Reports 2018

Countering terrorism and preventing radicalisation in Europe’s neighbourhood

28 November 2018

The European Policy Centre and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung EU-Office organised a Policy Dialogue to present the findings from a new EPC-FES publication on the prevention of radicalisation and counter-terrorism in Europe’s neighbourhood.

The fight against terrorism and radicalisation leading to violent extremism is a key challenge for the EU and its member states. Due to its multi-dimensional nature, encompassing socio-economic, cultural and foreign policy aspects, addressing the root causes and impacts of radicalisation and terrorism is likely to remain a clear policy priority for the EU for the foreseeable future, both domestically and in its relations with third countries, particularly the Western Balkans and the Southern neighbourhood.

The EPC and FES have carried out an independent study of the EU’s overall effectiveness in helping address the root causes and impact of terrorism and radicalisation in a number of countries in its close proximity: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Lebanon and Tunisia. This event discussed the final results that have been compiled in a multi-authored book, which sets conclusions and policy recommendations for improving policies on preventing radicalisation leading to violent extremism and countering terrorism in these countries and how the EU can better support them through the work of its delegations.

Speakers included: Amanda Paul, EPC Senior Policy Analyst, Marco Funk, Policy Officer, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Stefano Torelli, Associate Research Fellow, Italian Institute for International Political Studies, Vlado Azinović, Associate Professor, School of Political Sciences, University of Sarajevo, Wajid Khan, Member of the European Parliament, Anna Reece, European Commission’s European External Action Service.