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On April 23, 2021, police officer Stéphanie Monfermé was assassinated by an Islamist at the entrance of the police station of Rambouillet. He had no criminal record and was unknown to the intelligence services.
This umpteenth attack has faced us once again with an endogenous terrorist threat. Once again, it has shed the light on the existence of an "atmospheric jihadism", which intends to spread chaos and sow terror in France and throughout Europe.
Year after year, month after month, the attacks follow one another and Islamist radicalization continues to undermine national cohesion and to weaken the pillars of our republican pact. There was recently Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, there is now Rambouillet. However, France and Europe are not condemned to endure the terrorist threat and Islamist radicalization, which jeopardize the European dream. The fight is not over: we must address the challenges, the means and the prospects relentlessly.
In that context, ELNET created the “European Summit on Islamist Radicalization and the Terrorist Threat”, with the participation of former Prime Minister Manuel Valls. The first two sessions were held on January 11 and March 22, 2021. They brought together leading French and European experts, academics, journalists and policymakers, who discussed Islamist separatism, “French-style” secularism, freedom of expression, European jihadism, as well as the fight against terrorism on a European scale.
The third session of this European Summit will be held on June 23. It will focus on the evaluation of European public policies about deradicalization, the fight against Islamist propaganda online and its violent implementation: terrorism.
This European summit is intended to be held annually. It is designed to provide an unprecedented platform for high-level informal discussions, bringing leading politicians and experts from across Europe and the Arab-Muslim world together.
By sharing analyzis and expertise, it aims to provide a better understanding of the radical Islamist movement, its historical and geopolitical roots, its components and its harmful power, as well as of the terrorist threat that Europe is facing, in order to fight it better.
It is by facing this unprecedented security challenge that Europe will be able to safeguard its future.
Arié Bensemhoun, Executive Director, ELNET France
DEBATE : FIGHTING ISLAMIST TERRORISM, A CHALLENGE FOR EUROPE'S SECURITY AND FUTURE
Joan Ryan, Executive Director, ELNET UK
Manuel Valls, former French Prime Minister
Theresa May, former British Prime Minister
Laure Mandeville, Senior International Reporter, Le Figaro
ROUNDTABLE : ASSESSING EUROPEAN PUBLIC POLICIES ON DERADICALIZATION
David Khalfa, Program Director, ELNET France
Marc Hecker (France), Research Director at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), Chief Editor of Politique étrangère, Author of The Twenty Years War, Jihadism and Counter-Terrorism in the XXIst Century
Sofia Koller (Germany), Project Leader of the International Forum for Expert Exchange on Countering Islamist Extremizm, Research Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
Dr. Ali Al Nuaimi (UAE), Chairman of Hedayah, Chairman of the UAE Foreign Affairs Committee
Thomas Renard (Belgium), Senior Fellow at the Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations, Author of The Evolution of Counter-Terrorism since 9/11
Hugo Micheron (France), Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Institute for Transregional Studies, Princeton University, Author of French Jihadism: Districts, Syria, Jails
Gauthier Rybinski, Columnist for international politics, France 24
KEYNOTE SPEAKER : COUNTER-SPEECH: THE RELIGIOUS REFERENCE
Rachid Benzine (France), Islamologist and Playwright, Author of Letters to Nour
ROUNDTABLE : HOW TO FIGHT CYBERJIHADISM ?
Julia Obermeier (Allemagne), Resident Representative in Israel, The Hanns Seidel Foundation
Laurence Bindner (France), Co-Founder of the JOS Project
Antonis Samouris (Greece), Head of Terrorist Propaganda Analysis and Referrals, European Counter Terrorism Center at EUROPOL
Erin Saltman (USA), Director of Programming, Global Internet Forum for Counter-Terrorism (GIFTC)
Benjamin Hodayé (France), Historian and Expert of Islam in France and Europe, Montaigne Institute
Ezra Saar (Israel), Fellow at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya.
Etienne Jacob, Political Journalist, Le Figaro
Camille Godeau, Deputy Director, Montaigne Institute
Arié Bensemhoun, CEO, Executive Director, ELNET France