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Sur la piste des jihadistes suisses - chemins virtuels & réseaux francophones


Le 9 octobre 2014, la RTS et Temps Présent diffuseront un reportage intitulé "Sur la piste des jihadistes suisses". Pour la deuxième fois, le Centre participera à cet événement en répondant, sur la page du forum prévu à cet effet, aux questions que poseront les spectateurs intéressés.


En octobre 2013, le Centre consacrait un long article sur la relation complexe qu'entretiennent nos instances politiques et sécuritaires helvétiques avec le terrorisme. Nous écrivions alors : 

Si l’on questionnait, impromptu, nos concitoyens sur les relations forcément morganatiques de la Suisse et du terrorisme, gageons qu’ils seraient nombreux à manifester une incompréhension certaine. A consulter le récapitulatif, heureusement vide, des opérations terroristes perpétrées ces dix dernières années à l’encontre de notre pays ou de ses intérêts directs, il serait peu élégant, pour ne pas dire malséant, de leur en vouloir.

En guise de conclusion, non par prémonition mais bien parce que nous disposions des informations suffisantes pour le lancer, nous précisions :

Quant à la Syrie, nous avons toutes les raisons de penser que cette nouvelle terre de jihad héberge désormais son lot de jeunes gens venus de notre pays. Et pour la première fois, il se pourrait que nous soyons confronté à un nom de guerre se terminant par le patronyme al-Suisri…

L'actualité de l'année 2014 - tout comme le reportage de Temps Présent diffusé ce 9 octobre- porte amplement témoignage des évolutions, de la nature et de l'importance croissante du phénomène.

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Terrorism Experts Conference, Ankara

altOn 15-16 October 2014, the Centre will participate to the "Terrorism Experts Conference", in Ankara, Turkey. The main topic of the Conference will be "Recent conflicts and their impact on terrorist networks".

The Centre's presentation will be entitled   


Foreign Fighters, from MM to MN, a New Typology ?



In the last decade, foreign fighters have mainly been associated with either al-Qa’eda Core (aQC) or its regional emirates (aQPA, aQIM), branches (Harakat as-Shabaab al-Mujahideen) and associates (Tehreek e Taleban Pakistan…).

Then the profiles of the foreign fighters were well enough defined. From Af-Pak to Yemen, from Somalia to Sub-saharan Africa processes were developed, changed sometimes, adapted always.
Because of this, Western intelligence officers, law enforcement agents and policemen could hypothesize networks and thus identify facilitators, go-between and potential mujahideen.
German philosopher Nietsche wrote « And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you ». In his book, US Army retired general Stanley McChrystal said « As we grew our network solidified the relations that bound it (…), our enemy did the same ».
And this is exactely the purpose of our presentation, to show how - using Mohamed Merah (MM) and Mehdi Nemmouche (MN) as case studies – aQC thinkers (‘Attiyatullah al-Libi…) and operational leaders (Yunus al-Mauritani) influenced deep changes in the processes of recruitment, travel and in last resort training, of future mujahideen.
Studying these two cases, we will also try to emphasize how the actual situation in Syria and Iraq with the Islamic State is different from all that has been known, scrutinized and studied before.


To learn more about the Conference please follow the link here

Making Sense of ISIS - The Islamic State and Changing Geostrategic Dynamics

On 30 september 2014, the GCTAT will be taking part in a debate on the following topic :


Public Discussion: "Making Sense of ISIS - The Islamic State and Changing Geostrategic Dynamics"






Ms Souad Mekhennet

Associate Fellow to the GCSP, columnist at The Washington Post, Newsweek, 

The Daily Beast and correspondent for ZDF

Mr Jean-Paul Rouiller

Director, Geneva Centre for Training and Analysis of Terrorism, Switzerland



Dr Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

 Deputy Director and Academic Dean, GCSP

Visiting Professor, Graduate Institute


Tuesday 30 September 2014

13:00 - 14:30


Within a year of its formation as a breakaway group from Al Qaeda, the Islamic State of Iraq and al Shaam (ISIS) has become the primary radical Islamist Salafi group worldwide. The recent push of ISIS in Iraq and Syria and its global threats, followed by a counter terrorism operation from the Obama administration, profoundly alters the geostrategic dynamics not only on a regional but on a global level.

The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) is delighted to invite you to a public discussion that will bring together two experts on the region to provide their views on the impact of ISIS on security in Iraq, Syria, other parts of the Levant and the globe.

Ms Souad Mekhennet, currently Associate Fellow to the Regional Development Programme at the GCSP, columnist for among others The Washington Post and the German TV channel ZDF and selected as young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014, will discuss with Mr Jean-Paul Rouiller, Director of the Geneva Centre for Training and Analysis of Terrorism, the recent events and their effects for future geostrategic developments.


Registration & original invitation to be found here

Internet & Human Rights' Factory - War in the Digital Age : Radical Groups and New Practices of the Internet




On September 17-18, the Centre took part to a two days conference organised by the International Institute for Peace, Justice and Human Rights and entitled 



Internet and Human Rights' Factory 


The Conference was articulated around two side-events and took place at the Palais des Nations. The Centre's intervention was delivered on September 18 and was focused on a case study on how Internet is used as a tool for radicalization, recruitment, propaganda and communication by people willing to leave Europe to join ranks wirh the Organisation of the Islamic State or other jihadi groups in Syria and / or Iraq. 

Dr Erin Marie Saltmann, Senior Researcher at uilliam Foundation lectured on her last co-publication  Jihad Trending: A comprehensive Analysis of Online Extremism and How to Counter it, focusing herself on the situation in Syria and Iraq.


Karolina Jaros, Research Associate at TRAC (Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium) presented her analysis of the new jihadists fighting in Syria, their ways and motivation.


Our contribution was entitled: