Bruxelles (Belgique)

Countering violent extremism in the Western Balkans and Turkey What avenues for stronger EU-U.S. cooperation ?

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The European Policy Centre, in cooperation with the U.S. Mission to the EU, is pleased to invite you to this Policy Dialogue, which will be preceded by a Networking Lunch.

With :

Jeremy Shapiro
Research Director, European Council on Foreign Relations

Peter Spoor
Adviser to the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, Council of the European Union

Ruşen Çakır
Turkish Journalist and Author, Founder of

Gjergji Vurmo
Programme Director, Institute for Democracy and Mediation, Albania

Amanda Paul
Senior Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre (Moderator)

EPC Auditorium (3rd floor), Rue du Trône 14-16, 1000 Brussels
13.00-15.00 (preceded by a networking lunch from 12.00 onwards)

Countering violent extremism is a complex challenge. In the long-term, it requires a multi-dimensional strategy combining security, societal and communication policy tools, both at home and in destination countries. In order to be effective, the U.S. and the EU, therefore, need to build lasting cooperation with other countries and areas of the world. This includes, most notably, the Western Balkans and Turkey, which are increasingly serving as a source and/or transit point for foreign fighters.

What is the extent of the threat posed by violent extremism to the political and societal stability of the Western Balkans and Turkey ? What financial and operational interlinkages exist between terrorism and organised crime in those countries ? What is the state of play of the U.S.’s and the EU’s respective strategies of engagement towards source and transit regions beyond their borders, in particular the Western Balkans and Turkey ? How can the U.S.-EU partnership fully exploit its high potential to ensure the security of key partner countries affected by the scourge of violent extremism ? And what could stronger EU-U.S. cooperation bring to the current debate on international terrorism in leading multilateral for a, such as the United Nations or the Global Counterterrorism Forum ?

Please send your participation request to :

European Policy Centre
Tel : 02 231 03 40