Countries of the Maghreb have seen an unprecedented number of citizens travel to Syria and Iraq, to fight along jihadi groups. A number of these fighters have already returned, posing a number of security challenges. Others are still in the Levant, and could constitute a long-term security liability. This event will discuss this challenge from a European perspective – what are the risks and challenges of a strengthening of jihadi movements in the region? It will also reflect on the contribution of the EU in the region, in terms of counter-terrorism and counter-radicalization.
10h30: Welcoming remarks by Denis Schrey
10h35: Introduction by Thomas Renard, author of a study on “Returnees in the Maghreb”
10h50: Comments by Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator (CONFIRMED)
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