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Radicalisation and extremism risks in Bulgaria: towards more effective diagnostic and assessment tools
Over the last decade radicalisation and extremism are of growing concern for European societies. New risks of Islamist and far-right radicalisation have impelled the introduction of policies, the effects of which are only now being evaluated. As radicalisation that risks escalating into violence is more amenable to prevention than repression, having the capacity to detect early warning signs and trace the spread of extremist activity over time is critical. more »
 
Monitoring radicalisation risks in Central and Southeast Europe: Shaping diagnostic tools for EU policymakers
The rise of Islamist and right-wing radicalisation processes among disaffected young people is pushing some to acts of terrorism and is a growing concern. Many EU Member States have been proactive in countering this phenomenon and have acquired substantial experience in developing prevention and de-radicalisation policies and programmes. However, many European national authorities have followed a ‘trial-and-error’ approach, adopting untried and untested measures in the face of an immediate threat and in response to public concerns. more »
 
Members of the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) Center for Excellence visit the Center for the Study of Democracy
Radicalisation is a complex phenomenon that requires holistic policy approaches to prevention, involving a multitude of state and non-state actors. Тhe key role of frontline practitioners in prevention has been increasingly recognized at national and EU levels. The Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) brings together practitioners from around Europe who work daily with people who have already been radicalised, or who are vulnerable to radicalisation. more »
 
What Comes After the Islamic State: Implications for Europe
The current situation in Syria and Iraq and the emergence of the so-called Islamic State (IS) have created new security threats globally and in Europe. Since its rise as a new actor on the Islamist extremist scene, IS has become infamous for its exceptionally cruel tactics in territories it controls but also for organising and/or inspiring numerous terrorist acts far from its official borders, including in Europe and the US. Recently, the international military campaign against IS has been intensifying and the latter has suffered territorial loses. more »
 
Monitoring and Responding to Radicalisation Trends and Risks
The terrorist attacks in Paris from 2015 underscored the importance of a holistic policy approach to countering radicalisation that might lead to violence in Europe and beyond, and signaled the need for reassessment of the effectiveness of existing measures. more »
 
Round Table: Countering Radicalisation and Terrorism Threats in Europe
On 8 January 2015, the Center for the Study of Democracy held a round table discussion on countering radicalisation and terrorism threats in Europe. The keynote presenter at the event was Mr. Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator. more »
 
Round table: Assessing Terrorists Threats
On 16 September 2013, the Center for the Study of Democracy held a roundtable discussion on the latest developments regarding terrorist threats in the Middle East. Mr. Brian Jenkins, Senior Adviser to the President of the RAND Corporation presented to the audience the current situation in Egypt, the possible outcomes of the civil war in Syria and the developments within Al-Qaeda. more »
 
Round table: Prospects of Terrorism Financing and Terrorism Violence in the Middle East
On 30 July 2013, the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) organized a round table discussion on the financing of terrorism and violence in the Middle East. The keynote presenter at the event was Mr. Brian Michael Jenkins, Senior Adviser to the President of the RAND Corporation and author of numerous books, reports, and articles on terrorism-related topics. more »
 
Financing of International Terrorism
On 18 June 2013, the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) organized a round table on Financing of International Terrorism. The keynote speaker of the event was Dr. Matthew Levitt, Director, Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the U.S. Department of Treasury. Dr. Ognian Shentov, Chairman of CSD, opened the discussion, which is part of a series of events dedicated to the financing of terrorism. more »
 
Round table on Financing of Terrorism
On 11 April 2013 , the Center for the Study of Democracy held a round table dedicated to the Financing of Terrorism. The special guest at the event was Dr. Magnus Ranstorp, Research Director of the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies at the Swedish National Defense College. more »