Two Years after the Brussels Attacks: The Challenge of Jihadist Radicalisation in Europe and Beyond

22 March, 2018

Brussels, Belgium

Past Event

TRENDS Research & Advisory partnered with the European Foundation for Democracy and the European Policy Centre, on a major international conference titled Two Years after the Brussels Attacks: The Challenge of Jihadist Radicalisation in Europe and Beyond. Other partners included The King Badouin Foundation and The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

The increasing number of deadly terrorist attacks throughout Europe and beyond poses a significant challenge to policy-makers at all level. This dangerous trend has placed the phenomenon of jihadist radicalisation and violent extremism under the spotlight. In response key areas of radicalisation and extremism require ongoing analysis and research, including: strengthening vulnerable communities and building resilience against extremism; addressing root-causes and triggers of radicalisation; countering extremist propaganda and promoting alternative narratives that promote positive values and ideas; and addressing vulnerable groups such as youth and prisoners to help prevent/address radicalisation in schools, universities and prisons.

This event, which took place on the anniversary of the 2016 terrorist attacks in Brussels brought together high level officials, practitioners and experts who took a look into these topics, with a special attention to the interlinkage with foreign policy, the role of grassroots movements and that of local actors.

Julian King, European Commissioner for the Security Union
Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister; Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium
Herman Van Rompuy, President, European Policy Centre; President Emeritus of the European Council
Maqsoud Kruse, Executive Director, Hedayah International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism
Elizabeth Abela Hampel, Deputy Head, OSCE Action against Terrorism Unit
Saad Amrani, Chief Commissioner, Policy Advisor, Belgian Federal Police
Olivier Vanderhaeghen, Prevention Manager, Municipality of Molenbeek

The full programme may be found here (

For further information please contact Dr. Richard Burchill, Director of Research and Engagement, [email protected].