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PhD, Irish Research Council (Risky and Extreme Behaviour Research Group), School of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway
Police Superintendent, Oslo
On Terrorism - Terrorism in times of a pandemic
The pandemic that holds most parts of the world in its claws has created its own form of terror. It has upended daily life in almost every European country, paralyzed the economy and divided people one from another. Air travel has stopped, and borders are closed. People are suspicious of the stranger next to them, in fear of the unknown they cannot see. This is the terror of a pandemic to which the common measures of anti-terror action do not apply.
In the last decade European countries have experienced waves of terrorism that created at least for some time similar effects in terms of increasing state-controlled measures to public life, growing mistrust towards certain groups and communities. With a threat that does not distinguish between faithful and non-Muslims the situation has changed and we are still learning about the outcome. Has the pandemic upended terrorism? How do Hamas, Hizballah, al-Shabab and other terror groups react to the threat of the pandemic? What happens to those IS fighters in Kurdish prison and detention camps? Do terror groups take advantage of the disease by seeing it as a punishment for the immorality of Western countries and distributing all sorts of goods to those who are in need?
In this webinar experts cover several aspects of terrorism. They take a broader look at radicalism, extremism and terrorism, considering the impact of the actual situation on the strategies of terror groups, on processes of radicalization and on the living conditions of disadvantaged people that are an easy target for manipulation of all sorts.
There will be lectures of round about 40 minutes, followed by a Q&A and discussion part.
Lecure 1/6 | Thursday, 14th of May, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, CET
“The purpose of terror is to terrorize”
Thomas WEILER, Lawyer
Lecure 2/6 | Thursday, 21st of May, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, CET
“Environment upon individual; how real-world events can activate the necessary mechanism(s) for violent radicalisation to occur”
Sarah CARTHY, PhD, Irish Research Council (Risky and Extreme Behaviour Research Group), School of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway
Lecure 3/6 | Thursday, 28th of May, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, CET
“Unique Pioneer work among the Female Minority Population in Oslo, Norway. Help & support in dealing with daily life for women from ethnic minorities and strict religious societies & cultures in European countries, keeping in touch in times of lockdown – a way to prevent and get people out of extremist ‘careers’ ”
Kim Anne-Marie H HIORTH, Police Superintendent, Oslo
Lecure 4/6 | Thursday, 4th of June, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, CET
Thomas MÜLLER, Islam scientist To be confirmed
Lecure 5/6 | Thursday, 11th of June, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, CET
“How and why do women become political and religious extremists? - Results from several criminological research projects on the role of social media”
Elizabeth PEARSON, PhD, Lecturer within the Cyber Threats Research Centre, Swansea University Wales
Lecure 6/6 | Thursday, 18th of June, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, CET
“Terrorism in London and in the UK and police investigation and findings”
Kyle HARDCASTLE, Detective Constable, London Metropolitan Police