Thursday 1 December - 1115-1245

Is there a common European approach to counterterrorism, and if so, is it working?


In the wake of the Syrian conflict and the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, the reaction from European national governments has varied widely. While some have taken sweeping measures, others remain more cautious. Is there a common European approach to counterterrorism and, if so, is it working? How can cooperation in this area be improved? Have European measures to stop the flow of foreign fighters to conflict zones been effective? What role can prevention and de-radicalization play in countering the emergence of new terrorist networks?


Florence Gaub

Dr Florence Gaub

Senior Analyst, Middle East and North Africa, European Union Institute for Security Studies


Dr Florence Gaub is a Senior Analyst at the EU Institute for Security Studies, heading the Middle East and North Africa programme. She focuses on conflict, strategy and security, particularly in Iraq, Lebanon and Libya; and military forces, conflict structures and geostrategic dimensions of the Arab region. She has worked at the NATO Defense College and the German parliament, and regularly testifies at governmental and parliamentary hearings. She has conducted field studies in Lebanon, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Nigeria and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and teaches at Sciences Po, Paris.
Joachim Krause

Professor Dr Joachim Krause

Director, Institute for Security Policy, University of Kiel


Professor Dr Joachim Krause is Director of the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University (ISPK), and Chairman of both the Foundation Wissenschaft und Demokratie and the scientific council of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). He was previously an executive board member at Aspen Institute Germany (2009–15); Deputy Director of the research institute at DGAP; and Senior Research Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Ebenhausen. His research interests include the study of terrorism and radicalisation.
Dietrich Neumann

Dietrich Neumann

Governance Department, Head of Corporate Services, EUROPOL


Dietrich Neumann is the Head of Business of Corporate Services at EUROPOL, which includes the organization’s external relations and legal affairs unit. Before starting his job as EUROPOL’s in-house counsel in 2004, he held positions at the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union and the German Federal Investigation Office. He studied law at the University of Passau and the University of Erlangen, and has an LLM in EU and International Public Law from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Thomas Renard

Professor Dr Thomas Renard

Senior Research Fellow, Europe in the World Programme, EGMONT – Royal Institute for International Relations


Professor Thomas Renard is a Senior Research Fellow at the Egmont Institute, and an Adjunct Professor at Vesalius College, both in Brussels. His research focuses on terrorism and counterterrorism in Europe, at national and EU levels. He has worked for the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation and the Jamestown Foundation, a US think-tank, and is a security consultant for the Belgian broadcaster RTBF. He is a member of the Young Atlanticist Programme convened by the US Atlantic Council. He previously worked as a journalist.
Karen von Hippel

Dr Karin von Hippel

Director, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)


Dr Karin von Hippel has been Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) since 2015. She served nearly six years in the US Department of State as a Senior Adviser in the Bureau of Counterterrorism, then as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, and as Chief of Staff to the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter-ISIL. She has worked for the UN and EU in Somalia and Kosovo, and is the author of Democracy by Force: US Military Intervention in the Post-Cold War World (2000).