Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, and Commissioner for the Security Union, Sir Julian King, hosted the Radicalisation Awareness Network High-Level Conference (RAN HLC) in Luxembourg on 11 October 2018, and dealt with returnee children and rehabilitation of released offenders. The Plenary was held on 12 October and was organised back-to-back with the HLC. Anticipated trends and challenges for 2019, break-out sessions on the RAN working groups’ plans and other possible future RAN developments were discussed.
The YOUNG Working Group is launching its Empowerment Academy in 2019! If you know anyone between the ages of 18 and 25, who is an EU citizen and enthusiastic about sharing his/her ideas, ask them to apply! In this Update, you may also learn about the Internal Security Fund-Police and the Urban Innovative Actions initiative calls for proposals, as well as about our past and upcoming activities.
At the RAN Plenary which took place on 12 October 2018, we met Torben Adams, Head of Division - International Corrections Cooperation, PCVE Unit, Advanced Staff Training (Bremen, Germany) Annie Devos, General Director of the “Maison de Justice” (Belgium), Finn Grav, Senior Advisor at the Norwegian Prison and Probation Service (Norway) and Yola Wanders, Director of the Vught Prison (Netherlands) to discuss P/CVE oriented resocialisation after detention. Listen to the podcast.
If you missed our #RANCollection campaign on social media presenting 10 lessons learned per Chapter, don’t worry! Our eight infographics are available here, feel free to download them.
The YOUNG Working Group of the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) is launching its Empowerment Academy in 2019. This is a programme designed especially for young people who wish to develop their knowledge and cultivate their skills and competencies in the area of preventing radicalisation. If you’re between the ages of 18 and 25, an EU citizen, and enthusiastic about sharing your ideas, then you should apply (deadline: 15 January 2019)!
The European Commission and the RAN Centre of Excellence (CoE) are looking for experts on youth involvement in preventing and countering violent extremism to co-chair the RAN YOUNG working group. There is also information about past and upcoming activities, and highlights from our Editorial Board.
RAN brought together more than 200 participants, including the European Commissioners, Ministers, senior officials of Member States and first-line practitioners to discuss ways forward to effectively tackle emerging and persisting challenges of radicalisation towards violent extremism and terrorism.
Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, and Commissioner for the Security Union, Sir Julian King, hosted the High-Level Conference (RAN HLC) and spoke about shifting threats in 2019, focusing on child returnees and extremist offenders.
Eight practitioners, Diana Schubert, Managing Directory Criminal Prevention in the City of Augsburg (Germany), Michal Dzurko, NGO: Not in our town (Slovakia), Alexander Ritzmann, Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security (BIGS) (Germany), Florian Tomuta, Chief maximum security wing Arad prison (Romania), Werner Prinzjakowitsch, Vienna Association of Youth Centres (Austria), Fleur Nollet, Support Centre School and Safety (Netherlands), Maria Edel, Finnish National Agency for Education (Finland) and Adele Ellis, Luton Council, Safeguarding services in relation to radicalisation, Children and Families Social Work (UK) all shared their key messages on how to address these challenges.
If you want to contribute to the prevention of radicalisation, keep reading! The European Commission and the RAN Centre of Excellence (CoE) are looking for experts on youth involvement in preventing and countering violent extremism to co-chair the RAN YOUNG working group.
Here’s more information about this call to register.
The European Commission has published a call for proposals for campaigns covering counter and alternative narratives to radicalisation, implemented by the Civil Society Empowerment programme. Submit your proposal by 12 February 2019! In this issue, we invite you to view our latest Policy and Practice video “Building resilience among young children”. There is also information about past and upcoming activities, and highlights from our Editorial Board.
RAN started off the month with a full calendar of activities. We conducted two study visits, one in Augsburg (to learn about the local approach to countering violent extremism) and the other in Malmö (where we learned how to prevent and counter violent extremism in and around asylum centres and within refugee communities). We are also pleased to announce that two of our Policy and Practice videos, as well as new ex post papers, are now available online. Find out more in the Update.
