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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, killing four people and wounding over 20 people. The gunman was later identified as a 20-year-old "Islamist terrorist" who was released early 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 trend of indications that something is wrong.

These indications include the existence and activities of the terrorists themselves seem focused on one territory; the presence and operation of terrorist organizations themselves; the actions of so-called non-governmental organizations that may be involved in the finance and logistics of supporting acts of terrorism; there is seemingly the use or abuse of religion. Austria's and France's security services and intelligence community seem to be unprepared to prevent the establishment of terrorist infrastructure in their countries…why?  One reason may be the lack of understanding of the problem, especially among professionals in security and 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,


Dr Gordan Akrap, Director, Hybrid Warfare Research Institute, Zagreb, CROATIA

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


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 Jakublek 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

https://zagrebsecurityforum.my.webex.com/zagrebsecurityforum.my/j.php?MTID=m636f1ecda3523c32c37b0f296a1eeb8c     (cut and paste into your browser)

Information or Questions: Dr. Trifunovic  [email protected]

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