Parallel Breakout Session 1
YOUNG PEOPLE AND ISLAMIC RADICALISATION IN EUROPE
The rise of extremism sits at or near the top of the list of key challenges Europe faces.
Foundations, European institutions, national and local governments, and civil society
must join their efforts to find coherent long-term approaches that recognise the
complexity of issues around extremism, including its global dimensions, and the notions
of identity and values. Critically, the vulnerability of young people must be addressed in a
way that does not impinge on civil liberties and exacerbate tensions in our communities.
This session explores how these actors can work towards not only eliminating the
immediate security risk but also responding to the increasingly hostile attitude towards
Muslim communities, an attitude that poses serious threats to the cohesion of European
Tufyal Choudhury – Lecturer in international human rights law, Durham University
Pierre Conesa – Former high-ranking civil servant and lecturer at Sciences po Paris
Tehmina Kazi – Director, British Muslims for Secular Democracy
Gilles de Kerchove – EU Counterterrorism Coordinator, Council of the European Union
Luc Tayart de Borms – Managing Director, King Baudouin Foundation