The RAN study visit to Leicester in June was an opportunity to learn how the city has involved young people in its local P/CVE approach. William Baldet, the Prevent Strategy coordinator for Leicester, Hoor Pathan, the founder of the Lets TAP (Talk About Politics) project, Brahmpreet Gulati, Young Advisors to Leicester City Council, and Sumeyye Dalkiran, a university student in Amsterdam, speak about the importance of including young people in the decision-making process, especially in tackling radicalisation.
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Our third Policy & Practice event of the year was held in Warsaw. Focussing on young children being raised in extremist environments (jihadi, right-wing or other), participants addressed the fact that these youngsters may not be violent extremists but are very vulnerable to radicalisation and violent extremism in later years. In Brussels, our RAN Prison and Probation Working Group gathered to discuss risk assessment tools for violent extremist and terrorist offenders. This issue also presents our Policy and Practice video on children and extremism, which was filmed in Sofia. As always, there’s lots more to read about!
But for those formulating, implementing or funding such interventions, its importance can’t be overstated.
We met Elisabeth Modée, policy maker, Amy-Jane Gielen, researcher, and Fabian Reicher, a social worker, to discuss evaluation in PCVE – and its challenges.
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June started with Member State workshops on evaluating P/CVE programmes and interventions. The workshops addressed strategic and practical questions on conducting PCVE evaluation, and how to influence the general mindset on evaluation while providing insights and tools to take PCVE evaluation to the next level. We also conducted two study visits, one in Leicester on youth involvement, and another in Hessen to learn how to deal with juvenile violent extremist offenders in prison and on probation. You can also find out about RAN’s past and upcoming activities in this Update. Happy reading!
As you probably know, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entered into force on 25 May. We have therefore updated our notice on the use of personal data. Our Update also deals with the evaluation of family support, and how to boost resilience in the classroom by using the valuable voices of victims and formers. Curious about our upcoming activities? Read the Update!
The RAN CoE used a survey during the first quarter of 2018 to evaluate the quality of seven RAN meetings. We asked for your views on working documents, other participants and logistics. Read the Update to find out what you and your colleagues said! We are now looking for additional practitioners, academics and policy advisors with proven relevant expertise in the field of countering violent extremism for our expert pool. Does this sound like you? Finally, read all about our latest publications, as well as our past and upcoming events. Happy reading!
This summary of the RAN work plan for 2018 sets out the network’s priorities for 2018, as well as the activities planned around topics such as children, narratives, engaging with communities, ideology and reciprocal radicalisation, evaluation, learning from adjacent fields, and resocialisation.
We held our first ‘policy and practice’ event in Sofia on 4 April, gathering policy-makers and practitioners to discuss common challenges in preventing and countering violent extremism (PCVE). The next event in this series will take us to Madrid at the end of April to discuss how to involve young people in counter and alternative narratives. Learn about these events and about other activities carried out in March in our latest Update. We are also happy to pass on RAN practitioners tips on holding difficult conversations in the form of three videos.
The role of psychology and neuroscience in the process of radicalisation were on the RAN agenda in February, as was the role of local communities in tackling radicalisation, and the role of the police online. The RAN YOUNG group met in Stockholm to discuss how to hold difficult conversations, and our Steering Committee gathered in Brussels to talk about recent policy developments. This Updates also unveils details of the first ‘Policy and Practice’ event of the year, on shared challenges linked to preventing and countering violent extremism in the Western Balkans and the EU.
RAN hit the road again in January – first for a visit to Lebanon for a regional workshop on preventing and countering violent extremism in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and then to Greece to discuss left-wing extremism with exit practitioners. The discussion touched upon issues such as harm caused, level of cohesion between different groups, attraction to left-wing extremism and its scapegoats. Back in Brussels, the European Commission has launched a call for projects on preventing and countering radicalisation leading to violent extremism. You can apply by 15 March. For more information about the call and our upcoming activities, read the Update!
