1 - 2 June 2017 Confronting Violent Extremism in the Euro-Mediterranean
  • 1 - 2 June 2017
  • Barcelona

The EuroMeSCo Annual Conference “Confronting Violent Extremism in the Euro-Mediterranean” gathered over 150 researchers and practitioners from 22 countries to debate the scope of the threat of violent extremism in the Euro-Mediterranean region, its manifestations, drivers, impact and what responses could be developed to confront it.

The Plenary Sessions explored how the region was affected by violent extremism, the specificities of violent extremism today and possible strategies to counter the phenomenon, the complex drivers and root causes motivating the radicalisation of individuals across the Euro-Mediterranean, as well as the interactions between violent extremism and other phenomena such as populism, islamophobia and authoritarianism.

Three “working sessions” offered an opportunity to discuss in smaller format specific angles of the phenomenon of violent extremism, including the link between violent extremism and geopolitics (with a focus on Libya and Sinai), the complex nexus between violent extremism and populist, nationalist and islamophobic trends in EU countries on the one hand and authoritarian trends on the other, as well as concrete examples of policies and initiatives in the fields of preventing and countering radicalisation.


Welcome Remarks

Joandomènec Ros President Institute of Catalan Studies (IEC)
Emma Udwin Deputy Chief of Staff of the EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations European Commission
Maria Badia Secretary for Foreign Affairs and the European Union Government of Catalonia
Milagros Hernando Ambassador for Mediterranean Affairs and Senior Official for the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain
Felip Roca Director of City Diplomacy Barcelona Town Council

Opening Plenary Session

Violent Extremism, a Common Threat to the Security of the Euro-Mediterranean Region
chair Miguel García-Herraiz Deputy Secretary General Union for the Mediterranean
Mohammed Masbah Junior Research Fellow, Crown Center for Middle East Studies; Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
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

Plenary Session

What Responses to the Rise of Violent Extremism in the Euro-Mediterranean Region?

Working Session 2

Preventing, Countering and Deradicalising
chair Abdelhak Bassou Senior Fellow OCP Policy Center
Manni Crone Senior Researcher Danish Institute for International Studies
Khadije Nasser Regional Project Manager Institute for Strategic Dialogue
Bedi Çelik Visiting Researcher Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies
Patrycja Sasnal Head of Middle East and North Africa Project PISM – The Polish Institute of International Affairs

Working Session 3

Populism, Authoritarianism and Violent Extremism
chair Haldun Yalçınkaya Associate Professor TOBB Economics and Technology University
Eman Ragab Senior Researcher and Head of Military and Security Research Unit ACPSS – Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies
Michal Vít Research Fellow EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy
Teemu Tammikko Senior Research Fellow The Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Daniela Huber Head of the Mediterranean and Middle East Programme IAI – Istituto Affari Internazionali

Plenary Session

How to Break the Violent Extremism/Populism /Authoritarianism Cycle?
Rami Mortada Ambassador of Lebanon to the European Union and Belgium, Senior Official of Lebanon for the Union for the Mediterranean
Henri J. Barkey Director of the Middle East Programme, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars