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Terrorism and counterterrorism in continental Europe

By Thomas Renard (21-03-2017)

In Other publications

One year after the Brussels attacks, this publication reviews the major developments that have occurred in terrorism and counterterrorism in Europe in 2016. read more…

Brussels attacks one year on: More still needs to be done

By Thomas Renard (14-03-2017)

In Other publications

Belgium has accomplished much since last year’s devastating terrorist attacks – the worst in its history. But the threats continue, and new security vulnerabilities are becoming apparent.

This article was first published in www.rusi.org read more…

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Good Practices Exchange Forum: examining practices for countering violent extremism and building community resilience

Good Practices Exchange Forum

The purpose of the Good Practices Exchange Forum is to bring together key individuals from law enforcement, academia, civil society and practitioners who face from differing perspectives a common challenge:  understanding and preventing acts of extremist violence. read more…

Counterterrorism in Belgium: Key challenges and policy options

By Elke Devroe, France Lemeunier, Nils Duquet, Paul Ponsaers, Sophie André, Thomas Renard, Vincent Seron (27-10-2016)

In Egmont papers

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris (November 2015) and Brussels (March 2016), Belgium’s counterterrorism policy has been heavily criticized – domestically and worldwide.  read more…

Friday, 28 October 2016

Boko Haram in Cameroon: recruitment, operation and impact

Brown Bag Lunch from 12:30 - 14:00

Hans de Marie Heungoup, Cameroon analyst with the International Crisis Group, will discuss the findings from recent field research he conducted in Cameroon’s Far North Province looking at the impact of Boko Haram in the country. He will cover the presence and objectives of Boko Haram in Cameroon, how the organisation recruits, re-supplies and the history of its violent encounter with the security forces. He will also consider the impact of read more…

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…