Our fears came true in Brussels: now what?

Jessica West Defence & Human Security, Europe, 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 Americas, Defence & Human Security, 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 …