Seminar : « Terrorism risk and counter-terrorism policies along One Belt One Road » – 8 June 2017

The Tsinghua University Sino-French Research Centre and the Department of International Relations of Tsinghua University are pleased to invite you to a seminar on terrorism risk and counter-terrorism policies along One Belt One Road.

Speakers :

Marc Julienne (INALCO,  French Foundation for Strategic Research)

Shen Xiaochen (Tsinghua University),

Chair :

Shi Zhiqin, Professor and Dean of the International Relations Department of Tsinghua University, co-director of the Tsinghua University Sino-French Research Center

Marc Julienne : « Risk in Terrorism perspective along ‘Belt & Road' »

China’s Belt and Road (B&R) initiatives bring a new momentum and new opportunities for economic development and cooperation among states. However, these initiatives come with many challenges, the security risk ranking among the most prominent ones. With Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asian countries in the front line of the Silk Road Economic Belt, the terrorist risk should not be overlooked, especially with the attempts by al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and local jihadist groups to strengthen their foothold in the region. Therefore, China is dealing with those risks through various bilateral and multilateral cooperation frameworks. We will first attempt to assess the risks posed by these terrorist organizations, and then analyze China’s strategy to protect the B&R from those risks.

Marc Julienne

Marc Julienne is a PhD Candidate at the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO, Paris) and Resident Associate Fellow at the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS) in Paris . He is currently Visiting Scholar at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.

Shen Xiaochen: « The Counter-Extremist Dilemma in Contemporary Europe–from the Perspective of Identity Crisis »

How to deal with an unknown enemy and the urgency of the social extremism and terrorism in contemporary world require all related states to react immediately. However, there is not yet a solid convincing and unanimous explanation of where these threats came from or how it evolved. This research argues that the counter-extremism dilemma has indeed become a more serious security challenge to both ends of the Belt and Road Initiative, which are China and Europe. Such counter-extremism dilemma has also brought about a series of policy problems. From the lens of domestic identity crisis and the European case, this research first discusses the limitations of current counter-extremist/terrorist theories and policies, analyzing the occurrence and escalation of the “cumulative extremism” mechanism. It subsequently explores the basic standards of effective counter-extremist measures.

 Shen Xiaochen

Shen Xiaochen is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of International Relations of Tsinghua University.

Thursday, 8 June 2017, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Tsinghua University

Mingzhai Building 明斋楼

Room 349A

The seminar will be held in English and Chinese.