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EuroMeSCo Conference "Confronting Violent Extremism in the Euro-Mediterranean"

The EuroMeSCo Annual Conference “Confronting Violent Extremism in the Euro-Mediterranean” took place on 1-2 June in Barcelona. The event gathered over 150 researchers and practitioners from 22 countries to discuss violent extremism in the Euro-Mediterranean region, its manifestations, drivers, impact and what responses could be developed to confront it.


The conference featured prominent speakers as Mohammed Masbah, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House, Amr El Shobaki, Head of Arab European Unit, Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, El-Haouès Riache, Ambassador-Counsellor to Algeria’s Minister of Maghrebi Affairs, the African Union and the League of Arab States, Enrique Ayala, Member of the Council of European Affairs, Fundación Alternativas, Alexander Ritzmann, Executive Director of the European Foundation for Democracy and co-chair of the European Commission’s Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) Communication and Narratives (C&N) Working Group, Mustafa El Sagezli, General Manager, Libyan Program for Reintegration and Development, Omar Shaban, Director, Pal-Think Strategic Studies, Bichara Khader, Founder of the Centre for Research and Study on Contemporary Arab World (CERMAC), Francois Burgat, Senior Research Fellow, French National Centre for Scientific Research, Henri J. Barkey, Director of the Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Rosa Balfour, Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund (GMF) and many others.


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Reducing the vulnerability of societies to violent extremism is a priority in the EU’s relations with the Southern Neighbourhood.

This and more messages that the EuroMeSCo network would like to convey to policy makers and stakeholders can be found in the comprehensive report of the Conference.






Videos and interviews


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"The presence of Daesh until recently and the proliferation of armed groups has turned Libya into the object and the subject of violent extremism". Mattia Toaldo, ECFR senior policy fellow, explains the current turmoil in Libya, especially with regards security and violentextremism.

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"The civil society in Lebanon is very strong, so we're trying to involve communities, and also faith leaders and youth themselves in creating a model for prevention of radicalisation", Khadije Nasser, regional project manager at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, discusses the preliminary findings of a Danish-Lebanese project being carried out with local authorities in order to counter violentextremism.

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"Governments are working on radicalisation prevention but they are limited by laws. Civil society should be empowered to intervene in extremist forums in order to speak up and engage in discussions, to offer alternative ways to look at reality. This could prevent people from turning to violence. Democracies now need democrats ready to step up". Alexander Ritzmann, co-chair of the European Commission Radicalisation Awareness Network - RAN talked with us in the framework of the EuroMeSCo 2017 Conference held in Barcelona on 1-2 June.

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Euromed Survey of Experts on Violent Extremism

Overall, conflict zones are seen as the most fertile environment for violent extremism. EuroMeSCo respondents from the Southern Mediterranean tend to consider in higher proportions than their counterparts from the Northern Mediterranean that the internet and social media are a fertile environment for violent extremism.


These are part of preliminary results of the Euromed survey of experts on violent extremism that presented at the conference.

For more, see here.