Thursday, 16th November 2023, from 10:00 to 14:00 h. CET (UTC+1). Venue: María de Maeztu Room, Fundación Ortega-Marañón (Fortuny no. 53, Madrid).

Global jihadism and its inherent terrorist threat are now in their fourth evolutionary phase. Whenever each one of their previous three phases came to an end, it was widely interpreted as a point marking the decadence – and even the disappearance – of this phenomenon.

However, nowadays it is clear that jihadism is more extended than ever, even though its articulation level or the predominance of one or other of its blocks varies between regions. If one lesson is to be learned from the recent past is that we must not underestimate the capacity of jihadist organizations to adapt and recompose, as a response to adverse circumstances as well as to seize unexpected opportunities to promote the mobilization of their followers and sympathizers around the world.

The 10th Elcano Forum on Global Terrorism (FETG), dedicated on this occasion to the ‘Global terrorism’s new phase. Threat trends’, will gather leading national and international academics, experts and professionals in Madrid to analyse the current trends of this global threat, focusing on how these might impact liberal Western democracies and the possible responses to deal with this severe threat that endangers the security and resilience of our societies.

Hashtag: #FETG10

Live streaming in English

Live streaming in original version (O.V)


10:00 – 10:30 – Opening session

  • Lucía Sala, General Director, Fundación Ortega-Marañón | @luciasala – @fortegamaranon
  • José Juan Ruiz, Chairman, Elcano Royal Institute | @ElcanoJjRuiz
  • Abel Vecino, Legal Attaché, Embassy of the US in Madrid | @USembassyMadrid

Keynote speech: Manuel Navarrete, Director of the Intelligence Centre for Counterterrorism and Organized Crime, CITCO. Secretariat of State for Security, Ministry of Interior (Government of Spain)

10:30h – 11:45h – Panel I. Evolving Actors and Scenarios Worldwide

  • Katherine Zimmerman, Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, AEI | @KatieZimmerman
  • Hugo Micheron, Associated Professor Sciences Po, France| @MicheronH
  • Beatriz Mesa, Associated Professor and Researcher, International University of Rabat, Morocco| @Bmesacope

Moderator: Fernando Reinares, Distinguished Research Associate, Real Instituto Elcano| @F_Reinares

11:45h – 12:15h – Coffee break

12:15 – 13:30 h – Panel II. Threats Trends Across Western Societies

  • Francesco Marone, Associate Research Fellow, ISPI, Italia | @f_marone
  • Manuel R. Torres, Professor of Political Science and Administration, Universidad Pablo Olavide, España | @mrtorsor
  • Joana de Deus Pereira, Senior Research Fellow, RUSI-Europa, Belgium | @JoanaDeusPereir

Moderator: Carola García-Calvo, Senior Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute | @carolagc13

13:30 – 14:00 h Closing session

Conclusions (wrap up): Álvaro Vicente, Analyst, Real Instituto Elcano | @alvaro_vicentep
Closing remarks: Hilary Batjer Johnson, Deputy Coordinator for Homeland Security, Screening, and Designations Bureau of Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State |@StateDept
Chair: Charles Powell, Director, Elcano Royal Institute | @CharlesTPowell

– The event will be held in English and Spanish with simultaneous translation.

– If you are planning to attend in-person, please send RSVP to

– The event will also be live streamed on the Elcano Royal Institute’s YouTube channel. On-line attendance does not require registration. – Questions from on-line audience can be sent by email to or via Twitter using the event hashtag #FETG10.

Image: Destruction of the old city of Sinjar in northern Iraq during the war against Islamic State in 2019. Photo: Levi Meir Clancy (@levimeirclancy).