RAN activities in December dealt with fake news, the role of young people, lone actors and the extreme right. In January, RAN will travel to Lebanon to attend the TAIEX regional workshop on preventing and countering violent extremism. Left-wing extremism will also be in the spotlight in January, with exit workers gathering in Athens to discuss this growing trend. From next year, the RAN Updates will also provide overviews of policy and legislation developments, the latest research, evidence-based findings, trends across workstreams, and forthcoming CVE/PVE conferences. Watch this space!
Our Update Special on November’s RAN Plenary outlines proposals for activities in the new year, including the RAN Working Group plans. One key objective for 2018 is to enhance cooperation with policy-makers at national level. This will enable RAN to feed the policy-making process with practitioners’ insights, as well as to acknowledge policy priorities when scheduling topics to be explored within RAN.
2018 is approaching, and you can read about RAN’s plans for next year in this newsletter. The activity plan takes stock of a need for greater exchange between policy-makers and practitioners, and outlines ideas for a policy and practice events. Emerging trends, such as interdependency between far-right and far-left extremism and jihadism will be also examined. Other priorities for 2018 include contact between first-line practitioners and the families of foreign terrorist fighters, working with the children of returnees, engagement with (religious) communities – by policy-makers as well as practitioners, polarisation, multi-agency approaches, and greater engagement with researchers. The Update also has details of upcoming and recent activities.
In October, topics on the RAN agenda ranged from dropping out of school to the role of Islamic clergymen in preventing counter violent extremism in prisons. The role of the police in engaging with families who have radicalised members was also debated in Lisbon. November also looks promising, with discussions on target audiences in Rome, and teaching practitioners gathering in Brussels to discuss a broad range of training programmes, from those focused on early detection to others on how to deradicalise. The RAN Collection also now contains a new chapter on prison and probation, including new practices. You can find the chapter here.
After slowing down slightly over the summer break, RAN launched straight into a busy calendar of events when September arrived. The Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism Working Group (RAN RVT) met from 12 to 13 September in Berlin to discuss how to respond to the various needs of terrorism victims (these range from information to practical assistance, psychological help, financial solutions and judicial recognition). The end of the month will see many different RAN actors back in action, with the Youth, Families and Communities Working Group (RAN YF&C) meeting on the 26th, the RAN Steering Committee on the 27th and the RAN Education Working Group from the 28th to the 29th. Don’t forget to submit your paper on ‘Violence and Radicalism’ before 15 October if you would like to attend the German Congress on Crime Prevention from 11 to 12 June in Dresden, Germany!
This Update Special focuses on how to deal with returning foreign fighters and their families. The newsletter provides a round-up of a conference on the same topic that took place in Brussels in June, and introduces the ‘RAN Manual – Responses to returnees: foreign terrorist fighters and their families’. The Manual is now available online in English, French and German.
The manual includes a list of practitioners’ recommendations on tackling the challenges linked to returning foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) and their families. It also presents case studies from around Europe, as well as practices currently in place. The chapters cover:
RAN presented a manual on how to deal with returning foreign terrorist fighters and their families at conference in Brussels on 19 June. The manual contains a list of recommendations for Member States, as well case studies and practices from around Europe. The manual will be available online very soon. Meanwhile the RAN LOCAL working group is pleased to announce that Kasper Fisker has been appointed the new co-chair. And a group of RAN practitioners last month visited Helsinki to find out more about local approaches on how to tackle radicalisation. This Update also brings you news of upcoming events and new publications. Happy reading!
How are different European countries dealing with returning foreign terrorist fighters? From a police perspective to prisons, local authorities and policy-makers, some of those grappling with the challenges give us an insight into what works for them…and where some of the problems lie.
EU citizens have been returning from territories controlled by Daesh and other terrorist organisations for some time now. Some are battled hardened combatants, while others are disillusioned teenagers. Among those returning are increasing numbers of children, some of them born abroad.
