Event: ‘Report Launch: An Enduring Threat: Europe’s Islamist Terror Networks Then and Now’


ewrsTIME: 13:00 – 14:00, Thursday 15th September 2016

VENUE: Committee Room 11, House of Commons, Houses of Parliament, SW1A 0AA

SPEAKERS: Emma Webb, Research Fellow, Henry Jackson Society;
Rupert Sutton, Research Fellow, Henry Jackson Society

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With over a hundred deaths across Europe this year and last, there has been an undeniable resurgence of Islamist terrorism in Europe. But today its perpetrators typically declare their allegiance to ISIS, not Al-Qaeda, as those who attacked Madrid and London in 2004 and 2005 respectively did.  This crucial report is the first major comparison between the terrorist networks associated with al – Qaeda which targeted Europe in the early 2000s and the Islamic State (IS) networks which struck Europe between November 2015 and March 2016. It examines the proposition that the danger posed to Europe by IS networks represents a new kind of threat, comprehensively profiling those behind the Paris and Brussels attacks, including individuals connected to the attackers through recruitment, logistics provision, and operational direction. The report then compares this network to a similar European network linked to al – Qaeda which existed in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It identifies the similarities between the two networks, and highlights the implications for challenging such networks in future.

By kind invitation of Julian Brazier MP, The Henry Jackson Society are delighted to invite you to the launch of the report, ‘An Enduring Threat: Europe’s Islamist Terror Networks Then and Now’. Report authors Emma Webb and Rupert Sutton will address the meeting, following which they will take questions from the audience.

To attend, please RSVP to rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org – RSVPs must include your full name and any affiliations including for any guests you wish to bring. We will send a confirmation that will be required to attend the event.

Emma Webb is a Research Fellow at The Henry Jackson Society, and focuses on European and domestic terrorism, as well as how to deal with the challenges posed by radicalisation. Emma has spoken on regional and national radio on security issues including the threat level facing the UK and recent terrorist attacks across Europe, and has written for the Spectator and the Times of Israel. She holds an MA with distinction in Jewish Studies from King’s College London, and a BA in Theological and Religious Studies from Trinity College, Cambridge.

Rupert Sutton is the Director of ‘Student Rights’, and a Research Fellow at The Henry Jackson Society, where he focuses on domestic extremism and security issues.  He has written for Haaretz, World Affairs, The Huffington Post and New Humanist, and has presented his research at the British and European Parliaments. Rupert has an MA in Terrorism and Security with distinction from King’s College London and a BA in War Studies from the University of Kent.


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