How can Western societies protect their citizens from ‘blow-back’ terrorist attacks?

Belgium, Brussels, 1000, Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, 20 Rue du Commerce
Wednesday, January 28 2015 / 14:30

The recent terrorist attacks in Paris provided a stark reminder as to the vulnerability of Western societies to jihadist ‘blow-back’ attacks. In a joint event by the Martens Centre and the European Foundation for Democracy, our guest speakers Nasser Waddady, Toufik Bouarfa and Michael Benhamou will provide an assessment of the implications of the attacks for EU governments and security services as well as on social cohesion more broadly in Europe. They will also assess the lessons to be learned by security services and law enforcement agencies across Europe as well as the impact on EU radicalisation prevention programmes. In addition, they will present their experiences of the most effective methods to be applied to discredit the use of religion as a rationale for violence and discuss such questions as how to nurture role models and develop effective counter narratives to demystify the glamour of violent jihad and how to outreach effectively to Muslim communities in Europe and generate support for de-radicalising initiatives.