The RAN conference on responses to these returnees on 19 June in Brussels, brought together policy-makers, academics and practitioners – from prison wardens and teachers to police officers and social care workers – to discuss the problems posed. Participants also welcomed the manual prepared by the RAN Centre of Excellence on responses to returnees and their families. The manual offers guidance to practitioners and EU Member States on this issue, and shares practices and case studies from around Europe.
From 22 to 23 May, over 30 RAN practitioners gathered at the Irish Probation Service in Dublin to discuss foreign terrorist fighter returnees, probation methods used for other high-risk groups and the training needs of probation staff working with radicalised persons. May also saw the appointment of a new Chair for the RAN LOCAL Working Group. Kasper Fisker has worked in crime prevention for two decades and is looking forward to putting his expertise at the disposal of RAN. June will be fruitful in events with a thematic event about returnees on 19 June in Brussels. A new manual on returnees will be unveiled the same day.
The Health and Social Care Working Group (RAN H&SC) was one of several meeting in April. The meeting was an opportunity to discuss training needs for (mental) health and social care practitioners – find out more in this newsletter. You can also read about the outcomes of the RAN Study visit to Northern Ireland on community engagement and building resilience. And RAN trainers were in Warsaw last month at the invitation of the Polish Police Headquarters for a train-the trainer session focused on prevention. Read all about this, and other recent activities!
The Civil Society Empowerment Programme was officially launched at a kick-off event in Brussels in mid-March, which gathered 100 civil society actors and other stakeholders from across the EU. This update gives an overview of this very special event. What's more, CSEP will provide training to civil society organisations in April. Find training in your country in the calendar.
RAN YOUNG kicked off in March. It was an opportunity for 34 young people from 13 different EU countries to formulate recommendations for the attention of first-line practitioners. March was also a busy month for RAN POL, which addressed optimising working relationships with RAN POL points of contact, as well as with the issue of returnees from Syria and Iraq. This Update also contains information on upcoming RAN activities.
RAN’s first ‘Exit Academy’ took place in Berlin in February. The same month, both the RAN H&SC and the RAN YF&C working groups came together in Nice to discuss how to support families and safeguard children. On campaigning, evaluation may not be the first thing you think of when launching, but it should be on the priority list together with message and target audience. This was the key lesson to come out of February’s RAN C&N meeting. Listen to the short podcast on this meeting for inspiration.
With Daesh on the decline in Iraq and Syria, an influx of returnees to the EU can be expected. A ‘Returnee Manual’ on how to deal with the issue this raises will be available from June 2017. This Update also reports on the RAN POL Working Group’s recent activities: the group met in Utrecht in December to look at how the police can operate effectively in a multi-agency structure. Meanwhile a study visit to Sofia in January focused on Bulgaria’s national counter-radicalisation strategy and action plan, and the role of prevention.
Participants in the Communication and Narratives Working Group speak about what they learned at a two-day meeting on measuring the impact of online campaigns – and what they might do differently in the future.
In November, the RAN delegation was brought up to date on France’s action plan for countering violent radical jihadism. Find out also in this issue how schools can take on some responsibility for preventing radicalisation. We also mention the cooperation between local authorities and religious orgsniation/communities.
In the latest RAN Update, find out what is needed to set up multi-agency cooperation in the field of deradicalisation. We also bring you the outcomes of the high level conference in Brussels on 9 November that gathered ministers, policy-makers and practitioners to discuss ways forward in tackling emerging challenges related to radicalisation towards violent extremism and terrorism. One of these challenges is dealing with returnees from Syria and Iraq, which is already being discussed in RAN Working Groups - read the newsletter for details!
Interested in counter-narratives against jihadist propaganda? Find recommendations in this latest issue, along with a reminder of the importance of the local level in the prevention of radicalisation. Last but not least, we are proud to present the first RAN explainer video, and the Hedayah online counter-narrative library.
