addressing radicalisation in the EU?

Discussion Leaders:

Francesco Ragazzi, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, Leiden University; Amrit Singh, Senior Legal Officer, National Security and Counterterrorism Program, Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI); Gilles De Kerchove, EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator, European Council; Lynn Davies, Co-Director, ConnectFutures and Emeritus Professor, University of Birmingham; Silvio Mascagna, Member of Cabinet of Commissioner Julian King, European Commission

Informal Discussant:

Kristoffer Lidén, Senior Researcher, PRIO

Moderator:

Ngo Chun Luk, Researcher, CEPS
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