International CVE Research Conference 2017

On 30 October 2017, the Fourth Annual International Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Research Conference 2017, held by Hedayah, the International Center of Excellence for CVE, the Center for Middle Eastern and Strategic Studies and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) began with opening remarks by the Australian Embassy and Turkey’s First Secretary, Tamsin Sanderson. The Conference, was sponsored, in part by the Republic of Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Conference provided a platform for preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) researchers and practitioners to share their most up-to-date research and good practices within the broader P/CVE community.

The three-day conference addressed one of the core P/CVE challenges to provide sufficient research and an evidence-base to determine effective practices in reducing the impact of drivers of radicalization, counteracting recruitment methods and rehabilitating and/or reintegrating former foreign terrorist fighters. It also provided a space that allowed participants to jointly identify trends and needs, in addition to informing each other’s efforts on emerging areas of work within the P/CVE domain.

In efforts to enhance international collaboration and burden-sharing on P/CVE efforts, Hedayah created a model where a number of institutions co-sponsored and co-organized the Conference. This year’s conference saw a number of sponsorship and partnerships including the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), M&C Saatchi, Mercy Corps, Swansea University and the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. Content partners also included Adam Smith International, the Afghanistan Justice Organization, Aktis Strategy, the Asia Foundation, Creative Associates International, Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI), European Union—Global STRIVE Program (Hedayah), the Global Center on Cooperative Security, the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism—the Hague (ICCT), Pakistan Peace Collective, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Wasafiri Consulting, and UN Women.

The Conference will also produce an edited volume as its annual publication to contribute in building an evidence base for CVE policy and practice. 



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