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Egmontstraat 11 rue d’Egmont - 1000 Brussels
On Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st of March 2019, a study visit on P/CVE in United States and its relations with the European approach will take place in Brussels.

Next 20th and 21th of March a study visit on P/CVE practices in United States and its interdependencies with European Union will take place in Brussels, organized by the MINDb4ACT partners Elcano Royal Institute, AGENFOR, the Italian Ministry of Justice and the University of Brussels VUB in collaboration with the European Foundation for Democracy and the European Policy Center.

The aim is to bring together US and EU experts and first-line practitioners in the field of counter-radicalization and prevention of violent extremism. This initiative will be an opportunity to establish intercontinental dialogue between the aforementioned categories of professionals in order to exchange good practices and lessons learned, with a principle focus on: The current trends in radicalization of individuals/groups; Interplay of different ideologies; and Technological advancement in counter-radicalization and preventive activities.

Below, the program:





Day 1. 20.03.2019 

14:00 – 18:00

Conference“The fights against Terrorism. Three years after Brussels attacks”

Org. by European Foundation for Democracy and European Policy Center

Venue: University Foundation, Egmontstraat 11 rue d’Egmont – 1000 Brussels


Day 2. 21.03.2019

09:00 – 14:15

Experts Round table

Sharing the insights on the US and EU approaches in tackling radicalisation and violent extremism

Venue: University Foundation, Egmontstraat 11 rue d’Egmont – 1000 Brussels

09.00 – coffee served

09.30 – 09.45 – Welcoming by Elcano and VUB

09.45 – 10.00– Mini-briefing by European Foundation for Democracy. Overview of the current trends in prevention of violent radicalisation in Europe: grass-root perspective


10.00 – 11.00 Current trends in radicalisation in the US and EU Member States

Moderator: Irina van der Vet (@IES_Brussels)

10.00 – 10.15 – Omar Ramadan (@__O_Ramadan), Head of RAN CoE

10.15 – 10.30 – Gregory Hughes (@usembbrussels), FBI Assistant Legal Attaché at the US Embassy (Brussels)

10.30 – 11.00 – Reflections, discussion and exchange


11.00 – 12.00 Technological solutions in prevention

Moderator: Sergio Bianchi (@agenfor)

11.00 – 11.15 – Steven Van de Steen (@vdststev), Corrections Technology Expert at Smart Corrections BVBA

11.15 – 11.30 – Mikael Falkovén (@MSAB_XRY), VP Sales at MSAB                                                                                                                           & Bianca Reisdorf (@comm2089), Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

11.30 – 12.00 – Reflections, discussion and exchange


12.00 – 13.00 – Networking lunch


13.00 – 14.00 Interplay of different ideologies in radicalisation

Moderator: Fernando Reinares (@F_Reinares)

13.00 – 13.15 – David Harris (@DavidHarris707), CEO American Jewish Committee (New York)

13.15 – 13.30 – Christiane Höhn (@EUCouncil), Principal Adviser to the EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator, EU Council

13.30 – 14.00 – Reflections, discussion and exchange

14.00 – 14.10 – Closing remarks and coffee


For more information about the event, please contact Virginia Cinelli vcinelli@rielcano.org and Irina van der Vet Irina.van.der.vet@vub.be.