Facing contemporary terrorism: How to defend Europe

On 6-8 September 2016, the Centre for International Studies (Ce.S.I. - Centro Studi Internazionali) will participate as a partner to the Economic Forum, organized in Krynica-Zdroj (Poland) by the Institute for Eastern Studies of Warsaw. This year’s edition will focus on economy, geopolitics and security. Each year the Forum is attended by more than 2.500 high level participants, from more than 60 different countries.


In the framwork of the event, Ce.S.I. has co-organized the panel “Facing contemporary terrorism: How to defend Europe”, which will take place on September 6th. The panel will be moderated by Prof. Andrea Margelletti, chairman of Ce.S.I., and will see the participation of the following speakers:


  • Giacomo Stucchi - Member of the Italian Senate, Chairman of COPASIR - Selected Parliamentary Committee for the Intelligence and Security Services (Italy)
  • Federico Aznar Fernandez de Montesinos - Commander, Analyst at CESEDEN - The Spanish Institute for Strategic Studies, Ministry of Defence (Spain)
  • Denys Kazanskyi - Chief Editor, The Fourth Estate (Ukraine)
  • Alexey Malashenko - Professor, Member of the Scientific Council, Carnegie Moscow Center (Russia)
  • Roberta Bonazzi - Executive Director, European Foundation for Democracy (Belgium)
  • Richard Walton - Former London Metropolitan Police Leader (United Kingdom)
  • Mariusz Sokolowski - Partner, R4S - Relations for Solutions (Poland)


A new and peculiar dimension, unrestrained and unpredictable, characterizes the terrorist threat in Europe. While increasingly complex, subversive activities are linked not only to structured organizations, but also to isolated subjects and the nature of the objectives has changed as well, from infrastructures and/or prominent personalities to everyday places and common people.

Running along obscure and unsuspicious binaries, radical ideologies fuelling the terrorist threat have found a fertile ground in the social discomfort, economic marginalization and current identity crisis of European youths.

In this context, counter-measures still have to be designed and implemented at national level, but, at the same time, as the jihadist threat grows in  its international and transnational scope, it is increasingly important to share national good practices and harmonize - as much as possible - the operational and legislative framework of public security.


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