CEP launched CEP Europe in June 2015 to unite individuals and groups across Europe to combat extremism. CEP Europe’s operations in Brussels expands CEP’s mission of exposing the threat of extremism and countering extremist ideologies to Europe’s de facto capital. CEP Europe’s programs in Brussels bring together policy leaders, academics, and grassroots activists for policy briefings as well as research and analysis publications on timely counter extremism and radicalization issues. CEP Europe’s Brussels team also works to monitor extremists’ social media accounts in various languages, including French, Italian, German, and Turkish. Brussels, along with other CEP Europe offices, ultimately strengthens CEP’s overall efforts to expose extremist financing; rally support for programs to counter the narrative of extremists; and advocate for smart laws, policies, and regulations that promote freedom, security, and tolerance.


  • May 17, 2017
    Policy Dialogue: How to counter jihadist propaganda effectively and promote alternative narratives.
  • May 11, 2017
    Policy Briefing: ISIS in Afghanistan – Old players and new alliances in a complex geopolitical scenario.
  • March 9, 2017
    Policy Briefing: Fostering resilience towards radicalization – How can vulnerable communities be empowered?
  • October 4, 2016
    Policy Briefing: Jihad 2.0 – How to tackle online propaganda, radicalisation and recruitment?
  • June 28, 2016
    Policy Briefing: Jihadist Radicalisation in Schools, Universities, Prisons and Mosques – What Challenges for Europe?
  • June 28, 2016
    Policy Briefing: How Can We Best Tackle Radicalisation and Radical Preachers?
  • May 26, 2016
    Policy Briefing: Radicalisation as an International Phenomenon: What Role Does the Ideology Play in Radicalising Vulnerable Young Europeans?
  • May 25, 2016
    Policy Dialogue: The Geostrategic Aspects of Radicalisation.
  • May 25, 2016
    Policy Briefing: Shari’a Courts in Europe – The Case of the UK: A Legal Lifeline for Communities or a Convenient Tool in Creating Parallel Societies?
  • April 14, 2016
    Policy Briefing: The Brussels terror attacks – Lessons learned and challenges ahead for Europe.
  • March 22, 2016
    Defining the phenomenon of jihadist radicalisation: Local and global drivers and catalysts.
  • January 27, 2016
    A Syrian perspective on the EU’s response to the refugee crisis.
  • December 9, 2015
    Picking up the pieces after Paris: Root causes and possible solutions to the radicalisation challenge.
  • December 1, 2015
    Policy Briefing in Brussels, “Sharing best practices in countering violent extremism: can EU and U.S. prevention experts learn from one another?”
  • November 30, 2015
    Panel Discussion at the University of Bologna, “Syria: between the West and other worlds”
  • November 18, 2015
    Policy Briefing in Brussels, “Post-Paris attacks: what role now for EU radicalisation prevention policy?”

Reports & Publications

  • March 22, 2017
    The Challenge of Jihadist Radicalisation in Europe and Beyond
  • March 2017
    The Role of Belgian Foreign Fighters in the Jihadification of the Syrian War
  • September 2015
    Libya’s Fight for Survival: Defeating Jihadist Networks
  • September 2015
    Tunisia: A Nascent Democracy Under Siege
  • June 2015
    Secularism in Azerbaijan and the Threat of Radicalisation in the Region

Blog: View from Brussels

CEP Brussels Staff

Welcome to the View from Brussels, a perspective from the de facto capital of Europe on the state of counterterrorism, extremism, and radicalisation throughout the European Union.

The recent terror attacks across Europe and the use of social media platforms by terrorist groups to radicalize and recruit new members has provided more urgency to tackling online hate speech, which encourages violence and extremism.

With this in mind, the European Commission, the EU’s executive body headquartered in Brussels, together with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Microsoft, unveiled on 31 May 2016 a Code of Conduct that includes a series of commitments to combat the spread of illegal hate speech online in Europe.

This initiative aims to build upon the EU Internet Forum, launched in December 2015, to ensure that online hate speech is tackled in a manner similar to that of other media channels. By signing this code, the technology companies commit... Read More

CEP Brussels Staff
Welcome to the View from Brussels, a perspective from the de facto capital of Europe on the state of counterterrorism, extremism, and radicalisation throughout the European Union.

When ISIS suicide bombers attacked Zaventem airport and the Maelbeek metro station on 22 March, a sense of horror descended on the city that is not just our home but the European heart of what our organization does: fight extremism.

For groups like ours that have been combating growing radicalization not just in Belgium but throughout Europe at least since 2001, the horror and pain of lives lost and families shattered in Brussels was indeed a cruel tragedy. It was also one that, unfortunately, was predictable for some time.

Europe as a target of Jihadist terror is not new. France in the 1990s was the target of the Armed Islamic Group from Algeria. In 2004 and 2005, attacks in Madrid and London killed hundreds and ushered in a new... Read More

CEP Brussels Staff
Welcome to the View from Brussels, a perspective from the de facto capital of Europe on the state of counterterrorism, extremism, and radicalisation throughout the European Union.

On December 15, the European Commission unveiled plans for a single, EU-wide Border and Coast Guard. The Commission’s proposal comes in response to the roughly 1.5 million refugees who crossed into the European Union “illegally” in 2015, an extraordinary migration not seen at such a scale since the end of World War II.

While the proposed plan would dramatically enhance border control capabilities, the proposal has been called into question for potentially violating the sovereignty of Member States.

The European Union Border and Coast Guard would replace the current EU border force, Frontex, which has been overwhelmed by the refugee crisis due to exceedingly limited financial resources, capacity, and authority. A strengthened and unified border control agency... Read More

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