Put radicalisation and violent extremism into perspective.
Pieter Stockmans has spent years doing first-hand research on the expectations and fears of those directly involved in Islamic extremist movements and of those affected by them. He has interviewed Belgian youth on the verge of joining such movements. This evening you will hear his first- hand accounts of how the suppression of secular and peaceful uprisings gave way to a new era of violent conflict and religious radicalisation, eventually spilling over into European societies.
The result is a wealth of social, economic and political histories, which underpin his analysis of radicalisation. Find out why this respected investigative journalist argues that widespread assumptions about radicalisation bark up the wrong tree when they focus on a clash of civilizations or threats to ‘European values or democracy’.