21-22 November                                           

HOMEAFFAIRS ACADEMY

 The HOMEAFFAIRS Academy aims to improve the level of internal security policy insight among governmental officials from the Visegrad group. Governmental experts will meet to enhance security co-operation among their different departments and countries of origin. Government and non-governmental experts will co-operate within the Academy to investigate the issues of Islamic extremism and integration policies.

All Academy sessions are held strictly off record.

 

Thursday 23 November                              

HOMEAFFAIRS CONFERENCE                

8:00 – 9:30                                  

Restricted Working Breakfast: Czech and German Experience with the Integration of Immigrants: Legal and Practical Challenges in the European Context

Venue: The Embassy of Germany (Vlašská 19, Prague)

By special invitation only.

  • Chair: Pavla Novotná, Director of the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy, Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic, Prague (to be confirmed)
  • Arndt Künnecke, Assistant Professor, Federal University of Applied Administrative Sciences, Brühl
  • Roland Freudenstein, Policy Director at the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, Brussels

 

9:30 – 10:00               

Registration and Coffee

Conference venue: Kaiserstein Palace (Malostranské nám. 37/23, Prague)

 

10:00 – 11:30

Public Panel: Countering Global Jihadi Movements – EU & NATO in the Fight Against Militant Islamism in the MENA Region

As the Islamic State crumbles, what are the next battlefields against militant Islamist groups and what role should be played by the EU and NATO?

  • Chair: Martin Klučar, Deputy Director, Common Foreign and Security Policy Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
  • Steven F. Egan, Director of the Joint Interagency Counter Trafficking Center, United States European Command, Stuttgart
  • Shaul Shay, Director for Research at the Institute for Policy and Strategy, Interdisciplinary Center Hezliya, Herzliya
  • Olivier Guitta, Managing Director of GlobalStrat, London

 

11:30 – 12:00               

Coffee Break

 

12:00 – 13:30    

Public Panel: A Pragmatic Approach to the Prevention of Islamic Extremism in Europe

What options do we have for stopping the proliferation of Islamism, Jihadism and Islamic Fundamentalism in Europe?

  • Chair: Radko Hokovský, Executive Director of the European Values Think Tank, Prague
  • Katja Papenkort, Deputy Director for counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism, Affairs of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, German Chancellery, Berlin
  • Elliot Grainger, Head of Consultancy, European Strategic Communications Network
  • Fernando Rojo, Senior Adviser, Strategy and Prospective Department, CVE Counterterrorist Division, Intelligence Center Against Terrorism and Organized Crime, Madrid
  • Shmuel Bar, Founder and CEO of IntuView, Herzliya; Adjunct Fellow at the Hudson Institute, Washington D.C.
  • Bassam Tibi, Professor of International Relations, Goettingen University, Goettingen

 

13:30 – 14:30           

Lunch Break

 

14:30 – 16:00                            

Restricted Panel: Brexit & the Future of EU–UK Cooperation in Internal Security

How can close collaboration between the UK and other Member States’ security agencies be maintained after Britain leaves the Union? How may information sharing within Europol and SIS be continued?

  • Chair: Kateřina Flaigová Vronská, External and EU Institutional Affairs, EUROPOL, The Hague
  • Henry Newman, Executive Director of Open Europe, London
  • Helen Griffiths, Deputy Director for Security, UK Department for Exiting the European Union, London

 

16:00 – 16:30               

Coffee Break

 

16:30 – 18:00               

Restricted Panel: EU Migration Policy – Prevention of Illegal Immigration; International Regulation of Migratory Flows & Cooperation with African Countries

Which specific steps can be taken to help stabilize Libya?

  • Chair: Jan Stehlík, Security Analyst, European Values Think-Tank
  • Carmen González Enríquez, Senior Analyst at the Elcano Institute, Madrid
  • Charles de Marcilly, Director of the Brussels Office of the Robert Schuman Foundation, Brussels
  • Viktor Marsai, Senior Researcher at the Migration Research Institute, Budapest

 

18:00 – 18:30               

Break

 

18:30 – 20:30               

Reception for Conference Participants

                                         

Venue: Embassy of the United Kingdom (Thunovská 180/14, Prague)

 

18:30 – 20:30                             

Restricted Working Dinner: Salafism and Qutbism in Europe and Lessons Learned for the Czech Republic

Venue: The Spanish Residence (Pevnostní 6, Prague)

By special invitation only.

  • Lorenzo Vidino, Director of the Program on Extremism, George Washington University, Washington D.C.
  • Fernando Rojo, Senior Adviser, Strategy and Prospective Department, CVE Counterterrorist Division, Intelligence Center Against Terrorism and Organized Crime, Madrid
  • Elliot Grainger, Head of Consultancy, European Strategic Communications Network
  • Bassam Tibi, Professor of International Relations, Goettingen University, Goettingen

 

Friday 24 November 2017                     

HOMEAFFAIRS Roundtables

Following the Academy, the HOMEAFFAIRS Roundtables will be held as closed sessions for specialised senior governmental officials.  As a follow-up to the Conference, the Roundtables will focus mainly on the issue of Islamist propaganda and the challenge posed by the propagation of Islamic extremism in Europe.

All Roundtables sessions are held strictly off record.