President Macron’s Response to Islamism and Jihadist Terror: Lessons for Other Nations

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President Macron’s Response to Islamism and Jihadist Terror: Lessons for Other Nations

22nd December 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

No European country has suffered as grievously from jihadist terrorist as France. Nearly three hundred people have been killed in a succession of outrages since 2015. President Macron has responded to the horrific murder of schoolteacher Samuel Paty, and the deadly knife attack committed at the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice, with a robust reaffirmation of the French values of Liberté, égalité, fraternité   and in particular the concept of state laïcité (secularism). Macron has sought to oppose not just the violence of the jihadists, but to stress that the goals of Islamist actors, including those who do not openly propagate violence, present a challenge to French sovereignty.

This event will examine the course taken by the French President, and ask whether it is one that could be adopted in other European countries?

Liam Duffy
Liam is an independent advisor and researcher on extremism and counter-terrorism, as well as an adviser for the New York-based international policy organisation, Counter Extremism Project, and a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar.

Liam has published research on Islamism for the Counter Extremism Project and written on extremism, radicalisation and terror for UnHerd, The Spectator, The Jewish Chronicle and the Times Educational Supplement.

Dr Tommaso Virgili
Dr Virgili is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the WZB – Berlin Social Science Centre, where he works on modernization movements within Islam in response to fundamentalism. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy and a Research Associate at the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies in Brussels.  Dr Virgili has worked for several years on projects related to Islamism, prevention of radicalisation and integration.
Simone Rodan-Benzaquen
Simone is Director of AJC Europe, in which she oversees AJC’s offices in Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Prague, Rome, Sofia and Central Europe. Prior to coming to AJC, she served as an adviser to Francois Zimeray, then-Ambassador for Human Rights in the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. She was the founding General Secretary of the Brussels- and Paris-based Medbridge Strategy Center, an organization that seeks to strengthen ties between leaders of political and civil society in Europe and democratic voices in the Middle East. She was a cofounder and Vice President of SOS Darfur, co-chaired by the French intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy. Rodan-Benzaquen regularly appears in European and U.S. media and writes regularly for The Huffington Post’s French and U.S. editions, Le Figaro, Le Monde, Libération, and other outlets.


22nd December 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


United Kingdom


Henry Jackson Society
+44 (0) 20 7340 4520


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