On 9 November, the European Commission and the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) Centre of Excellence are organising the 3rd RAN High-Level Conference on Radicalisation in Brussels. The event will be hosted by Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, and Commissioner for the Security Union, Sir Julian King, and will bring together Ministers, policy makers and practitioners to discuss how to effectively prevent radicalisation leading to violent extremism and terrorism. Discussions will focus on the issues around returning foreign terrorist fighters, children raised in a radicalised environment, as well as RAN support in designing national prevention strategies, structures and interventions. The participants will hear first-hand insights from RAN practitioners and will exchange best practices and expertise in the field. As a concrete outcome of EU-level work on anti-radicalisation, the Handbook "Developing a Local Prevent Framework & Guiding Principles" will be presented at the conference. Finally, "RAN Young", a platform empowering young people to play an active role in the prevention of radicalisation, will be launched.
Last summer we conducted a survey to assess the impact of RAN on its participants. Find a summary of the results in this latest Update. You can also read about RAN’s recent activities, including work with families on the issue of children and young people born into and growing up in radicalised families, as well as Member State workshops about ‘The Refugee and Migrant Crisis: Challenges for CVE policy’ and about ‘Building partnerships to improve CVE communication’. Upcoming activities are also listed.
An easy-to-understand overview of the process of radicalisation in all its forms, and an introduction to Europe's Radicalisation Awareness Network – how does it tackle radicalisation? Watch the video here.
The Police and law enforcement Working Group (RAN POL) has published a new guide on radicalisation prevention training programmes for Europe’s police officers. It has identified four core competences that require training:
This video is a result of the RAN meeting on 'Involving young people". It shows why and how young people should be involved in the prevention of radicalisation leading to violent extremism. Watch it on our YouTube channel.
Exit Hates aims to provide an alternative to the appeal of narratives from extremist propaganda by collecting personal reasons to exit hate in storytelling videos. For six weeks, Exit Hate will collect amazing stories from across Europe that inspire others to take positive action. Send us your story!
We conducted a survey on the impact of RAN on the daily prevention work of its participants. And we are happy to announce that nearly 90% of those participating at RAN events foresee that their participation will have a positive impact on their daily fight against radicalisation to violent extremism. Find more information in our summary.
How should we deal with children born into and growing up in radicalised families? How can families become actors in the prevention of radicalisation.? Our latest update addresses these topics and announces upcoming workshops, conferences and the launch of the #exithate campaign.
The Belgian government has initiated a national network to increase resilience to radicalisation. Meanwhile at the beginning of June, a RAN joint event got young people involved in preventing radicalisation, and the German Congress on Crime Prevention provided an opportunity for RAN practitioners to learn directly from German CVE policy makers and practitioners. Also find out about forthcoming RAN events.
Following a request from an EU Member State, the RAN CoE may:
Find out more information in our new leaflet.
This handbook is a compilation of experiences shared during the RAN VVT meetings held from 2012 to 2015. All victims, victim organisations, practitioners and experts present at these meetings contributed to this handbook.
A new leaflet introduces the network and its activities, the RAN Centre of Excellence and the RAN working groups.
The European Commission has presented further steps to support EU countries in preventing and countering violent radicalisation leading to terrorism. The document outlines action in seven specific areas where cooperation at EU level could have added value:
News from Member State workshops investigating the challenges created by the refugee and migrant crisis to policies intended to counter violent extremism, plus updates from the recent RAN H&SC and RAN local meetings, a look at the GiveItUp4Ramadan campaign run by young people, and a look ahead to forthcoming events.
New ex-post papers from the RAN YF&C, RAN EDU, RAN P&P, RAN LOCAL, RAN YF&C, RAN H&SC and RAN C&N Working Groups are available in the papers section.
The latest from the RAN EXIT, RAN POL, RAN YF&C, RAN EDU working groups and the Steering Committee. Plus a new RAN Centre of Excellence work stream bridges the gap between the needs of practitioners and research available on the prevention of radicalisation – and news from April’s thematic event: ‘Refugee and Migrant Crisis: challenges for CVE policy’.
