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MIRAD project ends bringing together research, policy and practice in the fight against multi-ideological radicalisation

The final event of the European MIRAD project ended two years of work dedicated to assestment and prevention of radicalisation. The objectives of the MIRAD project were achieved thanks to the cooperation of the project consortium partners, to which the Euro-Arab Foundation belongs,  from seven European countries, together with a group of experts from the MIRAD Advisory Board, the KES Advisory Council and members of the Expert Boards on Jihadist Extremism and Right-wing Extremism.

The event was opened by Christiane Hoehn, Principal Advisor to the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, who acknowledged the good work of the MIRAD project and its alignment with the strategic orientations of the European Commission. The final conference was attended by leading practitioners, prison staff, security forces, probation officers, NGOs and policy makers from different EU and non-EU countries.

During the event, the results of the project were presented, such as a tool to assess the reliability and capacity of NGOs to support de-radicalisation processes. Among the most expected results, the adaptation of the IRS risk assessment tool to consider the role of gender and ideology in the radicalisation process with a focus on right-wing extremism and jihadist extremism stands out.

Besides, a series of collaborative protocols for multi-agency transition were presented, stemming from the key role played by CSOs/NGOs and volunteers in promoting reintegration programmes, fostering inter-agency cooperation. The results of mixed-method training courses (training of trainers, e-Learning course, virtual reality training scenarios) to maximise the results of radicalisation disengagement and reintegration programmes were also made public.

Some of the conclusions reached at the final MIRAD event were the still high threat of islamist terrorism and the growing danger of right-wing extremism. The need for rehabilitation outside and inside prison and the need to assess what happens after prison was also addressed, as well as the identification of prisoners vulnerable to radicalisation as a basis for prevention and disengagement, and the promotion of models and protocols for inter-sectoral and inter-institutional collaboration.

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The Euro-Arab Foundation takes part in the 23rd Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology (EUROCRIM)

In a panel held this morning dedicated to the MIRAD project, Josep García Coll, researcher at the Euro-Arab Foundation, and Mariyan Sabev and Darina Sarafova, from the Centre for the Study of Democracy, presented a paper on ‘Assessine risk of violent extremism in prison and probation contexts’, focusing on the development of risk assessment tools, specifically for violent radicalisation of the extreme right and jihadist radicalisation.

The presentation outlined the main elements and risk indicators to be taken into account when carrying out risk assessments of people convicted of violent extremism offences. The development of these tools is motivated by the needs of professionals working on the front line with people deprived of liberty or who are moving towards probation or parole. The differentiation in the tools used according to the ideologies mentioned will improve the design and implementation of existing rehabilitation and reintegration programmes and thus achieve better results in the disengagement and reintegration into society of these persons.

Regarding right-wing extremism, research shows that the main risk factors include social marginalisation, perceived threats to traditional values, belief in conspiracy theories, anti-immigrant sentiment, political and social polarisation, economic insecurity, and exposure to extremist networks.

With respect to jihadist violent extremism, recent literature shows that the main risk factors are related to feelings of community grievances, complete distrust of the government and institutions, perceived ingroup superiority and other psycho-social factors like narcissism, sensation-seeking, cognitive closure or social alienation, amongst others.

The other two presentations held at EUROCRIM focused on ‘Training prison, probation and community staff on radicalisation and violent extremism: Results from a cross-sectoral and mixed-method training initiative‘ by IPS (Innovative Prison Systems) and on ‘Interinstitutional collaboration towards successful disengagement and social reintegration of violent and terrorist offenders‘ developed by the Centre for the Study of Democracy.

The MIRAD project (Multi-ideological Radicalisation Assessment towards Disengagement) is funded by the European Commission’s Internal Security Fund. The consortium is coordinated by the Emerging Security and Defence Team of the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts in France (le cnam) and includes partners from Portugal, Poland, Bulgaria, France, Greece and Belgium, as well as the Euro-Arab Foundation in Spain.

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Round table presentation of conclusions and recommendations of MIRAD project

On 30 May, the Euro-Arab Foundation hosted the presentation of the conclusions and recommendations of the MIRAD project (Multi-Ideological Radicalisation Assessment towards Disengagement), a closed-door meeting attended by leading professionals in the prevention of radicalisation and disengagement, belonging to security forces, NGOs and penitentiary institutions.

The conference began with the presentation of the project and the protocols of multi-agency cooperation in de-radicalisation and disengagement work in prison, probation and community contexts. This was followed by the presentation of tools for assessing the risk of radicalisation in the aforementioned contexts, together with the presentation of the tool developed for the assessment of competences and integrity for work in coordination with NGOs.

During this meeting, the invited professionals shared their considerations on the tool and the criteria presented by the project researchers, issuing a final assessment on the identified needs of frontline practitioners.

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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.

