On the occasion of the release of Policy Exchange's recently published report, The Hijacking of British Islam: how extremist literature is subverting mosques in the UK, The Transatlantic Institute hosts a panel debate to discuss the challenge of radical Islam in Europe with author Dr. Denis MacEoin and discussant Alexander Ritzmann.
Dean Godson is the Research Director for the Policy Exchange, a right-of-centre United Kingdom think-tank.
He is a graduate of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Between 1983 to 1984, he served as Secretary in the US Navy and in 1987-1989 as Special Assistant to John Lehman. Dean Godson also served as a Research Fellow in the Institute for Defense and Strategic Studies in 1990-1992. His political career includes Joint Deputy Chairman of Kensington and Chelsea Conservative Association.
He is the author of Himself Alone: David Trimble and the Ordeal of Ulster Unionism. Mr Godson previously served as the Chief Editorial writer of the Daily Telegraph, the Associate Editor of the Spectator and Special Assistant to the convicted fraudster, Conrad Black. After his departure from Hollinger, he has been the Research Director of the Policy Exchange, a right-of-centre think tank.
Dr. Denis MacEoin
Denis MacEoin is the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He holds MA's from Trinity College, Dublin and Edinbourgh in English, Persian, Arabic and Islamic Studies and a Ph.D. in Persian [Islamic Studies] from Cambridge. From 1979 to 1980 he taught English and Islamic Civilization at the Mohammed V University in Fez, Morocco and was later lecturer in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Newcastle University. In 1980 he became an honorary fellow at the Centre for Middle East and Islamic Studies at Durham University.
Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi is Executive Director at the Transatlantic Institute in Brussels. He previously taught Israel Studies at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and at the Middle East Centre of St. Antony's College, Oxford University.
He holds a degree in Political Science from University of Bologna, Italy, and a Ph.D. in political theory from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Since 1998 he is at Oxford.
His research focuses on Israeli domestic politics, specifically coalition and party politics, and elections, post-Zionism, the Arab-Israeli conflict (mainly the Oslo era), Europe's new anti-Semitism and European attitudes to the Middle East. He is currently finishing a book on Israel's electoral reforms in the 1990s.
Alexander Ritzmann is a Senior Fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy and a former member of the Berlin's state parliament for the German Liberal Democrats (FDP). He is an expert in international and homegrown terrorism, and immigration policies in Europe and the United States. He received his masters' degree in political science from the Freie Universitaet Berlin.
He was previously a research fellow with the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C. A frequently consulted terrorism expert, Mr Ritzmann has testified on Hezbollah before the US House of Representatives in the Foreign Affairs Committee, sub-committee on Europe.
His views appear in numerous publications from around the world, such as Die Welt, Financial Times Deutschland, Wall Street Journal, Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty and many others.