Humanity at Risk: Global Threat Indicant 

Global Terror Threat

Terrorism has evolved and grown over the last decades whereas our understanding of this threat is still limited. This is why Mumbai based think tank Strategic Foresight Group (SFG) and Oxford’s Center for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict (CRIC) have made terrorism a priority of their research and advocacy activities. Together, they have built a database on the most relevant terror groups worldwide and formulated potential scenarios for the future.

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Upcoming event: ‘Humanity at Risk’ – A global view on terrorism

Global Terror Threat
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Terrorism has evolved and grown over the last decades whereas our understanding of this threat is still limited. This is why Mumbai based think tank Strategic Foresight Group (SFG) and Oxford’s Center for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict (CRIC) have made terrorism a priority of their research and advocacy activities. Together, they have built a database on the most relevant terror groups worldwide and formulated potential scenarios for the future.

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Unearthing the seeds of Islamic radicalization

The Paris terrorist attacks left Europeans seeking answers to how young people, born and raised in Europe, could be persuaded to strap explosive devices to their bodies and use these to spread death and destruction in the name of their religion. Brussels was identified as a hotbed for Islamic radicalization and in our analysis we asked the question; Why Molenbeek? This was in reference to the Brussels neighborhood where several of the Paris attackers had plotted their assault. Recognizing the need for better answers not only on why Molenbeek, but also why Islamic radicalization, FNF, Tuskon and the EIP invited experts for an interactive discussion on what can be done to counter Islamic radicalization in Europe.

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Upcoming Event: “Unearthing the seeds of Islamic radicalization in Europe”

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9 March 2016, 12:00-14:00
Venue: Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels

The attacks in Paris and Istanbul have shaken Europe to its core.  While stories of failed integration in places like the Brussels borough of Molenbeek abound, there are also stories of Muslim communities elsewhere in Europe where radical Islamist views have never gained foothold. What are these communities doing right? What can civil society do to help these communities flush out the poison of radicalism? Is there a role for the European Union in preventing radicalization? Continue reading

Weniger Freiheit für mehr Sicherheit? Die EU ringt um eine Antwort auf den Terror

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Die Anschläge in Paris wurden nach bisherigen Erkenntnissen von einer Terrorzelle von zwei oder drei Dutzend fanatischen Islamisten geplant und durchgeführt. Diese sollen sich mit Hilfe von Playstation-4-Spielekonsolen koordiniert haben, wodurch sie dem europäischen Aufklärungsradar engagen sind. Zentrum der Vorbereitung war die Brüsseler Gemeinde Molenbeek. Nun ist Brüssel also nicht mehr nur EU-Hauptstadt, sondern auch Hauptstadt der Dschihadisten. Vorerst noch eine Woche gilt Alarmstufe 4; die Regierung geht demnach von einer „ernsten und unmittelbaren Bedrohung“ aus. Während sich die Stadt Brüssel im „Lockdown“ befindet, arbeiten Sicherheitsbehörden und die EU-Antiterrormaschinerie mit Hochdruck. Nach dem Krisengipfel der EU-Justiz- und Innenminister vom 20. November 2015 will die EU-Kommission schnellstmöglich Vorschläge vorlegen, wie in Zukunft europäische Geheimdienste besser koordiniert, die Finanzierung von Terrorzellen gestoppt und der Zugang zu schweren automatisierten Waffen erschwert werden. Gleichzeitig werden Forderungen laut, den Datenschutz aufzuweichen und die Schließung der EU-Außengrenze einzuleiten. Continue reading

“We won’t let the terrorists poison our thoughts and actions”

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Grief, shock, compassion, and solidarity follow a week(end) of terror in France, Lebanon and other countries around the world.

We mourn with those who have lost loved ones in the attacks.

And we stand with those who continue fighting for a world based on the values of freedom, equality, and responsibility.

In the words of Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, member of our Foundation’s board:

We won’t let the terrorists poison our thoughts and actions

 

Lunchtime Debate with Michael Ignatieff: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror

_DSC0187 - Christophe KetelsThe Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts in Brussels proved a majestic background for a High Level Lunch with Mr Michael Ignatieff on Friday May 15th. The Flemish liberal party Open Vld and the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung für die Freiheit enjoyed the support of the European Liberal Forum (ELF) in organising this event with the Canadian intellectual and former politician. Continue reading