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A Call to Join the MIRAD Expert Board

MIRAD overview 

MIRAD is an 18-month project co-funded by Internal Security Fund. MIRAD’s main goal is to build upon IRS (Individual Radicalisation Screening)[1] and develop specific, add-on ideological-centred assessment sheets to the IRS, having in consideration two different extremist typologies: right-wing extremism and Islamist extremism. For MIRAD, the role of gender is important as well. The MIRAD project also aims to train practitioners from prison, probation, and non-governmental organisations via e-learning and virtual-reality scenarios. In addition, the project foresees the development of an instrument to assess the trustworthiness and capability of NGOs that work with extremist/radical individuals, which could later be used by prison and probation systems in the EU.

The idea behind Expert Board

To ensure the continuity of preventive efforts in Europe, it is necessary to identify and map out experts in the field of P/CVE. The experts can represent science and research, practitioners, networks, civil society organisations, and other stakeholders in the field of right-wing and Islamist extremism risk assessment and intervention. As part of the MIRAD project, two Expert Boards will be established: one in the field of Right-wing extremism, and the second one on Islamist extremism. The Expert Board will be a body consisting of 8 experts acting on a volunteer basis, which will be supporting the MIRAD project in assessing whether the developed solutions are practical and can be applied. The Expert Board members will be chosen by MIRAD’s consortium Members taking into account experience in the field of radicalisation.

The task of the Experts

Members of the Expert Board will support the MIRAD project in the evaluation of the developed IRS assessment sheet which will be extended within a specific set of right-wing-centered and Islamic dimensions. The IRS assessment sheet will focus on the characteristics of FTFs/HTFs and gender issues. This task with the support of the Expert Board will provide the opportunity for the development of analyses regarding different dimensions, revealing whether inmates are likely to be experiencing certain stages of the radicalisation process.

How to become a Board Member?

To become a board member, please complete this form:

During registration, you will be required to enter your first and last name, sector and a short description of your experience.

The Submission deadline is on the 28th March 2022.

[1] A radicalisation risk assessment instrument was previously developed during the R2PRIS project. The IRS is part of the Radicalisation Risk Assessment in Prisons Toolset (commonly known as RRAP), which was considered a promising practice in this field by the European Commission.

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MIRAD Opening Conference

“Continuity in Counter-radicalisation Programmes: MIRAD threefold approach” online conference is an event marking the launch of MIRAD project.

MIRAD (Multi-Ideological Radicalisation Assessment towards Disengagement) is funded by the European Commission’s Internal Security Fund – Police (ISFP) (GA no. 101035878). Its official consortium kick-off took place in January this year and this conference will bring the subject of the project together with its main goals and background to a interested in audience.  Additionally, invited keynote speakers will share experience, a wider perspective and different aspects within the radicalisation topic.

The event is addressed to a wide range of stakeholders and practitioners involved in monitoring, preventing and counteracting radicalisation especially NGO organisations working with extremist/radical individuals, prison and probation staff, judicial staff, researchers, practitioners, networks, civil society organisations, and other stakeholders in the field of Violent right-wing extremism and Islamist Extremism risk assessment and intervention; and other entities interested in this topic.

The opening conference will be held online on 24 February starting at 12:00 CET. Registration is required. Registration form can be found here.

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The MIRAD project begins: Multi-Ideological Radicalisation Assessment towards Disengagement

Between today and tomorrow, representatives of the 7 European organizations that make up the MIRAD European consortium will meet to start this new project funded by the European Union’s Internal Security Fund–Police. The meeting will be held in a hybrid format in Paris, France, and online through the Zoom platform.

In the different sessions, there will be an introduction of the project partners and their respective organizations; a contextualization of MIRAD, objectives, results, events and a brief summary of its work packages; a detailed presentation of the MIRAD Work Packages by their respective leaders, of the MIRAD internal communication channel as well as a co-joint debate and decision-making on additional relevant issues related to the project.

The MIRAD-Assessment of Multi-Ideological Radicalisation Assessment towards Disengagement project recognizes the importance of rehabilitating people convicted of terrorism and ensuring their reintegration, seeking with its work to be able to sustainably influence the intellectual debate and the practical application of radicalization detection and risk assessment tools in the prison context with the support of NGOs related to criminal justice systems.

The actions contemplated in the MIRAD project are aimed at expanding collaboration in the field of disengagement and reintegration programs amongst governmental bodies and non-institutional organisations; enhance proficiency in the application and management of specific and tailor-made radicalisation screening and risk assessment tools; promoting training and learning to maximize the results of deradicalization and reintegration programs as well as paying greater attention to programs for violent extremist offenders, through cooperative relationships between prison and liberty administrations probation, legal professionals and NGOs.

The Euro-Arab Foundation will collaborate in work package 3 ‘Individual Radicalization Screening (IRS) adaptation and ideological-focused component’, to the development of an assessment tool focused on the ideological component of Islamic extremism.

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Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers – ,France


 IPS_Innovative Prison Systems (IPS), Portugal
 Polish Platform for Homeland Security (PPHS), Poland
 Euro-Arab Foundation of Higher-Studies (FUNDEA), Spain
– Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD), Bulgaria
 Social Action and Innovation Centre (KMOP), Greece
– Association Militants des Savoirs (MDS), France
– International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology (IACFP), Belgium