Discussing the counter-terrorism strategy at the Economic Forum

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Terrorism is still one of the biggest challenges of Europe when it comes to her security. In addition, it spurs huge controversies linked to its cultural context. As a phenomenon it is often misunderstood, even though it is known to political theory since the ancient times. The topic of fighting terrorism in Europe and the wider world will be addressed during the discussion panel „ Facing Contemporary Terrorism – How to Defend Europe?”.

The prolonged state of emergency in France is just one of the examples showing that Europe is afraid of terrorism. The level of complexity represented by this asymmetrical threat is so big, that attacks, even if at a small scale, do happen relatively often. Unfortunately they have a strong impact on the media broadcast and they serve to feed the spiral of fear. How should counter-terrorism agencies act to successfully limit the dangerous terrorist operations? What kind of narrative should they adopt? Which aspects of counter-intelligence should they prioritise?

The following guests will attempt to answer those questions:

  • Federico Aznar Fernández de Montesinos, Commander and Analyst at The Spanish Institute for Strategic Studies by the Ministry of Defence (CESDEN),
  • Max Hill, Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation by the British government,
  • Olli Ruohomäki, Visiting Senior Fellow, The Finnish Institute of International Affairs,
  • Mykhailo Samus, Deputy Director for International Relations at the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies in Ukraine, as well as
  • Simon Petermann Expert of the University of Liège in Belgium.

The debate will be hosted by Richard Stephens, Founder and Editor of Poland Today.