International counter terrorism experts visit the Peace Centre

October 15, 2014 | Nick Taylor

European experts on counter terrorism will be visiting North West England on Thursday (16 October 2014) to discuss approaches to strategy and considering the response to the ever increasing national threat around terrorism. Local professionals will be joined by a Finnish delegation as well as delegates from Germany, Sweden, Northern Ireland and North West Police Forces and Non Governmental Organisations such as the Foundation

Today (15 October 2014), some of the experts visited the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball  Peace Centre to learn about the work of the Foundation and discuss the leading work being taken forward to prevent, resolve and respond to violent conflict.

Dr Magnus Ranstorp is the Research Director of the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies at the Swedish National Defence College, directing a large funded project on strategic terrorist threats to Europe which focuses on both radicalisation and recruitment of salafist-jihadist terrorists across Europe.

He is internationally recognised as a leading expert on Hizballah, Hamas, al-Qaeda and other militant Islamic movements. He has conducted extensive field work around the world, interviewing hundreds of terrorists as well as members of militant Islamic movements.  Dr. Ranstorp is a world renowned speaker who gave evidence to the 9/11 commission.

Magnus was joined by colleagues from Lancashire Police and toured the Peace Centre before discussing Foundation work with Chief Executive Nick Taylor and Director of Commissions Kelly Simcock.  Kelly is also the Chair of the EU Radicalisation Awareness Network specialising in the PREVENT agenda and will attend the event in Lancashire.