CEP-EER Webinar: Combating The Financing Of Violent Extremism – Challenges And Opportunities

(New York, N.Y. / Berlin, Germany / Abu Dhabi, UAE) – The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) and the European Eye on Radicalization (EER) are inviting you to a webinar focusing on combating the financing of violent extremism.

Extremism and violent extremism remains one of the major security challenges for societies. Extremist ideas negate the rights of the individual and basic human rights and freedoms as well as democratic structures. They undermine not only societal cohesion but in their violent form generate a significant amount of crime and violence. Furthermore, regularly the radicalization paths of individuals begin with an attraction to extremist ideas and interest in extremists groups and networks. Therefore, extremist entities can also act as an accelerator for terrorism.

However, as extremist entities have not yet reached the legal threshold of terrorism, defensive systems—including legal frameworks set up to protect society—do not, by and large, apply to these phenomena. A difficult balance between fundamental freedoms, such as the freedom of expression and the legitimate security interests of society has to be struck.

Therefore, combating the financing of extremist and violent extremist phenomena presents a particular challenge, while at the same time income streams are the Achilles’ heel of extremist and violent extremist entities. As counterterrorism financing provisions outside very specific circumstances do not apply, modified legal provisions, alternative administrative instruments, and novel approaches are necessary to tackle this challenge.

This webinar will give an overview of the current state of play on the financing of violent right-wing extremism and Islamist extremism using concrete examples to highlight both the challenges as well as the opportunities to enhance the protection of free and democratic societies by exposing and disrupting the income streams of extremist and violent extremist entities.

The webinar will be conducted in English via Zoom.

Date: February 8, 2023

Time: 9:00 a.m. ET / 15:00 CET to 10:30 am ET / 16:30 CET

EVENT PROGRAM:

Presentations:

Combating the financing of violent right-wing extremism
Alexander Ritzmann
Senior Advisor at the Counter Extremism Project (CEP), Senior Advisor at the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN), and Associate Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)

Combating the financing of Islamist extremism
Kyle Orton
National security and terrorism analyst based in Britain

Moderator and introductory remarks:
Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler
Senior Director, Counter Extremism Project (CEP)

The presentations will be followed by a Q&A-session open to all participants.

REGISTRATION:

To participate in this webinar please register via this link: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_a0oDpLqEStSd4ZDWZLJfJg

Please register up to 1 hour before the webinar start so that your registration can be approved in time.

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