Category: Media

Articles and commentary about the Strong Cities Network in media sources

Living Together: How Can Cities Navigate Inclusion and Resilience in a Globalised World?

Deputy Head of Strong Cities Network, Daniel Hooton (centre), speaking at the second global summit of the International Observatory of Mayors on Living Together. Credit: Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf/Marc-André Hergenröder  ‘Inclusion’ and ‘resilience’ occupy an uneasy position in the rhetoric of today’s mayors and city leaders. There is a tacit consensus that both are integral principles for…
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Practice Spotlight: How to stop the threat of Tripoli’s Stray Bullets

Above: the media campaign ‘Stray Bullets’ designed by Tripoli youth through SCN’s Young Cities programme is discussed on Lebanese national television Around the world, celebratory gunfire is a serious threat to life, with some bullets potentially reaching terminal velocity of 300 feet (91m) per second as they fall. Efforts by law enforcement to ban gunfire…
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Repatriation of Foreign Terrorist Fighters: Cases for the West

Captured ISIS fighter in Salahadin Governorate, Iraq, 2015 Author: Simeon Dukic Manager, SCN Author: Marta Lopes Coordinator, SCN The question of what to do with returning foreign fighters continues to be controversial. Writing for the European Eye on Radicalization (EER), Marta Lopes and Simeon Dukic put forward the case for repatriation to the West. Read the…
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Chattanooga Council Against Hate Findings

Mayor Andy Berke of Chattanooga, TN, speaking at State of the City 2018 Christchurch, New Zealand during Friday prayers. Sri Lanka during Easter services. Poway, California at the conclusion of Passover. The recent global surge of hate and extremism, resulting in the killing of scores of religious worshippers during dates of congregation, has had an…
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Book Launch – How We Win

We are excited to celebrate the recent launch of ISD’s Head of Strategy, Farah Pandith’s new book, ‘How We Win: How Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business Leaders, and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat’. As the former first-ever Special Representative to Muslim Communities under Secretaries Clinton and Kerry at the U.S. Department…
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Article: Prevention of violent extremism – a Lebanese model

Authors: Rubina Abu Zeinab, National Coordinator for Preventing Violent Extremism; Merete Juhl, H.E. Ambassador of Denmark to Lebanon; Khadije Nasser, Senior Regional Manager, SCN. Last week Lebanon conducted its third iteration of the national consultative workshop on Preventing Violent Extremism with special focus on urban/rural development and engaging local communities. Representatives of governmental entities, municipalities,…
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Article: Activists in Lebanon are taking on the country’s stray bullet problem

Authors: Nourhan Nassar and Yomn al-Kaisi Reem Shaker was only 18 years old when a stray bullet struck her head on the balcony of her family home in the Lebanese city of Miniyeh. The shot which killed her was fired not in retribution, but in jubilation by a group celebrating the return of their loved ones from…
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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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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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Why Liveability Indexes Need a Rethink

Authors: Jonathan Birdwell, Joe Downy, Strong Cities Network With the global rise of xenophobia and extremism, it is vital that liveability indexes consider city-level community polarisation – our “ability to live together.” Last month, The Economist published its latest Global Liveability Index (GLI). After a reign at the top of the list for seven years, Melbourne was displaced by Vienna…
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