French and German versions of the "RAN Issue paper - The Root Causes of Violent Extremism" are now available. The translations can be found in the
The new RAN P&P Working Group paper provides oversight of – and insight into – the current line of thinking amongst European prison and probation practitioners, and provides advice to support decision-making processes.
The latest from the RAN LOCAL, RAN EDU and RAN P&P working groups, plus the European Remembrance Day for Victims of Terrorism, which took place on 11 March and was hosted by the European Commission.
On 11 March, the European Commission and the Radicalisation Awareness Network Centre of Excellence are organising a dedicated event to mark the 12th European Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Terrorism. Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, will open the Brussels event, which brings together victims from recent and past terrorist attacks, victim associations, students, and high-level European dignitaries. The programme features testimonies from victims of attacks at the Bataclan, Paris, and in Spain, Norway, and Tunisia.
11 March marks the 12th anniversary of the Madrid train bombings that killed 191 and injured at least 1 800 people commuting to work. The European Union, together with the Radicalisation Awareness Network Centre of Excellence, has devoted 11 March to commemorating the victims of terrorist attacks in Europe and elsewhere in the world.
Joint Statement on the European Day of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism by First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini, Commissioner Vera Jourova and Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos
French and German versions of the "RAN Collection of Approaches and Practices" document are now available. The translations can be found in the RAN Collection section.
The latest from the RAN H&SC, YF&C and C&N working groups, plus news from a Paris study visit arranged to deepen understanding of prison regimes – and in particular current French counter-radicalisation and deradicalisation/disengagement practices.
Omar Ramadan of the RAN Centre of Excellence underlined the importance of prevent strategies to the ministers present, and emphasised the importance of identifying radicalisation early for counter terrorism strategies.
The latest from the EXIT and C&N Working Groups, plus a round-up of a study visit to Germany and a ‘train the trainer’ workshop in Greece.
A RAN Plenary meeting launches the work of the nine RAN Working Groups, and is quickly followed by individual Working Group kick-off meetings.
A message to RAN participants following the 13 November terrorist attacks in Paris
The RAN Centre of Excellence is launched. First activities include calls for research, and for relevant centres and networks to get involved in a mapping exercise.
RAN marks 100th event plus updates on recent activities
Cross-cutting event: Dealing with foreign fighters - Challenges and good practices
RAN Prevent’s Manifesto for Education with no less than 24 proposals
Fourth year of RAN and the RAN Centre of Excellence
RAN representation at White House CVE Summit and update on other activities
Halfway through the RAN’s third year
Halfway through the RAN’s third year
RAN offer for MSs and update on activities of Working Groups
RAN Plenary and High Level Conference
Working Group activities since the last RAN Update
Making RAN more beneficial for Member States
Cities Conference on Foreign Fighters to Syria
Commission communication on radicalisation and RAN collection. Latest and upcoming RAN activities
Progress on the RAN collection of promising practices, latest and upcoming RAN activities
RAN collection of promising practices, foreign fighters, latest and upcoming RAN activities
Progress on the preparation of the EU Programme to Prevent Radicalisation into Terrorism and Violent Extremism. Latest working group activities.
RAN promising practices and EU Countering Violent Extremism programme. Latest working group activities.
Follow up of the High Level Conference. RAN contributing to the preparation of an EU programme to counter violent extremism.
RAN First Plenary meeting. High Level Conference: "empowering local actors to prevent violent extremism".
RAN meetings. Following activities. Preparation work for the Plenary of the RAN and for the High Level Conference.
Position papers of all working groups. Kick-off meetings of all working groups. Planned meetings. Plans for high-level conference.
Greeting from Commissioner Malmström. Continued development of the working groups. RAN logo and website. Working group meetings RAN POL, RAN VVT and RAN DERAD. Planned meetings. Plans for high level conference. List of working group leaders.
The first RAN Update describes the establishment of eight working groups. First meetings (RAN POL, RAN VVT and RAN DERAD).