Brussels Events

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 06:30 PM

Discussion Group on EU Foreign Policy and related issues - "EU Foreign Policy - Condemned to ad-hoc crisis management or destined for more?"


From the financial crisis to the refugee crisis and now Brexit - the EU has got its hands full with internal issues. This brings along other problems - rising populist movements, security fears and fast-changing governments in several EU Member States. Moreover, tensions and difficulties are emerging both in the European Neighbourhood area and also across the Atlantic. With the UK's departure, the EU is also set to lose a strong foreign policy player. France will then as a consequence be the only EU Member State with nuclear capabilities and a permanent seat on the UN Security Council. Of course, this year's elections in France and Germany may alter the current state of play. New governments, shifting national priorities - can the EU be a global player in foreign policy? Or is it to busy fixing the holes left behind by a succession of crises?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Come and join us for the second round of our Discussion Group on EU Foreign Policy and exchange ideas and arguments!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Beers Bank in Etterbeek, Belgium

The Southeast Asia paradigm: how organised crime finances terrorism


Behind headline-grabbing attacks and the 'propaganda' that receives so much media attention, how does terrorism find the necessary funds to ensure its survival? Growing fears that Islamist terrorist groups such as the Islamic State (IS) are expanding in Southeast Asia are driving some to believe that the region is becoming the financing hub of terrorist groups. The nature of the East Asian region is such that it does not need continuous funding from outside. Today, criminal activity generates the highest income for terrorists from IS and multiple other groups in the countries of Southeast Asia. Hostage ransoming is the most fruitful activity but human, arms and drugs trafficking also play a role in some countries.

Come, order a beer and discuss these issues with our distinguishd guest Günther Sablattnig, Adviser to the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator at the Council of the European Union, and other speakers. We will try to determine if the East Asian region is indeed becoming the financing centre of Islamist terrorism, what role that criminal activity plays in this, and the EU's stance regarding the situation.