Our fears came true in Brussels: now what?

Jessica West News

An underlying current of fear has run through Europe since the attacks on Paris last November. While life returned to normal in France, ‘normal’ was marred by a continuing state of emergency, increased surveillance, stronger policing and detention powers, neighbourhood raids, and an increased presence of police and weaponry. For five days Brussels, Belgium, launch site for the Paris attacks, …

Molenbeek: The Belgian epicentre of violent extremism

Branka Marijan News

Until recently, few had heard of Molenbeek, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Brussels, Belgium. Now the media have labeled it “Europe’s jihadi central” and a “haven for jihadists.” The man described as the architect of last November’s Paris terrorist attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, resided there. Five days ago, Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year-old French national of Moroccan descent suspected of involvement …

After Paris: Examining resilience

Tasneem Jamal

Briefing 16-1 Published January 19, 2016 Author Jessica West With bravery and kindness, through art, music, and social gatherings—the response to terrorism in Paris has been inspiring. But expressions of resilience and solidarity, in France and beyond, have been accompanied by a hard, excluding edge and the erosion of fundamental values, exposing an underlying fragility and fear. As democratic societies …

Post-Paris revenge: François Hollande’s November speech reveals blind spots

Wendy Stocker News

By Philip MacFie On November 16, French President François Hollande addressed both houses of the French Parliament in the wake of the Paris terror attacks three days before. His speech is nothing short of a call for revenge on the Islamic State in Syria. France’s 9/11 Daniel R. Depetris writes of Hollande’s “9/11 moment.” Just as the World Trade Center …

Perspective and responding to terrorist violence

Tasneem Jamal

Author John Siebert Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 36 Issue 1 Spring 2015 Osama bin Laden “hit us where it would hurt the most—right in our sense of perspective” – David Rothkopf The nature of groups that engage in terroristic violence, such as ISIS, has mutated in this second decade of the Great War on Terror. But the lessons …

Civil society can play a key role in preventing and dealing with domestic radicalization

Tasneem Jamal

Author John Siebert Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 36 Issue 1 Spring 2013 A small number of Canadians have always been tempted to fight in wars and conflicts in far-off lands, but those currently traveling to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS are causing acute anxiety on the home front. Developing strategies to prevent conversion to extremism, stop travel abroad to join extremist …

A Statement from the Chair of Project Ploughshares

Tasneem Jamal

October 23, 2014 Our deepest condolences go to the families and friends of the Canadian Armed Forces members whose lives were needlessly taken this week. The disturbing events in Ottawa yesterday, and earlier in the week in Quebec, remind us of the high cost that violence exacts on those directly affected and to the broader community. Canada’s democratic institutions were …