Each year, the RAN High-Level Conference on radicalisation (RAN HLC) evolves around the unique opportunity of bringing together the European Commission, high-ranking officials of the EU Member States and RAN firstline practitioners from all its Working Groups.
This year’s HLC, which took place on 4 November, centred on the viewing of Le Jeune Ahmed, a film by Belgian film directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, about the radicalisation process of a young boy. The film premiered in Cannes, May 2019. At the HLC, first-line practitioners and high-ranking policymakers used the story in this film as the basis for their discussion about the question of whether things could have gone differently, and if so, what it would require in terms of policy and practice.
The HLC focused on four themes identified in the film: family and community, ideology, education, and disengagement and deradicalisation. This ex post paper covers the main outcomes of the discussion. Read more