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European Security and Intelligence: Analysis of the Terrorist Attacks in France and Austria
On November 2, 2020, a heavily armed man opened fire on people in Vienna's popular nightlife district, killing four people and wounding over 20 people. The gunman was identified as a 20-year-old "Islamist terrorist" who was earlier released from jail. The Jihadist group Islamic State (IS) claimed on its propaganda it was behind the attack. Meanwhile, a week earlier, three people died in a knife attack at a church in Nice, in what French President Emmanuel Macron said was an "Islamist terrorist attack." Both episodes are a growing trend that something is wrong in Europe.
These indications include the existence and activities of the terrorists themselves which seems to be focusing on this territory; the actions of “non-governmental organizations” that may be involved in the finance and logistics of supporting acts of terrorism; and the seemingly the use or abuse of religion. France’s and Austria's security services are seemingly unprepared to prevent the establishment of these terrorist infrastructures in their countries…why? One reason may be the lack of understanding of the problem, especially among professionals in the intelligence and counterintelligence communities. This international webinar is a ‘snapshot’ that seeks to bring the leading experts from Europe to briefly discuss this topic from their perspective. Each presentation will be 10-12 minutes, to stimulate future discussions and potential scholarship. This free webinar includes:

Moderators: Dr. Gordan Akrap, Director, Hybrid Warfare Research Institute, Zagreb, CROATIA

                       Dr. Darko Trifunovic, Director, The Institute of National and International Security, Belgrade, SERBIA

Panelists: Dr. Siegfried Beer, Austrian Center for Intelligence, Propaganda and Security Studies, AUSTRIA

                   Dr. John Nomikos, The Research Institute of European and American Studies, Athens, GREECE

                   Dr. Marco Lombardi, Director of ITSTIME, Catholic University, Milan, ITALY

                   Dr. Shlomo Shapira, Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv, ISRAEL

                  Dr. Zoran Dragisic, Security Studies University of Belgrade, SERBIA

                  Dr. Rastislav Kazansky, Matej Bel University, SLOVAKIA

                  Dr.Dimitar Dimitrov, the University of National and World Economy, Sofia, BULGARIA

                  Dr. Florint Lobont, West University of Timisoara, ROMANIA

                  Dr. Jowanka Jakubek-Lalik, University of Warsaw, POLAND

                  Dr. Vasko Stamevski,(M.Gen, ret.) Ministry of the Interior, N.MACEDONIA

                  Dr. Alberto Testa, University of West London, UNITED KINGDOM