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On September 11, 2001, the world toppled into horror, dread and astonishment. Three airliners slammed into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, wreaking havoc and death. Al Qaeda claimed these suicide bombings, the bloodiest ever perpetrated on American soil. More than three thousand people died in these attacks, waged in the name of a totalitarian, fundamentalist and violent conception of Islam. Beyond America, the unholy West was targeted right in the heart. From then on, the fight against Islamist terrorism has emerged as the major security challenge of the past two decades.
Twenty years after the World Trade Center attack, the jihadist phenomenon has kept spreading. Now, it affects each continent and its supporters have increased considerably despite the weakening of Al Qaeda and the military defeat of Daesh in Syria.
France has paid a heavy price in this relentless fight against the jihadist hydra. Since the killings of Mohamed Merah and the terrorist attacks in Nice and Paris (Charlie Hebdo, the “Hyper Cacher” and of November 13, 2015), the country has faced a wave of unprecedented terrorist violence. Abroad, France has been fighting against Islamist terrorism, particularly in the Sahara-Sahel Strip where 52 soldiers have lost their lives in “Serval” and “Barkhane” operations.
However, the fight against jihadism cannot be reduced to a security challenge exclusively. Terrorism is the modus operandi of radical Islamism, which is both a religious and political ideology and keeps undermining our republican model insidiously.
The fight is not over: we must address the challenges, the means and the prospects relentlessly.
In this context, ELNET has created the "European Summit on Islamist Radicalization and the Terrorist Threat" with the support of former Prime Minister Manuel Valls. This Summit has become an unmissable event, whose ambition is to decipher the mechanisms of Islamist ideology and its harmful power, by offering an unprecedented platform for discussions.
The first three sessions were held on January 11, March 22 and June 23, 2021. They brought together French and European leading experts, academics, journalists and policymakers, who discussed Islamist separatism, European jihadism, the fight against terrorism on a European scale, cyberjihadism and deradicalization policies.
The final session will take place on Monday December 6, 2021 in Paris. It will assess the “war on terror” 20 years after 9/11 and in the wake of the American withdrawal from Afghanistan. The strategic and geopolitical consequences of such an overturning will be analyzed through regional and international perspectives, questioning Europe’s ability to cooperate with its American and Israeli allies. The lessons of the November 2015 Paris attacks will also be analyzed, in the context of the biggest terror trial ever opened in France.
Dr. Arié Bensemhoun, CEO
David Khalfa, Program Director
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Sandra Boëlle, MP of Paris, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee
Arié Bensemhoun, Chief Executive Officer, ELNET France
Victor Poirier, Director of publications, Montaigne Institute
IS NOVEMBER 13,2015 « FRANCE'S 9/11 »?
Animation: Michaël Darmon, Columnist, I24news
Conversation with Bernard Cazeneuve*, former Prime Minister
ROUNDTABLE: FOLLOWING TALIBAN’S TAKEOVER IN AFGHANISTAN: A TRANSLATANTIC PERSPECTIVE ON THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM TWENTY YEARS AFTER 9/11
Presentation: David Khalfa, Program Director, ELNET France
Moderation : Isabelle Lasserre, Deputy Editor-in-chief, Le Figaro
Jean-Louis Bourlanges (France), President of the Foreign Affairs Committee, French National Assembly
Colin P. Clarke (US), Senior Research Fellow, Director of Policy and Research, The Soufan Group
Gen. Christophe Gomart (France), former Director of Military Intelligence
Suzanne Raine (UK), Professor of War Studies, King’s College
Anne-Clémentine Larroque (France), Historian, Expert of Islamism and Analyst at the Ministry of Justice
Benjamin Haddad (France), Senior Director of the Europe Center, Atlantic Council
Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler (Germany), Senior Director of the Counter Extremism Project, distinguished counterterrorism expert at the United Nations Security Council
Yoram Schweitzer (Israel), Senior Research Fellow, Head of the Program on Terrorism and Low Intensity Conflicts, The Institute for National Security Studies
THE STATE OF THE TERRORIST THREAT IN FRANCE: THE ROLE OF THE JUDICIARY
Moderation: Cécile Ollivier, BFM TV
Conversation with David de Pas, Magistrate, Coordinator for counterterrorism, High Court of Paris
DEBATE : THE IDEOLOGICAL FIGHT AGAINST ISLAMISM, A CHALLENGE FOR THE REPUBLIQUE
Moderation: Laure Daussy, Charlie Hebdo
Carine Azzopardi, Journalist
Fadila Maaroufi, Director of the Observatory of Fundamentalisms, Brussels
Najwa El Haïté, Lawyer, Deputy Mayor of Evry in charge of culture
FROM NOVEMBER 13, 2015 TO A POST-DAESH ERA : THE ROLE OF INTELLIGENCE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM
Presentation : Victor Delage, Director of Studies, Foundation for Political Innovation
Moderation : Gauthier Rybinski, Columnist, France 24
Patrick Calvar, former Head of the General Directorate for Internal Security (DGSI)
Maj. Gen (ret.) Oz Noy (Israel), Head of the Israel and Abroad Division of Shabak, fellow at ICT Herzliya
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: IS ISLAMISM ISLAM'S DISEASE?
Moderation: Sara Daniel, International Reporter, L’Obs
Keynote speaker: Chems-Eddine Hafiz, Rector of the Great Mosque of Paris
Manuel Valls, former Prime Minister
Arié Bensemhoun, Chief Executive Officer, ELNET France