Di 08. März 19:30 Saal

Zurich Salon: Why are so many young Westerners joining terrorist groups?

What is driving so many young Westerners to commit or sympathize with the major acts of terror that we have witnessed in Paris, London and elsewhere? Is this caused by generational estrangement or poverty or new forms of criminal-gang behavior, or is it the result of the conflicts caused at home by foreign policy? If some young Europeans are rejecting Western values, what exactly do those values stand for today? To what extent is this a problem specific to young Muslims? What role have multiculturalist policies played in creating divisive and separate cultural identities? Why has the Western democratic way of life failed to inspire so many young people?

This salon will also discuss the efficacy of different proposals to counter the threats we face.

Speakers: Dr. Prem Mahadevan, senior researcher with the Global Security Team at the Center for Security Studies (CSS), Zurich; Professor Frank Furedi, author of «Invitation to Terror: The Expanding Empire of the Unknown»; Adam Deen, former leading British Islamist extremist, who now works for the Quilliam Foundation; PD Dr. Elham Manea, dual nationalities, Yemeni and Swiss, and political scientist (Political Science Institute, University of Zurich) specialized on the Arab Middle East, writer, human rights advocate

Chair: Michael McKay, host of the Mckay interview on WRS in Geneva

In association with ETH’s Center for Security Studies (CSS); Free Thinkers Association of Switzerland

Tickets: CHF 20 / 25 online at or CHF 25 / 30 at the door

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