Five Years after the Bataclan Attack – Fear of Terror and Division Still Characterise France Today

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90 people were killed in the attacks at the concert hall in the 11th arrondissement in Paris on 13 November 2015. Although the scars of the survivors and relatives are slowly healing, the recent attacks on the teacher Samuel Paty in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine and on visitors to a church in Nice in the south of France are catapulting Islamist terror back onto the agenda of French politics. Once again, President Emmanuel Macron has to prove that France will not give in to the attacks of the Republic’s enemies.

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The Threat Remains, the Fear Dwindles Slowly

Taking stock four years after the Paris terrorist attacks

 

On Friday, 13 November 2015, Islamist assassins carried out a series of attacks on popular Parisian leisure destinations: a concert hall, a football stadium during the friendly match between Germany and France and a lively nightlife district near the Place de la République. The wounds heal only slowly. Four years later, the feeling of security has improved, but the threat of terrorism is still present throughout France. Continue reading

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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‘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