Olivier Roy

MENA region needs international cooperation, say experts

A high-level conference on the challenges facing the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region paved the way for an innovative EUI summer school last week. The Middle East Directions Programme (MEDirections) conference, ‘Beyond Borders and States’, examined who pulls the strings of power in the globalised Middle East. Over three days, experts and scholars took […]

Olivier Roy received by King of Belgium

On 18 April, Olivier Roy, Joint Professor at the RSCAS and in SPS,  was received by King Philippe of Belgium, in Brussels, in a private appointment. As the King’s staff explained in the January invitation, Professor Roy’s work and reactions in the press following the terrorist attacks in Paris had caught the interest of the […]

What is the driving force behind jihadist terrorism?

This week Professor Olivier Roy, Chair of the SPS Department at the EUI, gave a speech at the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) Autumn Conference explaining the motivations behind radical Islamism today.  Roy outlines the common patterns which define the process of Islamic radicalisation in western European societies. A core theme in his argument is that Islamic radicalisation must be understood as an individual phenomenon […]