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

On New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Germany, a group of some 1,000 young men congregated outside the city’s main railway station near the Cologne Cathedral and systematically began to physically and sexually assault women.

The men were described in the press as having an “Arab or North African appearance.” One police officer at the scene later described how many of the attackers launched fireworks and bottles into the crowds to cause panic. The assailants then began to encircle women. Two women were allegedly raped. One report stated that both “unaccompanied and accompanied women had to ‘run the gauntlet’ of very drunk men” as they attempted to flee the crowds.

Of 19 suspects so far identified by Cologne police, 10 are asylum... Read More

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

In response to the growing imperative across Europe to counter violent extremism and prevent radicalisation, the European Union (EU) has launched an initiative designed to improve its ability to fight online recruitment and radicalisation by extremist groups.

This new initiative, known as the EU Internet Forum, was launched on December 3 after first being proposed in April 2015 as part of the European Agenda on Security.

In response to the radicalisation of Europeans, the European Commission has stated that immediate action is needed to stop extremists from exploiting the Internet to radicalise and recruit their citizens, facilitate and direct terrorist activity, and then glorify their atrocities. It is clear that more concrete measures are necessary. The... Read More

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