Breaking the Cycle of Violent Extremism

11 September 2018, 19:00
Tuesday September 11, 2018 7:00 PM


In our societies today we can witness the resurgence of different form of violent extremism. Resemblances can be found between jihadism and white-nativist fascism and extreme-left anarchism that equally undermine conventional authority. Initiatives to counter this phenomenon therefore must be based, among others, on an improved inter-community dialogue which boost social inclusion to overcome discrimination and alienation.

We look forward to seeing you at our high level panel discussion on what we can do as a society to stop the cycle of violent extremism. Our panelists will delve into questions such as:

  • How can governments better support grassroots-level organisations and community members to enhance their understanding of local drivers of radicalisation and violent extremism?
  • How can we empower young people, families, communities and educators to respond to radicalisation attempts?
  • How can the police better work with tech companies to build effective counter narratives on social media?
  • Are governments and public opinion focused on the growing danger posed by far right and far left groups?

After opening remarks and discussion, the audience will be invited to participate through Q&A.


  • Saad Amrani,Chief Commissioner and Policy Advisor of the Belgian Federal Police
  • Julia Ebner, LSE alumna and researcher at the London-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue and Author of The Rage: The Vicious Circle of Islamist and Far-Right Extremism
  • Bart Somers, Mayor of Mechelen and President of the ALDE in the European Committee of the Region

Date and time: Tuesday 11 September, 19:00 - 20:30. Registration from 18:45. The event will be followed by a networking reception for participants.
Venue: Open Society European Policy Institute, Rue du Trône 130, Brussels
Event open to: LSE Alumni and Friends (paying and non-paying).
Registration: Required

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