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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Young Cities in Mombasa, Kenya

The SCN and YouthCAN teams met with the County Government, youth and local CSOs in Mombasa, Kenya last week, in preparation for an upcoming Young Cities workshop. Further expanding upon ISD’s expertise and portfolio in East Africa, Young Cities Mombasa will be held at the end of November. The programme aims at increasing the capacity of youth to…
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SCN Partners with the Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM)

Authors: Jonathan Birdwell and Rebecca Skellett This week, the Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM) met in Bristol for its third Annual Summit. It was abundantly clear that the global yet local challenges which cities around the world face, from the Ebola crisis to urban displacement and terrorism, makes Mayoral leadership more important today than ever. But…
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Washwasha release fourth episode of online show

On 15 October, Washwasha – an online show started by youth who attended SCN and YouthCAN’s Young Cities workshop in Lebanon last May – released the fourth episode of their online show with the young poet Talal Dadou. Talal arrived to Lebanon from Syria in 2014 and settled in the Ein El Helweh camp. He…
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Students from Viborg produce a comic book to support and promote the SCN’s work in Jordan and Lebanon

Following the renowned Viborg Animation Festival last week, we would like to highlight the work of our partner and SCN member Viborg and The Animation Workshop, part of VIA University College, Denmark, held in high esteem for its contribution to the international film industry. Students from The Animation Workshop, Mads Ellegaard Skovbakke and Ingvild Marie…
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