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Mention 16 February 2016

Cia Chief: ISIS terror attempt is ‘inevitable’

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Lorenzo Vidino is quoted by WWLP as explaining why ISIS has not launched a major terrorist attack in America so far. "Partially it is geography, the distance between here and Syria and Iraq, the fact that you have a very small number of Americans who are a part of ISIS, while in Europe you have thousands of individuals", Vidino explains....
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Mention 11 February 2016

What’s holding you back? time to join Marie Claire’s #BREAKFREE campaign!

EFD Fellow Tehmina Kazi is featured in the Marie Clair spot and campaign #BREAKFREE, which aims, alongside nine ambassadors from across the UK , to are take a stand on gender equality....
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Mention 03 February 2016

Sweden’s failed state-building process

EFD Senior Fellow Magnus Norell is mentioned in an article of the Jerusalem Post on the recognition of the state of Palestine by the newly elected Swedish government....
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Mention 03 February 2016

Why Converts To Islam Are So Susceptible To Becoming Terrorists

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Lorenzo Vidino is quoted in an article on ThinkProgress concerning the tendency of converts to Islam to radicalise. "I think it’s fair to say that certain converts…tend to be more vulnerable to certain interpretations of Islam", Vidino told ThinkProgress....
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Mention 02 February 2016

The Genocidal Threat of Homegrown Jihadism in America

Online media and political analysis website Observer writes about the George Washington University's Program on Extremism in the United States, co-founded by EFD Senior Policy Advisor Lorenzo Vidino in June 2015. The article discusses the impetus for its founding and what makes it distinguishable from other similar programmes, such as the need for more nuanced conversation on homegrown violent extremism, rather than black and white generalisa...
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Mention 01 February 2016

Europe is getting the best migrants ever

Vita International writes about the recently convened closed-door policy briefing organised by the European Foundation for Democracy on 27 January 2016. The event, entitled "A Syrian Perspective on the EU's Response to the Refugee Crisis", offered a comprehensive overview of the Syrian conflict, the article notes, examining the implications and challenges posed by the massive influx of refugees who are fleeing to neighbouring countries and to Eur...
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Mention 26 January 2016

German Jews fear rising anti-Semitism amid Middle East refugee influx

Haaretz reports on prevailing anti-Semitism within German society and cites EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour, who argues that "education can't just be about the Holocaust and the Third Reich. Schools also need to talk about the Middle East conflict and anti-Semitism based on religious argumentation and conspiracy theories."...
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Mention 24 January 2016

Disengaged from radical Islamism

Nordwest Zeitung Online reports on EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour’s selection as the winner of the Carl von Ossietzky Prize for 2016 and how his own experiences with radical Islamism shape his work with radicalised young people....
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Mention 20 January 2016

The fight against extremism is a societal obligation

Frankfurter Neue Presse reports on a presentation by EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour on his book "Generation Allah". In his presentation, Mansour discusses the solid structures of Salafism that have manifested within German society and how an education of fear is used as a basis for radicalisation....
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Mention 19 January 2016

Carl von Ossietzky Prize 2016 is awarded to Ahmad Mansour

The City of Oldenburg reports on the decision to award EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour with the Carl von Ossietzky Prize for 2016....
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Mention 19 January 2016

Palestinian psychologist receives Carl von Ossietzky Prize

Focus Online reports on the projects that EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour is currently involved in and announces the awarding of the Carl von Ossietzky Prize for 2016 to Mansour for his promotion of democracy, tolerance and integration....
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Mention 18 January 2016

“We’re all speaking at once, I would like to bring about a calmer discussion”

Spiegel Online reports on the contents of German talk show Anne Will, in which EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour was invited to discuss issues related to the migration crisis. In light of the New Year’s Eve incidents in several European cities, the current German asylum policy was debated by Mansour, along with political scientist, Gesine Schwan, head of the German chancellory (CDU), Peter Altmaier and editor-in-chief of Welt24, Stefan Aust...
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Mention 11 January 2016

Sharia law: a question of judgement

EFD Fellow Tehmina Kazi is mentioned in an article on the New Humanist. The article refers to her distinction between sharia as "a code of ethics governing personal religious practice" and sharia as "a set of prescriptive rules for society at large"....
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Mention 08 January 2016

Call to battle rallies misfits to ISIS cause

US-based media website TribLIVE writes about the so-called Islamic State and the challenge that it poses to America in comparison to threats faced by the US in the past, including conventional adversaries and non-conventional threats like al-Qaida. Vidino is quoted for his expertise in examining the dangerous ideology of the Islamic State and for his views on what separates this from previous threats, highlighting that this factor makes it one of...
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Mention 08 January 2016

Islamism also originates in Brussels, Berlin and Winterthur

Der Landbote reports on a reading held by EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour of his book "Generation Allah" in Switzerland, where the issue of young people leaving the country to join the Islamic State has long been a reality....
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Mention 08 January 2016

Syrian refugees are worried about their reputation

Stern magazine reports on the New Year’s Eve attacks on women in Cologne (Germany) and cites EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour with regards to the discussion on why it is important to have a balanced debate, look after the victims and avoid stereotyping....
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Mention 02 January 2016

Generation Allah

The Austrian Südkurier reports on the fear of radicalisation of young people in Germany and on the book "Generation Allah" that was written by EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour. The article elaborates on the missionary work undertaken to convert and radicalise young people to Islamism and why long-term preventative work is the only solution to this problem....
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Mention 27 December 2015

Conversion

Süddeutsche Zeitung reports on different events held in November and December 2015 that were attended by EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour. By providing an overview of Mansour's current projects, the article portrays his commitment to his work as a social worker, psychologist, author and expert....
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Mention 04 November 2015

New Turkish government urged to build bridges

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek is featured in the Belgian online newspaper EU Today, commenting on the Turkish general election that was held on 1 November 2015. As highlighted in the article, "in an overview of the outcome of the election" Dr Seyrek states that "Turkish voters 'chose stability over fundamental rights and freedoms'"....
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Mention 28 October 2015

Europe’s refugee crisis: What is Germany actually giving Turkey?

