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 Illan University, Tel Aviv, ISRAEL

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

Dr. Rastislav Kazansky, Matej Bel University, SLOVAKIA

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

Dr. Florint Lobont, West University of Timisoara, ROMANIA

Dr. László Vasa, The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade, HUNGARY

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

This webinar will be available on December 15th at 1500 hours CET/Serbia, 1400 hours GMT/UK, and 0900 hours EST/USA Information or Questions: Dr. Trifunovic galileja@yahoo.com

This webinar is sponsored by the Security Science Journal (Serbia), the International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence (USA) and Experiential Learning Services (USA)

Free Webinar-Current Topics European Security and Intelligence: Analysis of the Terrorist Attacks in France and Austria - PDF