Launch of Lebanon ‘Stray Bullets’ campaign

In May 2018, youth from the city of Tripoli, members from the Local Prevention Network (LPN) in Tripoli, and mediators from the municipality came together to design and launch campaigns tackling key issues in their communities. Amongst the issues which struck a chord with the group is that of gun violence and prevalence of celebratory…
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Launch of SCN website in French and Arabic

In recognition of the SCN’s role as a global network, we are continually working to improve our content and experience for our international members. To this end, we are delighted to announce the launch of our SCN French and Arabic websites! We hope this will help to strengthen the SCN’s mission to build social cohesion…
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Strong Cities Network Launches New Education Online Module

The Strong Cities Network has launched its latest training module, focusing on Education. The module aims to inform about the importance of education in preventing and protecting against violent extremism. It is intended as a general introduction, to help plan education programmes while strengthening existing ones, and highlights the roles of critical thinking, civic education,…
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Peshawar delegates travel to Birmingham for SCN City Exchange

The Strong Cities Network (SCN) held its third bilateral city exchange on 30 October – 1 November 2018 between the cities of Peshawar, Pakistan, and Birmingham, United Kingdom. Two District Council members from Peshawar, Safdar Khan Baghi and Mubashir Manzoor, travelled to Birmingham and Luton to attend this exchange hosted by Waqar Ahmed, Prevent Lead…
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SCN Building Stronger Cities Conference in Birmingham

Earlier this month, Strong Cities Network partnered with Birmingham City Council to organise a two-day conference facilitating national and international knowledge-sharing on building strong cities with a specific focus on community cohesion, preventing and countering violent crime, and radicalisation. The challenges faced by local policymakers in preventing and countering violent extremism, whilst also seeking to…
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Article: Nationalism and polarisation in Macedonia’s referendum

Authors: Daniel Hooton and Marta Lopes With little over a third of eligible voters taking part a fortnight ago in Macedonia’s controversial referendum on changing its name, the country’s future hangs in the balance. In an attempt to bury a three-decade-long dispute with Greece over the country’s name, the referendum has thrown open as many issues…
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Update for our Western Balkans members

After East and West Africa, our second regional web page is now live, this time presenting our work in the Western Balkans! Click here to find out more about our engagement to date in the region, our partners, as well as to access our reports. During the city consultations held in Kosovo and Macedonia in…
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CVE Spotlight: COMPACT

COMPACT featured at the SCN Showcase at the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) in September, Too often, the drive of countering violent extremism (CVE) has been perceived as hard-power counter-terrorism (CT). In doing so, it often risks alienating and isolating the very communities it seeks to protect, thereby threatening to undermine its goal. When viewed through…
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Community Prevention Network of Majdal Anjar organises a Strong Cities PVE camp

Over thirty young people from Majdal Anjar took part in a three-day Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) camp and a one-day Strong Cities training on conflict transformation organised by the Community Prevention Network of Majdal Anjar, in collaboration with the local civil society organization “Youth Initiatives”. Among the priorities set by the municipal-led Community Prevention…
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Connecting the Dots: Strengthening National-Local Collaboration in Addressing Violent Extremism

Authors: Rebecca Skellett and Eric Rosand In 2014, scores of countries saw their citizens traveling to conflict zones in Iraq and Syria to join the Islamic State and other radical groups. In the years since, preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) has featured prominently on the global policy agenda. The recent opening of the UN…
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