Wednesday, September 28, 2016 10:00 to 11:30
Security in the Age of Terrorism
Now that Europe has entered the "age of terrorism“, it is time to hold our breath for a second and take stock. Suddenly we Europeans are learning what it means to live under threat and fear. We are forced to get used to seeing soldiers on the street and have our bags checked, when entering a public place; the general feeling of helplessness when trying to find counter measures to combat an enemy, which is willing to give their life in order to take ours.
Other countries, like Israel, have been confronted with this threat much longer. They have developed counter-terrorism measures we can learn from and technologies, which could offer solutions to some of the threats we Europeans are now newly confronted with.
The AJC Transatlantic Institute in cooperation with EU40 held this week a highly attended conference entitled "Security in the Age of Terrorism" in the European Parliament. High-ranking speakers included the Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon and former head of research at the Intelligence Division of the Mossad Sima Shine. First Vice President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, graciously hosted this important event in the European Parliament.
Belgian Minister Jan Jambon highlighted the burgeoning security cooperation between Israel and Belgium. After the Brussels terror attacks in March Israel was quick to assist Belgian security services with its profiling expertise, a crucial element of its counter-terrorism strategy. For her part, Sima Shime emphasized the commonalities between Israel's and Europe's situation dealing with so-called "lone-wolf attacks."
Antonio Tajani, First Vice-President of the European Parliament
Panel 1: Counter-Terrorism: Lessons after the Brussels Attacks
Moderator: Daniel Schwammenthal, Director of the AJC Transatlantic Institute
Jan Jambon, Belgian Interior Minister, “Insights into Belgium’s new counter-terrorism measures”
Sima Shine, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies, “Counter-Terrorism in Israel”
Panel 2: Cybersecurity: Growing Threats and Common Challenges
Moderator: Adam Mouchtar, Director of EU40
Rami Efrati, Founder and President of Firmitas Cyber Solutions “Security in the digital age: Cybersecurity in Israel”
Ran Cohen, Founder of SDR and practical demo, “Profiling – a potential new European standard to counter-terrorism and crime before the attack”