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek is mentioned in the online newspaper CS Monitor regarding the refugee crisis in Turkey and its EU bid: “For the Turkish public, there has been a clear realization after seeing what happened in Syria and Iraq that the Western world is a far more attractive and stable option. There is a real fatigue about the Middle East while public support for EU membership is growing, which is something that pol...
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Mention 14 October 2015

Strategic dialogue and cooperation between Turkey and the EU regarding Syria must not be abused in new Turkish elections

The Brussels Times reports on the upcoming elections in Turkey, in which this article discloses that the EU has been urged not to allow its strategic partnership with Turkey regarding Syria to be abused as an election item that could boost the ruling AK party. The warning comes a a time as EU leaders are meeting with Turkey to discuss the situation in Syria, the migrant crisis and the EU and Turkey's "common fight against terrorism."...
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Mention 06 August 2015

The halt to Turkey’s authoritarian behavior

EFD Senior Policy Advisro Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek is mentioned in the Polish national daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita, commenting the latest Turkish election results and giving an in-depth analysis of what may happen next in Turkey's political scenario....
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Mention 20 July 2015

What makes Salafism attractive?

The child and youth protection agency of the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia reports on a symposium which was held on 2nd June 2015 on the topic of “Salafism — recruitment strategies and prevention approaches.” At the symposium, EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour discussed the psychological aspects of Salafism and why it can be appealing to young people....
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Mention 22 June 2015

Many points addressed, but very few questions answered

Facetten magazine reports on a panel discussion with Ahmad Mansour which took place at a church in Berlin’s Neukölln district under the title “Islam — between youth culture, religion and politics.” Among the guest speakers were Islamism expert Claudia Dantschke, local Imam Ender Cetin and Member of the Bundestag Erol Özkaraca (SPD)....
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Mention 09 June 2015

Period of uncertainty after elections in Turkey

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek comments the outcome of the Turkish elections, that were held last June....
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Mention 09 June 2015

Uncertainty follows Turkish election

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek is mentioned in the Austrian daily financial newspaper WirtschaftsBlatt, where he comments on the new government coalition created after the Turkish parliamentary elections, which marked the end of the ruling AKP one-party government....
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Mention 23 April 2015

Counter-radicalisation symposium in Vienna

EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour is among a number of international experts invited to take part in today’s counter-radicalisation conference at the Austrian Ministry of Justice....
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Mention 23 April 2015

Islamists spread fear in prisons

Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung reports on a symposium held by the Austrian Ministry of Justice to address the phenomenon of Islamic radicalization in state prisons....
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Mention 23 April 2015

Prevention ‘has to move faster than the Salafists’

EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour is quoted in a report in Austrian newspaper Die Presse on how to combat Islamic radiclisation in state prisons....
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Mention 23 April 2015

Rising number of Islamists in Austria’s prisons

Austrian newspaper Der Standard reports on a symposium held by the Austrian Ministry of Justice to address the phenomenon of Islamic radicalization in state prisons. EFD Programme Director, who was among the international experts invited to take part in the conference, is quoted in the article: “in many cases, the Salafists prove to be the better social workers.”...
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Mention 26 March 2015

Leading author calls for ‘attack on all fronts’ against Islamic fundamentalism

The Brussels-based EU Reporter features a report on the public briefing organised by the European Foundation for Democracy and hosted by Julie Ward MEP (UK S&D) on 25th March 2015, "How to deconstruct the radical narrative? An alternative discourse of Academics and Activists of Muslim Heritage." The article presents an overview of the discussion as well as the views outlined by Karima Bennoune, Professor of international law at the University of...
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Mention 26 March 2015

Muslim academics praised for “tireless” work tackling radical Islamist narratives

The Brussels-based EU Today features a detailed report on the public briefing organised by the European Foundation for Democracy and hosted by Julie Ward MEP (UK S&D) on 25th March 2015, "How to deconstruct the radical narrative? An alternative discourse of Academics and Activists of Muslim Heritage." The article presents an overview of the discussion as well as the views outlined by Karima Bennoune, Professor of international law at the Universi...
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Mention 25 March 2015

Terrorism and the answer of universities

The Italian Brescia Oggi features a report on the public briefing organised by the European Law Students' Association (Brescia) in collaboration with the European Foundation for Democracy and Amnesty International on 24th March 2015, “International terrorism: new approaches and new strategies”....
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Mention 24 March 2015

Terrorism: new approaches

The Italian Teletutto features a report on the public briefing organised by the European Law Students’ Association (Brescia) in collaboration with the European Foundation for Democracy and Amnesty International on 24th March 2015, “International terrorism: new approaches and new strategies”....
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Mention 11 March 2015

Islam and Islamism: A discussion at our school about how we express our values

A large, inner-city secondary school in Berlin reports on a visit from EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour who held a discussion for pupils about Islam and Islamism. The aim of the session was to engage pupils in a critical discussion about their values, as well as to raise awareness of radicalisation and fundamentalist strains of Islam....
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Mention 07 February 2015

Presentation from Islamism expert Ahmad Mansour

Local German media report on a presentation held by EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour on identifying and preventing Islamic radicalisation among young people. The audience, which comprised twice as many attendees as were expected, included representatives from schools and mosques as well as social workers....
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