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5th Australia-Europe Counter-Terrorism Dialogue, Berlin and Brussels (Germany and Belgium)

Terrorism Realities Old and New: Assessing Continuing and Evolving Challenges

In cooperation with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI, KAS' Regional Programme Australia and the Pacific will organize its 5th ASPI-KAS Australia-Europe Counter-Terrorism Dialogue in Berlin and Brussels from October 14 to 18 this year.


This annual 1.5 Track Dialogue was initiated in 2015 when the directors of ASPI and KAS in the region recognised that Australia and Europe shared similar challenges in countering violent extremism (CVE) – and yet no forum existed for those involved in combatting these issues to share their views, develop better understandings and explore how cooperation could be strengthened. Proving to be a winning formula, this laid the groundwork for a number of successful seminars and thought-provoking exchanges – held interchangeably in either Australia or Germany/Europe to allow for an ongoing exchange  between experts and practitioners from both regions . Now in its 5th iteration, this year’s dialogue is dedicated to both Jihadi as well as right-wing extremism.

Following the Christchurch attack, it is becoming increasingly clear that in order to fully grasp today’s realities of terrorism, it is necessary to cast the net wider; this means examining specific trends, both emerging and continuing as they manifest themselves across the ideological spectrum.

Breaking down new and ongoing issues, the dialogue seeks to address contemporary terrorism challenges  through a combination of roundtables,  an in-depth seminar and meetings at various relevant institutions and ministries in Berlin and Brussels, as well as the German and European Parliament

This is an invitation-only  closed-door event under Chatham House Rule.  A publication will be released afterwards to provide an overview of the discussions. 

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Katja Theodorakis