On April 27, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (German Green Party foundation) invited Yan St-Pierre to take part in their event “Radicalism and Terror: Security in an insecure Society”. Moderated by Breschkai Ferhad from the German Union of Migration Organisations Network (NEMO), St-Pierre spoke alongside radical Islam specialist Marwan Abou Taam of the state criminal police (LKA) of Rheinland-Pfalz, and Toralf Staud, journalist and author specializing in German far-right movements.
(Yan St-Pierre’s presentation starts at 48:45 min)
Dr Taam spoke of the roots of radical Islam and its appeal for youth, emphasizing the role identity plays in the process, while Toralf Staud spoke of the discrepancy in the coverage of religious and far-right terrorist attacks and plots, underlining the hype that surrounds the former and the apparent indifference that shrouds the latter. Yan St-Pierre provided an overview of the international political and social reactions to terrorism and suggested that the biggest challenge of counter-terrorism and politics is to manage the fantasy of fear. The debate focused on possible solutions and the role of identity, integration and solidarity towards mitigating fear and countering the attraction of extremism.
The event was held as part of the pre-election campaign series “Interculturalism and Politics”, which addresses the issues of fear, security, migration and integration and their impact on German politics. Yan St-Pierre would like to thank Anke Bremer, Mekonnen Mesghena and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung for the invitation and organization.