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Terrorism & Radicalism

Countering Global Terrorism and Exposing the Islamist Ideology.

Terrorism and its underlying Islamist ideology pose a civilizational challenge to the West and Europe in particular. Beyond the immediate security threat of mass casualty attacks, the worldview inspiring terrorism constitutes also a major obstacle to the integration of immigrant communities.

A successful counter-terrorism strategy is therefore not only a matter of improving police and intelligence work, as important as those tasks are, but also requires an effective counter-radicalization strategy.

To defeat terrorism and its underlying worldview we can’t though focus only on violent extremism but must also tackle those groups that may officially reject violence and yet still propagate goals and values that are incompatible with our liberal democracies. It is their views and ideas that lead to the creation of parallel societies, thus undermining social cohesion, and prepare the ideological groundwork for the jihadis.

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May 10, 2022

Raisi, the IRGC and Iran’s Future Direction of Travel

In partnership with MEP David Lega (EPP, Sweden) and MEP Frédérique Ries (Renew Europe, Belgium), the AJC Transatlantic Institute hosted Kasra Aarabi, Senior Analyst at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change in the European Parliament. Aarabi and MEP Lega discussed a wide range of issues: Iran’s military and security forces with a focus on Shia Militias across the Middle East and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the rise of ‘Imam Sadeghis’ – a cohort of highly indoctrinated technocrats that are just as zealous as the IRGC - and the EU attempts to make sense of the Raisi government and negotiate a new nuclear deal in Vienna.
July 17, 2018

The Geopolitical Role of Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean:Regional Stability, Energy Security and Counterterrorism

Hosted by the AJC Transatlantic Institute, H.E. Nikos Christodoulides, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, spoke to a select audience of Ambassadors, EU diplomats, and journalists. Below is the transcript of his...
May 17, 2018

Terrorist Structures in Europe - Front Organizations, Financing, Propaganda and Recruitment

The AJC Transatlantic Institute and the CSU Brussels, in partnership with the European Foundation for Democracy (EFD), co-hosted a working breakfast in the European Parliament entitled “Terrorist Structures in Europe -...

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21/07/2022

AJC Deplores Belgium-Iran Deal to Release Iranian Terrorist

Brussels – 21 July 2022 – The AJC Transatlantic Institute deplores the Belgian Parliament's ratification of a Prisoner Exchange Deal with Iran, which will likely see the transfer and release of convicted terrorist Assadollah Assadi. 

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13/06/2022

AJC is Dismayed that the EU Failed to Act against Antisemitic Incitement in Palestinian Textbooks Supported by EU Funds

The AJC Transatlantic Institute is dismayed that the EU failed to condition at least some of its €214 million annual funding to the Palestinian Authority (PA) on ending incitement in its textbooks.

30/11/2021

MEP David Lega: “The EU Should Not Inadvertently Fund Terrorism”

On October 22nd, the Israeli Ministry of Defense designated six Palestinian NGOs as terror groups, operating under the cover of civil society organizations, but constituting an arm of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), blacklisted by the EU, U.S., Canada and Israel. While the European Parliament failed to hear Israel's voice on the matter, and rather gave a platform to one of the newly-designated terror groups’ representative, Swedish MEP David Lega of the EPP Group sat down with AJC Transatlantic Institute Director Daniel Schwammenthal and issued a powerful call for moral clarity.

30/06/2021

Is the Iran Nuclear Deal Worth Saving?

At AJC Virtual Global Forum 2021, two foreign policy veterans participated in The Max Fisher Annual Program, The Great Debate: Is the Iran Nuclear Deal Worth Saving? The session pitted Ambassador Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States (2014-19), the United Nations (2009-14), and Israel (2003-06) against Michael Doran, Middle East analyst and National Security Council Senior Director (2005-07). Moderated by Jason Isaacson, AJC Chief Policy and Political Affairs Officer.

17/06/2021

Are EU Funds Supporting Islamism?

Germany and other states have cut ties with some Muslim organizations over their embrace of antisemitic and extremist ideologies, but the EU continues to provide financial support to many of these groups. Nicola Beer, Vice President of the EU Parliament, Monika Hohlmeier, Chair of the EU Parliament’s Budgetary Control Committee, and Michael Laubsch, Policy Analyst and Member of the European Citizens‘ Initiative STOP EXTREMISM, discussed the integrity of the EU’s funding standards in a conversation moderated by Michael Sieveking, AJC Transatlantic Institute Deputy Director.

30/04/2021

The Growth of Transatlantic Far-Right Networks

The storming of Capitol Hill on 6 January shocked Americans and Europeans alike. However, to analysts studying the online disinformation and extremist ecosystem, the events were hardly surprising. And there even was a recent precedent: In August 2020, far-right groups brandishing QAnon and neo-Nazi flags had rioted on the steps of the Bundestag. Watch this timely discussion featuring Jacob Davey and Jakob Guhl, both from the UK-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), on how governments and civil society can combat the growing far-right networks spanning across the Atlantic. The event was moderated by AJC Berlin Senior Associate Eric Adamson.

27/04/2021

Why the Armenian Genocide Matters Today

April 24th marked the annual commemoration of the Armenian genocide, the systematic annihilation of approximately 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Turks. U.S. President Joe Biden’s recognition of the genocide was a groundbreaking event, one that American Jewish Committee (AJC) had long been advocating for. AJC CEO David Harris explains why in his latest op-ed in The Times of Israel.

 

20/04/2021

Hamburg Cooperates with Supporters of Terrors and Antisemites

Backed by the city of Hamburg through an official state cooperation agreement since 2012, the Islamic Center Hamburg (IZH) is Iran’s direct affiliate in Germany. According to German intelligence, the IZH is Tehran's most important hub in Europe. "The Islamic Center Hamburg is not only tasked with spreading Iran's antisemitic, anti-democratic, misogynistic, and homophobic state ideology, but serves as a hub for Hamburg’s Hezbollah supporters," writes AJC Berlin Director Remko Leemhuis in this Welt opinion article calling on the city state to ban the IZH and its activities.

17/12/2020

Two Americans in Paris: A Debate on Race, Identity, and the Fight Against Radical Islam

The American press has been accused of grossly misrepresenting the French political reality, including the concept of laïcité and President Macron’s campaign against radical Islam. Watch this spirited debate on race, identity, and the fight against radical Islam with James McAuley, Paris correspondent for The Washington Post, and Thomas Chatterton Williams, Paris-based contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine, moderated by AJC’s Simone Rodan-Benzaquen.

23/11/2020

Europe Must Fight Political Islam

Islamist radicalism and violent extremism are on the rise in Western societies, as the deadly attacks recently in Vienna and the beheading of a French teacher chillingly reminded us. Writing in Europe’s best-selling newspaper BILD, AJC Europe Director Simone Rodan-Benzaquen and AJC Berlin Director Remko Leemhuis urge governments to cut ties with Islamist groups propagating anti-Western ideologies, like those linked to Iran’s regime or the Muslim Brotherhood: “We must set our sights on the organizations of political Islam, which are not violent themselves but create the climate for such murders.”