How particular was this week’s foiled terrorist plot in Belgium ? And why has this country the highest per capita number of foreign fighters ?Owen Bennett-Jones (BBC Newshour)
The main impact of 9/11 on European societies has been to crystallize the pre-existing debate on immigration around the culturalist paradigm. In mainstream thinking the culture of the immigrants came to be seen as the major obstacle to their integration.Rik Coolsaet (Mohammed Ayoob, Assessing the War on Terror)
As French forces are engaged in combat operations in Mali, even belated EU involvement remains crucial, to ensure that the intervention fits in with the political end-state that the EU rightly pursues.Rik Coolsaet, Sven Biscop, Jo Coelmont (Security Policy Brief Egmont Institute)
This book is essential for officials involved in identifying and profiling the scope and nature of any jihadi terror threat. It is a compendium of academic research and the experience of hands-on counter-terrorism experts.
More than a decade after al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attacks on US soil, it becomes easier to reflect on what this event has meant for global politics.
Review of: Jihadi Terrorism and the Radicalisation Challenge:
(…) an important updated second edition volume edited by Rik Coolsaet (…) a stirring account of the recent problems concerning jihadi terrorism and its precursor phenomenon, radicalization.
Europe did not wake up to terrorism on 9/11; terrorism is solidly entrenched in Europe’s past. The 9/11 attacks undoubtedly brought the EU into uncharted territory, boosting existing cooperation and furthering political integration – in particular in the field of justice and home affairs – to a degree few would have imagined some years earlier.Rik Coolsaet (International Affairs)
A concise Report prepared by the European Commission’s Expert Group on Violent Radicalisationrikcoolsaet.be
What are the main strands in the mood of today’s world citizen? He feels lost and ill at ease in the complex world that surrounds him. And, secondly, he resents the state of the world as fundamentally lopsided. Global uneasiness leads to polarisation. Global inequity stimulates radicalisation.
The escalating international row over a dozen cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten looks to many Europeans as an exaggerated reaction by hypersensitive Muslims.