Thriving on Uncertainty: COVID-19-Related Opportunities for Terrorist Groups

27 July 2021. From 15:00 | Conference | English | Online
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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a cataclysmic impact on all aspects of the functioning of our world. The relevance of the possibility of the spread of a global virus with the spread of terrorism is not immediately obvious as it is difficult for a direct causal link to be scientifically established. However, taking into consideration how state responses and pre-existing socioeconomic grievances can be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can lead to innovative findings on how terrorist groups have adapted and conducted their activities during the pandemic. Against this background, this event aims at examining the potential link between increasing threats of violence and terrorist activity and the spread of COVID-19, and subsequently proposes recommendations for the European Union to better understand and push back terrorist groups’ activities amidst the pandemic. 

The presentation of EuroMeSCo Policy Study’s Key findings and policy recommendations is conducted by the co-coordinator of this Joint Study Group, Mr. Bassou, Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South, specializing in Security Studies and Strategies and Defense, and Youssef Tobi, International Relations Specialist of the Policy Center for the New South.

Introduced by Matteo Pugliese, Associate Research Fellow of The Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI).

Conference organised by the Policy Center for the New South (PCNS), Morocco, in collaboration with EuroMeSCo. 

This webinar will take place in English and will be broadcasted live via the PCNS’ Facebook page and YouTube channel, with live coverage on Twitter



Abdelhak Bassou

Senior Fellow Policy Center for the New South

Youssef Tobi

International Relations Specialist Policy Center for the New South

Matteo Pugliese

Associate Research Fellow The Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) and Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leader (ADEL)