Tag: CVE

The Future of Countering Violent Extremism

The concept of “countering violent extremism” (CVE) – which involves the use of non-kinetic tools to undermine recruitment and mobilization to terrorism and focusing attention on the drivers and not just the manifestations of the violence – was not new when then President Obama convened the White House CVE Summit five years ago. However, the unprecedented high-level gathering of governments, civil society, and the private sector elevated the issue as a priority in many capitals around the globe.

SCN features in Mayor of London’s CVE Programme Report

In December 2017, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and SCN member, introduced a City Hall-wide Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Programme to run throughout 2018. The programme appointed six specialist advisers to provide independent expertise and feedback, among which was the Institute for Strategic Dialogue’s own CEO Sasha Havlicek. Having undergone a stringent, ground-up review…
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Incorporating new approaches Our approach to evaluating P/CVE interventions

Patricia Crosby, SCN Regional Manager, and Tim Hulse, M&E Coordinator, reflect on a recent workshop held by Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health exploring how to apply public health methodology to the evaluation of CVE programmes and makes the case for improving our focus on this important, but often under-looked, aspect of successful local…
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SCN Cities take part in U.S. Department of State’s City Pair Initiative

A U.S. delegation from Anaheim and San Diego visited the site of a 2004 terrorist attack in Cologne, which targeted the city’s Turkish community.  (State Department photo) SCN Members from Southern California pair with counterparts from North Rhine-Westphalia to explore ways to counter terrorist radicalization and recruitment through the U.S. Department of State’s City Pair…
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Lebanese SCN delegation on a study trip to the UK

Above: the Lebanese focal points with Prevent officers in Leicester On 24 and 25 June, the Strong Cities Network (SCN) organised a study trip for its municipal focal points from Lebanon with the support of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Our focal points from the cities of Saida, Tripoli and Majdal Anjar travelled to…
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Article: Why the World’s Mayors Are Stepping Up On Global Issues

Above: Mayors at the launch of Strong Cities Network with Sasha Havlicek at the United Nations in New York 2015 While nation states have dominated the international stage for centuries, cities are now becoming increasingly important entities. For the first time in history, more people are living in cities today than in rural areas with…
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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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SCN presents at MERIT / SHIFT Practitioner Training Workshop in Ottawa, Canada

As part of the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence’s two weeks of activities, the Ottawa MERIT Program and British Columbia’s Shift programme brought together similar programmes from across Canada for a discussion on approaches to vulnerability and protective factors, participant criteria and risk assessment. The SCN facilitated two sessions on best…
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SCN attends OSCE Counter-Terrorism Conference 2019

To lay the groundwork for its programmatic expansion into Central Asia, the SCN attended the 2019 OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Conference hosted by Slovakia in Bratislava, held on 25-26 March. Focusing on region-wide efforts to prevent and counter violent extremism (P/CVE) and radicalisation, the high-level conference gathered state representatives from OSCE member and partner states. Also in…
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Mombasa holds Annual CVE Convention

Last week, Mombasa held its Annual CVE Convention, which focused on the implementation of the county’s CVE Action Plan for 2019 and prominently featured the Strong Cities Network. Present at the event were more than 200 Mombasa CVE stakeholders across a wide spectrum of government, civil society and private sector, all invested in various pillars…
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