Meeting in The Hague of the PREPARE project for the prevention of radicalization in young people

The PREPARE project, funded by the European Union, aims to study the effects of violent radicalization on children and young people who grow up in the environment of violent extremism. At the seminar that took place in The Hague last Wednesday, May 11, people with a professional career related to psychotherapy and work with young people were invited, as well as people who are experts in violent radicalization, including the researcher from the Euro-Arab Foundation , Josep García Coll, expert on radicalization and violent extremism.

During the meeting, experiences and data on the specific risks for children who grow up in this type of environment and the most effective reintegration strategies were contrasted. He highlighted the discussion on the way in which values ​​and ideologies are transmitted from mothers and fathers to children. Sometimes this takes place explicitly, but the fact is that, even in the absence of these, values ​​and ideologies can be transmitted from an idealization of the absent parent as a hero or a fighter against the state, especially if the mother or the father is in prison.

As examples of good practices, among others, the effectiveness of interventions in which the family environment is trained to work with the minor in question was highlighted. The use of mentorships between the minor and older people who can offer positive social models far from the armed militancy of the father or mother, while offering new possibilities for personal development, was also recommended.

EN Hope EN Interrad EN Mirad EN Pave

Granada hosts the 7th International Countering Violent Extremism Research Conference

The International Countering Violent Extremism Research Conference 2022 takes place from May 23 to 25 in Granada, at the Faculty of Law.

Hedayah, the Euro-Arab Foundation, the European Institute for Counter Terrorism and Conflict Prevention, Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, Moonshot, United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism and University of Granada hold the Seventh International Countering Violent Extremism Research Conference 2022. The Conference is sponsored by the Government of Spain and with the strategic partnership of the Royal United Services Institute, the Cyber Threats Research Centre (CYTREC) and Tech against Terrorism.

With the aim of responding to current and evolving terrorist and violent extremism threats and challenges, this seventh edition is being held with a forecast attendance of a hundred guests, including experts and researchers in the field, policymakers and practitioners from around the world

For three days, the conference addresses, through different round tables, the areas that affect the analysis of the current situation and future scenarios, such as: the implications of COVID-19 on this type of extremist actors; the role of the Internet and new technologies; the effects of environmental change on violent extremism; the fight against extremist groups of ideological inspiration; how to deal with the rise of the radical right; gender and youth in the prevention and fight against violent extremism, among other issues.

Inauguration and opening conference

The Conference will be inaugurated by the Rector of the University of Granada on Monday, May 23, at 9 a.m., in the Paraninfo of the Faculty of Law and will be attended by the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, Lana Zaki Nusseibeh; Chief of Strategic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Bahrain, Nancy Abdulla Jamal; the Minister Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Spain at the European Union, Guillermo Anguera Gual; the Major General, Guardia Civil and Director, Center for Intelligence against Terrorism and Organized Crime (CITCO), Manuel Navarrete Paniagua; the sub-delegate of the Government in Granada, Inmaculada López Calahorro; the President of the European Institute for Counter Terrorism and Conflict Prevention (EICTP), Herbert Scheibner and the Head of Global Programme on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office (UNOCT), Sean Hutchinson, among other prominent national and international professionals. 

The co-organization of this international Conference by the Euro-Arab Foundation is established based on the work that we have been developing over the years in terms of radicalization and violent extremism. At the moment, we are carrying out 10 projects funded by the European Union and the Government of Spain, four of them address this framework, the PAVE, HOPE, MIRAD, INTERRAD projects.

EN Retopea News

RETOPEA Warsaw Conference

The Euro-Arab Foundation participates on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 May in a conference organized at the University of Warsaw within the framework of the RETOPEA Project.

In this event, we will do an overview of the research activities that have been developed within the project around the main issues that RETOPEA addresses, such as interreligious dialogue, cultural policies, educational policies and public representation of religion .

In this same conference, the monograph Religious diversity in Europe: Mediating the Past to the Young is presented. London: Bloomsbury, 2022, whose editors are Professors Elena Arigita, from the University of Granada, Riho Altnurme (Univ. Tartu) and Patrick Pasture (KU Leuven).

The docutubes made in this project will also be presented, as well as the project to publish a volume on the use of clippings for educational purposes: Karel Van Nieuwenhuyse et al.: Religious diversity, tolerance and peace-making in past and present. Beyond the stereotypes.
Along with this conference, an Steering Committee meeting of the RETOPEA project will take place.

EN Bigosint EN Standup News

Virtual reality sessions and coordination of the BIGOSINT and STAND-UP European projects at the Euro-Arab

An important work agenda begins this morning at the headquarters of the Euro-Arab Foundation today and tomorrow, May 10 and 11, developed by the consortium of two European projects in which the Euro-Arab participates, the BIGOSINT project and STAND -UP.

The objective of this conference is to work on the training and coordination of the pilot tests that will be carried out, sharing the tools and platforms of these two projects financed by the European Commission, the BIGOSINT project, whose objective is to counteract Trafficking in Human Beings through the analysis of Big Data and Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and the STAND-UP project that focuses its work on the fight against hate in the European Union.

In this sense, training in Virtual Reality will be held tomorrow in Granada. With it, it will be possible to support the understanding of the training methodology that both projects will apply in a later phase. This, in turn, will allow them to contribute to the development of the training content and its implementation in a more meaningful way.

This joint activity is expected to open the way to new collaborations with other projects financed by the European Union, those that share a similar research approach and training methodologies, as well as beneficiaries and the use of open source intelligence.