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CVE Research Conference

CVE Research Conference

An annual event, the CVE Research Conference provides a platform for CVE researchers to share the most current, up-to-date research and analysis of CVE on an international scale, and provide a platform for network members to meet and share good practices on drivers of radicalization and effective solutions.

Fifth Annual International CVE Research Conference 2018

Hedayah, the International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), Swansea University, TRENDS Research & Advisory and M&C Saatchi will hold the International CVE Research Conference 2018 for the fifth consecutive year.

The Conference provides a platform for practitioners who seek up-to-date research and evidence on the evolving aspects of violent extremism in order to develop effective mechanisms and strategies to prevent and counter violent extremism (P/CVE) nationally and internationally. With the ever-changing manifestation of violent extremism in our societies and its adaptation to new technologies and methods of communication, the Conference brings together relevant researchers and practitioners to jointly identify trends and needs for on-the-ground implementation and for further research and collaboration. The Conference will also find ways to turn theoretical P/CVE knowledge and research into coherent and practical implementation systems.

Participants of the Conference will have the opportunity to learn more and provide insights on the following themes in relation to P/CVE, which include: 1) religious-based and far-right narratives and counter-narratives; 2) recruitment, radicalization, media, and technology; 3) gender; 4) reintegration and rehabilitation; 5) education; and 6) human migration.

The following sponsors and partners make this year’s Conference possible: the Government of Spain, the Government of Turkey, the European Union STRIVE Global Program, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, Aktis Strategy, BRICS, Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping, and Peacebuilding (CCCPA), the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence (ICSR), RESOLVE Network, and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).

In its ongoing effort to build an evidence-base for CVE policy and practice, the Conference will produce an edited volume as its annual publication and a Brief of Recommendations for P/CVE Policy, Programming and Future Research.

If you are interested in participating alongside government representatives, research institutions, universities, diplomatic missions, practitioners, UN agencies, research and grant foundations who work in P/CVE, send us an email at research.conference@hedayah.ae.


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, as well as a Brief of Recommendations for P/CVE Policy, Programming and Future Research.


CVE Research Conference 2016

Hedayah and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) co-organized the Annual International Countering Violent Extremism Research Conference 2016 held for the first time in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 6– 8 December 2016. The first two CVE Research Conferences 2014 and 2015 were held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, which produced two edited volume of essays based on the speakers’ research and presentations. To view the edited volume of 2014, click here and for the edited volume of 2015, click here

As the third annual event, the International CVE Research Conference 2016 aimed to enhance a deeper understanding of P/CVE through the regional and thematic sessions with a priority to be given to drivers of radicalization – factors that contribute to – and protect against violent extremism, CVE initiatives, and lessons for policy and practice; provided a platform for CVE researchers and network members of the Annual Research Conference to meet and share the most current, up– to– date research and analysis of CVE on an international scale; identified good practices, insights, and effective local solutions to VE; and look for ways to turn research outcomes into practical policy and programme recommendations for practitioners and policy makers.  

The Conference produced an edited volume of essays from the speakers based on their presentations and research; a brief of all policy, research and programming recommendations coming out of the conference, demarcated by region and theme; and a P/CVE research agenda, 2017–2018 to identify and bridge existing knowledge and research gaps to include methodological issues and potential specific research projects.

Hedayah sought to create a model for the International CVE Research Conference where a number of research institutions co-host, co-sponsor, and co-organize the Conference each year. 

Co-sponsors and Organizers:  The Australian Government, Coventry University, Edith Cowan University Australia (ECU), Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Swansea University, and Wahid Institute.


CVE Research Conference 2015

In February 2015, the White House hosted the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Summit, to better understand the push and pull factors (drivers) that lead to radicalization and recruitment into violent extremism, as well as programmatic and policy responses to counter these drivers. The White House CVE Summit was followed by a number of regional summits hosted in Tirana, Oslo, Sydney, Nairobi, Astana and Algiers as well as a civil society summit in Istanbul. The leaders from these regional summits reconvened in a CVE Leaders’ Summit on the margins of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in September 2015.

A Follow-On Action Agenda was also developed out of the White House CVE Summit, and the first agenda item is “Promoting Local Research and Information-Sharing on the Drivers of Violent Extremism.” On the margins of UNGA in September 2015, stakeholders launched a research network focused on promoting local research on drivers of radicalization and recruitment at an international research conference. This network, “Researching Solutions against Violent Extremism” (RESOLVE) will help to fill a gap in providing an evidence-base for CVE programs and policies. An international Steering Committee led by the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) will work to guide and direct the network to be a valuable tool for the CVE community. Two of the hosts and co-organizers of the International CVE Research Conference were also Steering Committee members (Hedayah and the Institute for Security Studies) for RESOLVE. In this regard, the Conference supported the development of RESOLVE by prioritizing attendance by research institutions focused on researching communities targeted for radicalization and recruitment as well as holding three regional panels to discuss the drivers of radicalization and recruitment in more detail. 

As the first major milestone for the CVE research Action Agenda Item from the Follow-On Action Agenda post-UNGA, Hedayah, Edith Cowan University and New York University Institute Abu Dhabi co-organized the International CVE Research Conference 2015 in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. 

Additional sponsors and partner organizations: European Commission, Rabdan Academy, TRENDS Research & Advisory, Swansea University, CT MORSE, People Against Violent Extremism (PaVE), International Centre for Counter-Terrorism—the Hague (ICCT), the Global Center on Cooperative Security (GCCS), the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)


CVE Research Conference 2014

Hedayah, Curtin University and People against Violent Extremism (PaVE) co-organized the CVE Research Conference 2014 in Abu Dhabi. The intent is for this conference to be held annually, and to provide a platform for CVE researchers to share the most current, up-to-date analysis of CVE on an international scale. This conference opened up opportunities to examine the global CVE effort from a wider strategic level, encourage sharing of new approaches and directions in CVE, and coordinate the global CVE efforts for research.

The CVE Research Conference resulted in an edited volume showcasing the recent research presented by the speakers, click here to view.

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