Breaking the ISIS Brand: Understanding Trajectories into and out of Terrorism and Using Counter-Messaging to Prevent and intervene in Terrorism and Violent Extremism

On behalf of the international Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE)

We are pleased to extend to you this Exclusive invitation to the ICSVE Europe event: a formal lunch at The Sofitel, Brussels, featuring a panel of experts discussing, Breaking the ISIS Brand: Understanding Trajectories Into and out of Terrorism and Using Counter-Messaging to Prevent and intervene in Terrorism and Violent Extremism.

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Highlights of the event:

H.E Mr. Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al Khulaifi, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Kingdom of Belgium and head of its mission to the European Union and NATO participated in a seminar on combating terrorism and violent extremism organized by the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism in cooperation with the Middle East Dialogue Center on Friday 30 November 2018 in Brussels.


HE Mr. Gilles De Kerchove, European Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, Ms. Anne Speckhard, Director of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism, Mr. Gert Vercauteren, Head of Analysis at the Belgian Risk Assessment Panel, Ms. Beatrice Bouharmont, Of the Belgian Federal Police and Ms Mirjam Parre of the Dutch police, were the speakers participating in the seminar and the panel discussion.


H.E Ambassador stressed that the State of Qatar attaches great importance to the issue of extremism and terrorism and participates in the international efforts in this field in addition to strengthening its national legislations to combat this phenomenon, noting the efforts of the State in combating the causes and roots of terrorism through education and economic empowerment in places of conflict such as Syria, Iraq and others. He referred to national initiatives such as education above all, Silatec and other projects that support Arab youth to prevent them from falling into the trap of extremism and terrorism.


The Director of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism praised the State of Qatar's efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism and supported the Center in this regard.


The speakers addressed the phenomenon of terrorism in Europe and the return of foreign fighters, and the methods followed by European countries to prevent extremism.


Date: November 30, 2018 Location: Sofitel Hotel Place Jourdan 1, 1040 Bruxelles, Belgium Time: 12:00 - 12:30 PM - Drinks and Reception 12:30 PM - Seating for Lunch & Panel Begins 3:00 PM - Panel Adjourns.


Chris Dickey

Introductions and Presiding over the Panel as the Master of Ceremonies Foreign Editor of the Daily Beast.

Gilles de Kerchove

EU Counter Terrorism Coordinator
 Speaking on EU responses to counter terrorism.

H.E Ambassador Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al Khulaifi

Qatar and their fight against terrorism and Partnership with ICSVE.

Anne Speckhard

Director, ICSVE - Breaking the ISIS Brand: Understanding Trajectories into Terrorism and Using Counter -Messaging to Prevent and Intervene in Terrorism and Violent Extremism - Using counter narratives in online and face-to-face Encounters.
Paul Van Tigchelt    Director, Belgian OCAD, speaking on the current Belgian security situation and showing one of the ICSVE videos of a Belgian denouncing lSlS.
Mirjam Parre  Dutch National Police, the Hague, Policy Advisor Terrorism - Presenting on Violent Extremism in the Netherlands, Results of the ICSVE Counter Narrative Campaigns in the Netherlands and Using Counter Narratives in Policing.

Beatrice Bouharmont

Liege Belgian Federal Police - speaking on collaboration with ICSVE -presenting one of the ICSVE produced Counter-narrative videos featuring a Belgian extremist and presenting the results from the ICSVE-run Belgian FB Campaigns.

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