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Middle-East / North Africa

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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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…

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Saudi Arabia and Regional issues: challenges and perspectives

Conference from 13:00-14:30

Conference with His Excellency Mr. Adel AL-JUBEIR, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. read more…

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Libya’s enduring conflicts and Egypt’s role in regional security

Seminar from 10:30-12:30 - fully booked

Since the signing of a political agreement in December 2015, little progress has been made in Libya towards the re-establishment of a central authority and conflict resolution. Is the Government of National Accord (GNA) on the path towards stabilizing Libya, or does its advent signal a new phase in the country’s conflicts? Are regional governments, particularly Egypt, committed to supporting the GNA and implementation of the agreement, or are they supporting spoilers? Is the European Union providing effective support to stabilization in Libya? The panelists will discuss conflict dynamics in Libya and the role of Egypt in regional security taking also account of EU’s approach toward the region. read more…

The Iran nuclear deal: the Iranian and US domestic factors that put its implementation at risk

By Astrid Viaud (14-06-2016)

In Security Policy Briefs

The Iran nuclear deal with E3+3 and P5+1 is not without its detractors. The Iranian Conservative Party, the US Republican Party and Israel disapprove. This policy brief aims to understand the Iranian and US domestic factors that could challenge the implementation of the deal. The 15-year implementation process is likely to be affected by the state-centric Constitution read more…

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

The resolution of the Syrian conflict and the European Union

Seminar from 09:00-13:30

Five years hence, the civil war in Syria has caused the death of more than 270.000 people. By loosening the noose around Bachar el Assad’s system, the Russian commitment read more…

Friday, 15 April 2016

Towards a security architecture for the Mediterranean: a challenge for Euro-Mediterranean relations

Conference 14-15 April

EuroMeSCo Conference 2016. Plenary sessions were broadcasted live on the IEMed website and on BambuserView the photos. Take also a look at the conversation on twitter. 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…

After Paris: five questions on (counter-)terrorism in Europe

By Thomas Renard (04-12-2015)

In Commentaries

The terrorist attacks in Paris, on 13 November, and the unprecedented terror alert in Brussels over the past days have raised a number of interrogations, in Europe and beyond, on the scope of terrorist activities in read more…