The January terrorist attacks in Paris did not come as a surprise. They are the result of radicalisation into Islamism among European Muslims. The jihadist ideology calls for a violent opposition against liberty, democracy, Western values and everything else which it considers un-Islamic. With the expansion of the Islamic State and other terrorist organisations in the Middle East, the Islamist ideology was adopted by thousands of young Muslims in Europe.
Compared to Western European countries with their populous immigrant communities, the Muslim population in the Czech Republic remains benign. The country is therefore in a unique situation. Instead of having to respond to contemporary terrorist attacks and dealing with thousands of radicals, it can primarily focus on preventing security threats and suppressing extremist ideas in their inception. At the same time, the Czech discourse is not as constrained by political correctness. It is therefore a suitable environment to lead an open discussion and propose EU-wide solutions to the problem.
For this reason, the European Values Think Tank assembled the Counter-Radicalisation Task Force (CRTF), an expert group whose members analyse the trend of radicalisation among European Muslims. The work of the group revolves around one central question:
“How should the Czech Republic and the EU Member States face the rise of radicalisation among Muslims in Europe?”
The group conducts a long term analysis of the various facets of radicalisation into militant Islamism. The overarching objective of this work is to create a series of political and legislative measures aiming to ensure an effective prevention of radicalisation of Muslims in the Czech Republic and the European Union.
Executive Director of the European Values Think-tank
Senior Fellow at the Internal Security Program
Phone: +420 775 031 108
Radko Hokovský is the Executive Director of the European Values Think Tank. He started as a volunteer in 2005 and gradually became project manager, international coordinator and executive secretary. He was a director of international research-educational program, the European Values Network between 2007 and 2010. As a volunteer, he was active in the Association for International Affairs, the European Youth Parliament and the European Movement.
His expertise lies in the area of EU internal security and institutional issues of European integration. He is an author many expert and academic publications as well as speaker at international conferences. He is a lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Charles University and at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at the Metropolitan University in Prague.
At the moment, he is finalising his dissertation at the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations in 2006. He acquired his Master’s degree at the Center for European Integration at the University of Bonn. During his studies, he finished an internship at the European Parliament under MEP Josef Zieleniec. He attended the Robinson-Martin Security Scholars Program at the Prague Security Studies Institute. At the invitation of the US Foreign Secretary, he attended the Visitor Leadership Program themed “Current U.S. social, political and economic issues for young European leaders”.
Phone: +420 722 176 195
Jan Stehlík received his BA in Politics at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, where he focused his studies in the fields of political science, multiculturalism, security, extremism and civil society. His thesis investigated radicalisation into militant Islamism among British Muslims. In 2014, he enrolled in MA Security Studies at the Charles University in Prague. He spent the first half of 2016 at the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po.
Jan has been active in civil society. In 2014, he worked with the Rekonstrukce Státu NGO on drafting questions for the Election Calculator. In early 2015, he worked for the Oživení CSO where he took part in an anti-corruption project tackling the misuse of public-funded media in local politics. He has been working with the European Values Think Tank since June 2014 and coordinated the Internal Security Program until January 2015.
Jiří graduated from the doctoral study program in Judaism at the Hussite Theological Faculty at the Charles University in Prague, where he studied medieval Jewish millennialism, eschatology and recent developments in the Middle East. He studied at the Conservative Yeshiva Institute in Jerusalem and participated in the Visiting Research Fellow program at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem between 2008 and 2009.
Communications Coordinator for the Internal Security Program
Phone: +420 731 377 118
Radka is a student of Security Management at the Police Academy of the Czech Republic, focusing on the issues of safety and crisis management. She completed a one-year study program at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. In 2015, she entered the Active Reserve Forces of the Czech Army. Radka has been active in the European Values Think Tank since June 2015.
CRTF Junior Associate
A student of BA Political Science and BA Security and Strategic Studies, Šimon’s focus lies with Islamic radicalism, conflicts over resources and global security trends. He cooperates with the War on Peace internet portal which deals with current security problems.
CRTF Law Analyst
Adéla graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of West Bohemia in Plzeň, where she took interest in the fields of copyright and constitutional law and human rights. Since 2007, she has been active in advocacy and since 2011 she has worked as an independent lawyer in Prague. In her profession, she deals mainly with legal specifications real estate, religious communities, media, software, consumer and energy sectors. She also represents clients in civil court proceedings. Adéla provides legal services to public service institutions, religious communities, fundraising organisations, banks and energy providers, associations of unit owners and private persons.
In the European Values Think Tank, her work lies with the compatibility of the Sharia law with European law and the constitutional system of the Czech Republic. She also works on the details of application of the Sharia in the EU space.
Petr Jan Vinš
CRTF Theology Analyst
Petr graduated from the Master’s study program in religion studies and theology at HTF UK (Hussite Theological Faculty of the Charles University) in Prague. After passing his rigorous exams in theology he was awarded the ThDr. title. In his studies he focused on religious fieldwork research, the problematic of sectarianism and religious extremism. He also worked in consulting on religious sects. He completed his post-graduate studies in Bern and Tel Aviv. Currently he is finishing his doctoral study program focused on the Near East in Bern in Switzerland, and on Czech History at the Faculty of Arts of the UPOL in Olomouc. For several years he used to be active as an expert fellow at the Bern university in Switzerland, now he lectures predominantly at the HTF UK. He has been cooperating with the European Values Think-Tank since May 2015.
Kamil graduated from Russian and Eastern European Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Charles University in Prague, where he specialised on the problematic of Islam and modern history of Muslim ethnicities of Turkey and Southern Europe. He continues to research this region in his doctoral study at the same faculty. During his doctoral study, his interest extended to the problematic of Muslim communities in the rest of Europe. During the course of his studies, he completed research placements in Ankara, Pristine, and Strasbourg.
At the Charles University Faculty of Social Sciences, Kamil lectures the Islam in the Balkans course and several other courses on Balkans and religion in Eastern Europe. He is the author and contributor to several publications, most recently a collective monograph entitled National Minorities in Socialist Yugoslavia (Národnostní menšiny v socialistické Jugoslávii (Sokolov: Flavia Viera, 2015)) to which he is the co-editor and the author of the chapter on the Turkish minority.