Paul Belien

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Paul Belien

Paul Belien (Paul Beliën) is the founder and editor of The Brussels Journal, a key counterjihad movement blog published by the Society for the Advancement of Freedom in Europe (SAFE), a Swiss non-profit organisation.


Belien worked as a professional journalist in both Belgium and the Netherlands. In 1994 he founded the Brussels-based think tank Centre for the New Europe (CNE). His articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Spectator, The Independent and elsewhere.[1]

He holds a degree in law with specialization in social security law and European law (University of Ghent, Belgium) and a doctorate in international studies (University of Buckingham, UK).[2] In 2010, he was employed as 'personal assistant' by Dutch far-right MP Geert Wilders.[3]

He is also an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute and is married to Alexandra Colen, an MP in the far-right Belgian Vlaams Belang party.[4]

Counterjihad role

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Belien promoted Bat Ye'or's 'Eurabia' thesis by providing leading proponents like Fjordman - one of the inspirations for Norwegian far-right terrorist Anders Behring Breivik - a platform on his Brussels Journal.[5].

Neocon Nexus

In December 2006, the Middle East Forum appointed Belien as director of Islamist Watch.[1]

Counterjihad 2007

Belien spoke at the CounterJihad Brussels 2007 conference, alongside prominent anti-Muslim activits like Bat Ye'or and Robert Spencer and far-right politicians like ultra-nationalist Israeli MK Arieh Eldad, Ted Ekeroth of the Sweden Democrats and Filip Dewinter of Vlaams Belang.

He has also been due to attend the UK and Scandinavia Counterjihad summit that same year but reportedly missed the event due to an airport strike.[6]

International Free Press Society

In 2009 Belien was vice-president of the board of directors of the International Free Press Society (IFPS) alonside Ned May of the Gates of Vienna blog, Christine Brim of the Center for Security Policy and Lars Hedegaard, founder of the original Free Press Society in Denmark.[4]

2009 anti-Islamisation conference

On 23 April 2009, the far-right populist German Pro Köln party stated on its website said that Belien would be attending[7] its 'anti-Islamisation' conference in Cologne on 8-10 May 2009.[8]

Gatestone author and 'government adviser'

A number of Belien's articles have been published by the New York-based Gatestone Institute, which also publishes the work of anti-Islam activists Robert Spencer and Geert Wilders, among other.[9] His profile on the Gatestone website claims that he is 'a scholar on Europe, the European Commission and an adviser to European governments.'[10] These appear to be cross-posts from the Brussels Journal; the last of which was dated 2010.



External Resources


  • A Throne in Brussels: Britain, the Saxe-Coburgs, and the Belgianisation of Europe (Imprint Academic, 2005)
  • Visions of Europe, coauthored with Lady Thatcher, et al. (Duckworth, 1994)
  • Consumer-Driven Health Care, coauthored with Regina Herzlinger, et al. (Jossey-Bass, 2004).


  1. 1.0 1.1 Paul Belien Appointed Director of Islamist Watch, Middle East Forum, 11 December 2006.
  2. Paul Belien Appointed Director of Islamist Watch, Middle East Forum, 11 December 2006.
  3. Christophe Callewaert, Paul Belien will become “Personal Assistant” of Geert Wilders, De Wereld Morgen, 3 September 2010
  4. 4.0 4.1 Daniel Luban and Eli Clifton, POLITICS: Dutch Foe of Islam Ignores US Allies' Far Right Ties, Inter Press Service, 28 February 2009.
  5. list of Fjordman, [ The Eurabia Code part 1, The Eurabia Code part 2, The Eurabia Code part 3, The Eurabia Code part 4, October 2006
  6. Dymphna, The UK and Scandinavia Counterjihad Summit, Gates of Vienna, 14 April 2007.
  7. [ Wilders-Vertraute Pamela Geller auf Pressekonferenz zum Anti-Islamisierungskongreß in Köln! BÜRGERBEWEGUNG PRO KÖLN E.V., 23 April 2009.
  8. Anti-Islamisierungs-Kongress 2009, Pro-NRW, accessed via Web Archive 19 January 2015.
  9. Writings by Paul Belien, Gatestone Institute, accessed 24 February 2015
  10. Paul Belien, Gatestone Institute, accessed 24 February 2015