Terror Attacks in Paris: What Do They Mean for Europe?
In response to the terrorist attacks in Paris, VMU research cluster “International Relations and Security Processes: Lithuania in Global Arena” is organizing a discussion entitled “Terrorist Attacks in Paris: What Do They Mean for Europe?” on Thursday 19 November, 11.15 a.m., at the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy (Gedimino g. 44, Room 203).
The participants of the discussion are: Vice-Dean of Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy Giedrius Česnakas, PhD, Head of the Social and Political Theory Prof. Gintautas Mažeikis, Assoc. Prof. Rytis Bulota. The discussion will be moderated by Head of VMU research cluster “International Relations and Security Processes: Lithuania in Global Arena” Gerda Jakštaitė, PhD, and Justinas Juozaitis.
On November 13th, three teams of terrorists carried out attacks in Paris. 129 people were killed and 352 injured. These attacks will undoubtedly have an impact on the domestic and foreign policies of European countries, the European economy, and the position towards the Syrian refugees. According to Dr. Giedrius Česnakas, the second bloody terrorist attack in Paris in one year indicates that Europe cannot feel safe from Islamic fundamentalists.
“The challenge is not only the terrorist attacks, but also the increasing strength of the radical right-wing powers in Europe and the growing hatred towards other religions, cultures and races”, the Vice-Dean said.
“Refugees from Syria also flee from those who blew up their families in Aleppo and other cities, and today are attacking Paris”, explained Prof. Gintautas Mažeikis.
How should Europe respond to the terrorist attacks in Paris: hold massive protests against the fundamentalists who carried out terrorist acts? Strengthen security of its border? Invest more in migrant integration in Europe? What will be the impact of the terrorist attacks on foreign policy of France and other major powers? Where should we look for causes of the terrorist attacks in Paris: in foreign policy of European countries or in radical political ideologies and movements? Participants of the discussion will try to answer these and other questions.
The discussion will be held in English.