Congresses & Conferences

Prevention, De- radicalisation and Citizenship
23-24 June 2016
Amstelpark 1, Europaboulevard
1083 HZ Amsterdam

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Preventie van radicalisering stelt overheden en professionals nog steeds voor vele vragen. Wat zijn effectieve interventies, wie hebben hier een taak in te vervullen, hoe moet er samengewerkt worden en wat is een goede balans tussen preventie en repressie?

Arq Psychotrauma Expert Groep organiseert de TERRA conferentie ‘Prevention, De-radicalisation and Citizenship’. Internationale experts zoals professor Fathali Moghaddam, Dr. Lorenzo Vidino, Maajid Nawaz, Rt Hon Hazel Blears en Max Boon, zullen inzichten delen.

Tijdens het middagprogramma zijn er praktische workshops rond de TERRA Toolkit en de best practices. De toolkit wordt aan de deelnemers beschikbaar gesteld in de Nederlandse vertaling.

Burgemeesters kunnen in een ronde tafel bijeenkomst exclusief spreken met de internationale experts.

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21st January 2015, London


Parliamentary Roundtable Countering Extremism and Radicalisation

The Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP opened the Roundtable welcoming the participants, representatives from government and opposition, senior MP’s, legal experts, academics, faith and community leaders and observers from international organisations. She referred to the terror attacks in Paris the week before, the 7/7 attacks in London and other attacks throughout Europe. In the context of these violent acts the Roundtable was aimed at sharing thoughts and views on this important issue and to see if more could be done countering these extremist acts.


James Brokenshire, the Ministry of State for Security, called upon to stand up for freedom and the right to live free from discrimination, and that we should do everything possible to prevent vulnerable people to radicalise. Prevention programs should therefore also being expanded to non-violent extremism. There are already many successful prevention programs in Britain like INSPIRE, FAST, STRIVE, CHANNEL and the Prevent strategy and many more.Finding the balance between free debate and challenging extremism is an important guiding principle in dealing with the issue of radical and extremist ideologies.

Maajid Nawaz stressed that in the last years new voices are speaking up against extremism, voices from within the muslim community and women who speak up and express their concerns. This is an important development. About the role muslims play in this matter it is not so much about responsibillity, but more about loyalty. Muslims appreciate when non-muslims speak up against non-muslims bigotry. People should be standing side-by-side in this. The model of representation should be a model of political representatives, more than the representation by community leaders. The political representatives are the legal representatives for citizens. And there is a need to extend the counter-extremist strategy to non-violent extremism. In this prevent strategy coordination across departments is necessary, since several departments are involved in counter-extremist policy.

Professor Peter Neumann of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation presented very interesting research material on the process of radicalisation and the different profiles of people traveling to Syria and joining the jihad. Two important aspects can be identified in the process of radicalisation; the 2nd and 3rd generation grievances and discrimination may open people for ideologies, it is not the cause of radicalisation, and the social aspect is an important aspect as well. People become part of a group out of a sense to belong.

His research group created a data base of 700 social media profiles to research the motivations of the people traveling to Syria. 3 or 4 narratives seem to dominate. There is the group who will join the fightinig in Syria out of a sense of adventure, looking for heroism and proving their masculinity. There is the group who really are motivated by the existential threat they perceive for the Soeni people, and that nobody came to help them. These are the people of the first wave traveling to Syria, they don’t see themselves as terrorists. And there is the group who is more ideological inspired and suppporting the kalifaat. Very interesting material which gives a better insight in the motivations and that they differ from each other.

Participants took actively part in the discussion and presented their experiences and expertise. A full report with recommendations will be prepared and will be put on the website as soon as it is published.

3rd March 2015, Brussels


One of the pillars of TERRA II will be to further develop the policy advice for local and national governments provided by TERRA I as part of the TERRA Toolkit

A kick-off event in Brussels 3rd March will include representatives from all of the European countries and a needs assessment to map the most pressing issues of policy where advice and support is needed. Speakers will be a.o. professor Fathali Moghaddam of Georgetown University Washington, director of the Conflict Resolution Program and Maajid Nawaz, author of ‘Radical’ and co-founder of the Quilliam Foundation London, the first counter-extremist think tank.


We would like to invite you to the TERRA Terrorism and Radicalisation, evidence-based policy EU working conference, which is taking place on Tuesday March 3rd, at the Husa President Park Hotel in Brussels.

This is a one-day conference which brings together officials and practitioners working in the counter-terrorism and counter-extremism fields, to share best practice and to contribute to a needs assessment that will form part of a report to the EU Commission. The concept program for the event can be found here.

Its aim is to:

¡         contribute to the provision of evidence-based policy advice to the EU Commission and EU member states

¡         improve the structure and strategy of counter-extremism

¡         facilitate the implementation of projects and initiatives

We invite you, as a counter-extremism practitioner, to attend this conference as we would like to hear about the approach of your organisation and your impressions of existing cross-border collaborative work. You are vital to helping us make an accurate assessment of each country’s needs as well as those of the European Union as a whole.

Please can you rsvp to or send an appropriate representative from your organisation. Should you be unable to attend, we would nonetheless like to remain in contact to receive a written submission from you, and to consider your work in our mapping of counter-extremism work in the EU, its effectiveness and its cost-effectiveness.

The conference will be held at the Husa President Park hotel, which is located in the centre of Brussels:

We have reserved a number of rooms for the evening of the 2nd March, which can be booked directly with the hotel at your expense, if you need a room.  These will be held until the 2nd of February 2015 by the hotel. Please reference the ‘TERRA’ conference when you book, if you make a booking by 2nd February. If you book after this date, rooms may still be available but please book early to avoid disappointment.

Please also indicate in your response to this invitation if you have any dietary requirements. On the evening of the 3rd March there will be a drinks reception for conference attendees which will provide good networking opportunities


The first conference for Terra held in Amsterdam brings together numerous actors of different nationalities with the aim to reach an agreement about good practice concerning de-radicalisation.

Magda Rooze, the project leader, opened the work sessions by highlighting the importance of the participation and interest of the opinions of those invited together with the reading material used by Terra.

The first intervention was made by Professor Fathali Moghaddam. His talk, “The staircase to terrorism”, developed the steps that are taken from a normal situation to radicalisation and the use of violence. The model provided by Moghaddam acts as a starting point for the project investigators at Terra in order to identify effective interventions for de-radicalisation in the different phases.

Jo Berry and Pat Magee were invited for the next presentation, “The power of Empathy, a personal story of an unlikely friendship”. Magee, an ex-IRA terrorist and the person responsible for the bomb that killed Jo Berry’s father, shared his personal experiences as a member of a terrorist group with those present. For their part, Jo Berry explained what had happened to have become involved in these events and participating in conferences with Magee. 

The work plan was based on 5 working groups; “Staircase to terrorism – Risk assessment and screening”, “Types of terrorists and the new types of terrorists through globalization processes”, “De-radicalisation and disengagement – exit from terrorism”, “Evaluating Counterterrorism Performance – Effective interventions and best practices” and “The voices of the victims – Education and campaigning”. The methodology chosen in the working groups allowed a great participation, with questions and answers and under the supervision of teachers and academic experts of recognised prestige in different subject matters. These persons, in addition, would subsequently put forth the conclusions reached on their tables to the rest of the groups in the last sessions of the conference. 

But before bringing the conference to an end, the participants made the most of the opportunity to listen to the talks of Mr. Stephen Travers (“The voice of the victims”) and Mr Maajid Nawaz (“The need for a 21st century attitude towards an agenda for countering terrorism”).

Here you will find the presentations