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EUROPEAN SUMMIT

ISLAMIST RADICALIZATION

AND TERRORIST THREAT

Sunday March 27, 2022

9:30 - 18:30 CET

E D I T O

On April 10 and 24, 2022, French people will go to the polls to elect the President of the Republic. The fight against radical Islamism and the endogenous terrorist threat are central in the debates on the eve of this great democratic moment.

In this context, ELNET has decided to organize a new edition of the "European Summit on Islamist Radicalization and the Terrorist Threat" on March 27th, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Toulouse and Montauban attacks. This fifth session of the Summit will bring to the forefront the issues at the heart of the presidential campaign and of the European debate.

While Islamism feeds communitarianism by testing the Republican heritage and French-style secularism, it is also a challenge for Europe, which must take the measure of the threat, embodied by the unconcealed entry of the Muslim Brotherhood into its institutions. The French presidency of the European Union can thus be an opportunity to mobilize member countries to wage the battle of ideas against Islamist obscurantism and to deepen one of its agenda items: terror funding. Islamism as the spearhead of antisemitism will also be analyzed, as well as France's commitment in the Sahel region, which has evolved in recent months with the adaptation of Operation Barkhane, following the expansion of the jihadist threat towards the Gulf of Guinea. Finally, the paradigm shift in the Middle East represented by the Abraham Accords will also be reviewed.

Islamist terrorism has reminded us in recent months of its undiminished capacity to cause harm, as the historic trial of the November 13, 2015 attacks continues. This is a major challenge for our national community, ordering us to mobilize energies to defend the values of freedom, equality and fraternity that we share.

 
 

 SPEAKERS

 

SCHEDULE

9.50am

Welcoming remarks

Dr. Arié Bensemhoun, Chief Executive Officer, ELNET France

David Khalfa, Program Director, ELNET France

10am-11.30am

Secularism, Islamism and communitarianism: a challenge for the Republic

 

10am

Introduction

Jean-Michel Blanquer


10.10am

ROUNDTABLE

moderated by Christophe Barbier, editorial director, Franc-Tireur, editorial writer, BFM

  • Abnousse Shalmani, Journalist and columnist, L’Express, i24news

  • Me Richard Malka, Lawyer, scriptwriter and writer

  • Djemila Benhabib, Journalist, writer and activist

  • Iannis Roder, Historian

 

11.10am

Keynote speaker

Amine Elbahi, jurist from Roubaix, whistleblower

Interview conducted by Nadjet Cherigui, reporter, Le Figaro Magazine

11.20am

Conclusion

Jérôme Fourquet, Director of the “opinion and business strategies” department of the French Institute of Public Opinion (IFOP)

11.30am-11.40am

Coffee break

11.40am-12.35am

The Muslim Brotherhood: an Islamist Trojan horse at the heart of European institutions?

ROUNDTABLE

Moderated by Mélanie Déchalotte, freelance journalist, documentary filmmaker at France Culture

  • Anne-Clémentine Larroque, Historian, analyst at the Ministry of Justice

  • Lorenzo Vidino, islamologist, Director of the Extremism Program at George Washington University

  • Amélie Myriam Chelly, Sociologist, Iranologist, associated fellow at CADIS EHESS-CNRS

 

 

12.35am - 12.45am

Follow the money: money laundering and terror funding

 

Marie-Christine Dupuis-Danon, Associate Fellow, Institute for Counter-Terrorism (IDCHerzliya), former advisor at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

 


12.45am-2pm

Lunch

 

2pm-2.30pm

Islam, Islamism and terrorism: the great debate

 

Introduction

David Khalfa, Program Director, ELNET France

  • Tareq Oubrou, Grand Imam of Bordeaux, theologian and essayist

  • Zineb El Rhazoui, writer, journalist and feminist activist

Interview conducted by Michaël Darmon, journalist, i24news

 

2.30pm – 3.30pm

Islamism and Antisemitism in France and Europe

 

2.30pm

Opening

Christophe de Voogd, President of the Scientific Council, Foundation for Political Innovation

2.40pm

ROUNDTABLE

  • Dr. Günther Jikeli, Associate Professor, Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism, Indiana University

  • Smaïn Laacher, Professor of Sociology at the University of Strasbourg

  • Dr. Alexandra Laignel-Lavastine, Philosopher and historian

3.30pm-4pm

Changes in the terrorist threat: from global jihad to local jihad

CONVERSATION

interview conducted by Armelle Charrier, columnist for International Politics, France 24

  • General (ret.) Serge Cholley, former Commander of Operation Chammal, in charge of the conduct of French operations against ISIS in Syria and Iraq

  • Brig. Gen. (res.) Nitzan Nuriel, Deputy Commander of the Israeli Special OperationCommand, Fellow at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), formerDirector of the Counterterrorism Bureau

 

4pm - 4.20pm

Coffee break

4.20pm-5.15pm

Jihadist contagion in Africa: which strategy for French counterterrorism?

 

4:20pm

ROUNDTABLE

moderated by Didier Lauras, defence, security and diplomacy correspondent, AFP

  • Dr. Alain Antil, Director of the Sub-Saharan Africa Center, French Institute of International Relations (IFRI)

  • Michael Shurkin, Director of Global Program, 14 North Strategies, former RandCorporation senior political scientist and former CIA analyst

  • Dr. Bakary Sambe, Regional Director of the Timbuktu Institute, African Center for Peace Studies

  • Dr. Niagalé Bagayoko, President of the African Security Sector Network (ASSN)

 

5pm

Keynote speaker

Général Didier Castres, former head of the Center for Planning and Conduct of Operations (CPCO) of the General Staff of the Armed Forces (EMA) in Afghanistan, Libya and West Africa

Interview conducted by Pascal Airault, journalist, L'Opinion

 

5.15pm-5.35pm

EU-Israel cooperation in the fight against terrorism

Dr. Christiane Höhn, Principal Advisor to the European Counter-Terrorism Coordinator

Talya Lankri, Head of the Counter-Terrorism Department, Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Interview conducted by Harold Hyman, Columnist for Political Affairs

5.35pm-5.55pm

From upheavals in the Mediterranean to Islamist separatism

Gilles Kepel, Professor at Paris University, Director of the Middle East-Mediterranean Chair at the École Normale Supérieure

Interview conducted by Jean-Philippe Moinet, Director of La Revue civique, Political Scientist

 

5.55pm-6.30pm

Against Islamism and terrorism: is a new governance possible?

5.55pm

CONCLUSION

Manuel Valls, former French Prime Minister

6.10pm

Closing remarks

Dr. Arié Bensemhoun, Chief Executive Officer, ELNET France 

PARTNERS

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