Night Owl Session

Ordinary radical(s): In Search of a Meaningful Response

22:00, Grand Hotel Toplice, Lake Lounge

Storyteller & Commentator:

  • Mr Adam Deen, Managing Director of Quilliam Foundation, United Kingdom
  • Ms Julia Reinelt, Violence Prevention Network, Germany


  • Mr Ahmad Saiful Rijal Bin Hassan, Religious Counsellor of the RRG Initiative, Singapore
  • Ambassador Ahmed Farouk, Consul General of the Arab Republic of Egypt in New York, United States of America
  • Ms Elena González, Freelance Journalist, Morocco
  • Mr Matjaž Gruden, Director of Policy Planning at the Council of Europe
  • Mr Jakob Sheikh, Author and Investigative Journalist at Politiken, Denmark

Moderated by:

  • Mr Nicola Forster, Founder and President of foraus – Forum Aussenpolitik, Switzerland
  • Dr Magdalena Kirchner, Transatlantic Fellow at RAND Corporation, United States of America

Table moderators:

  • Ms Hanina Ben Bernou, Adviser to the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Kenya
  • Mr Martin Castro, President of Castro Synergies, United States of America
  • Mr Kyle Matthews, Senior Deputy Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University, Canada
  • Ms Ivana Ponjavic, Associate of the Head of the Negotiating Team for Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the European Union, Global Diplomacy Lab, Serbia
  • Ms Mome Saleem, Programme Coordinator Energy innovation, Resource Equity and Climate Change at Heinrich Böll Foundation, Pakistan

The Night Owl Session will be held in cooperation with Global Diplomacy Lab (GDL) an international cross-sectoral platform for exploring a more inclusive diplomacy, which goes beyond traditional politics. GDL is an initiative of Germany’s Federal Foreign Office and several private foundations.

The discussion will be centred around preventive action, whereby participants will address the reasons for the increasing radicalization of young people and reflect on opportunities for education, employment and inclusion, in an innovative and collaborative format.

How can we get to the roots of conflicts and lack of understanding leading to intolerance and extreme acts, such as terrorist attacks? The attacks in Paris resulted in a unified and very clear condemnation, as well as in the unanimous response of the media with numerous analyses and reflective editorials in the world press. But attacks are occurring everywhere. How do we respond and what action is taken when attacks target places outside the Western hemisphere? The global terrorist threat dictates a clear, unified and determined response to attacks, regardless of their geographical location. In addition to security measures, the fight against terrorism must include actions aimed at more successful integration, better education, future perspectives, and the eradication of poverty, as well as in-depth analysis of nationalist and religious conflicts in various parts of the world.

To download the panel discussion backgrounder and guiding questions click here.