Congresses & Conferences
DUTCH CONFERENCE WITH INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS
Preventie van radicalisering stelt overheden en professionals nog steeds voor vele vragen. Wat zijn effectieve interventies, wie hebben hier een taak in te vervullen, hoe moet er samengewerkt worden en wat is een goede balans tussen preventie en repressie?
Arq Psychotrauma Expert Groep organiseert de TERRA conferentie âPrevention, De-radicalisation and Citizenshipâ. Internationale experts zoals professor Fathali Moghaddam, Dr. Lorenzo Vidino, Maajid Nawaz, Rt Hon Hazel Blears en Max Boon, zullen inzichten delen.
Tijdens het middagprogramma zijn er praktische workshops rond de TERRA Toolkit en de best practices. De toolkit wordt aan de deelnemers beschikbaar gesteld in de Nederlandse vertaling.
Burgemeesters kunnen in een ronde tafel bijeenkomst exclusief spreken met de internationale experts.
Voor meer informatie kunt u het programma bekijken.
U kunt zich aanmelden via www.cogis.nl/terraconferentie
Voor aanmeldingen kunt u een mail sturen aan firstname.lastname@example.org onder vermelding TERRA conferentie.
21st January 2015, London
Parliamentary Roundtable Countering Extremism and Radicalisation
The Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP opened the Roundtable welcoming the participants, representatives from government and opposition, senior MPâs, legal experts, academics, faith and community leaders and observers from international organisations. She referred to the terror attacks in Paris the week before, the 7/7 attacks in London and other attacks throughout Europe. In the context of these violent acts the Roundtable was aimed at sharing thoughts and views on this important issue and to see if more could be done countering these extremist acts.
James Brokenshire, the Ministry of State for Security, called upon to stand up for freedom and the right to live free from discrimination, and that we should do everything possible to prevent vulnerable people to radicalise. Prevention programs should therefore also being expanded to non-violent extremism. There are already many successful prevention programs in Britain like INSPIRE, FAST, STRIVE, CHANNEL and the Prevent strategy and many more.Finding the balance between free debate and challenging extremism is an important guiding principle in dealing with the issue of radical and extremist ideologies.
Maajid Nawaz stressed that in the last years new voices are speaking up against extremism, voices from within the muslim community and women who speak up and express their concerns. This is an important development. About the role muslims play in this matter it is not so much about responsibillity, but more about loyalty. Muslims appreciate when non-muslims speak up against non-muslims bigotry. People should be standing side-by-side in this. The model of representation should be a model of political representatives, more than the representation by community leaders. The political representatives are the legal representatives for citizens. And there is a need to extend the counter-extremist strategy to non-violent extremism. In this prevent strategy coordination across departments is necessary, since several departments are involved in counter-extremist policy.
Professor Peter Neumann of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation presented very interesting research material on the process of radicalisation and the different profiles of people traveling to Syria and joining the jihad. Two important aspects can be identified in the process of radicalisation; the 2nd and 3rd generation grievances and discrimination may open people for ideologies, it is not the cause of radicalisation, and the social aspect is an important aspect as well. People become part of a group out of a sense to belong.
His research group created a data base of 700 social media profiles to research the motivations of the people traveling to Syria. 3 or 4 narratives seem to dominate. There is the group who will join the fightinig in Syria out of a sense of adventure, looking for heroism and proving their masculinity. There is the group who really are motivated by the existential threat they perceive for the Soeni people, and that nobody came to help them. These are the people of the first wave traveling to Syria, they donât see themselves as terrorists. And there is the group who is more ideological inspired and suppporting the kalifaat. Very interesting material which gives a better insight in the motivations and that they differ from each other.
Participants took actively part in the discussion and presented their experiences and expertise. A full report with recommendations will be prepared and will be put on the website as soon as it is published.
3rd March 2015, Brussels
EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY EU WORKING CONFERENCE
One of the pillars of TERRA II will be to further develop the policy advice for local and national governments provided by TERRA I as part of the TERRA Toolkit www.terra-net.eu
A kick-off event in Brussels 3rd March will include representatives from all of the European countries and a needs assessment to map the most pressing issues of policy where advice and support is needed. Speakers will be a.o. professor Fathali Moghaddam of Georgetown University Washington, director of the Conflict Resolution Program and Maajid Nawaz, author of âRadicalâ and co-founder of the Quilliam Foundation London, the first counter-extremist think tank.
We would like to invite you to the TERRA Terrorism and Radicalisation, evidence-based policy EU working conference, which is taking place on Tuesday March 3rd, at the Husa President Park Hotel in Brussels.
Âˇ contribute to the provision of evidence-based policy advice to the EU Commission and EU member states
Âˇ improve the structure and strategy of counter-extremism
Âˇ facilitate the implementation of projects and initiatives
We invite you, as a counter-extremism practitioner, to attend this conference as we would like to hear about the approach of your organisation and your impressions of existing cross-border collaborative work. You are vital to helping us make an accurate assessment of each countryâs needs as well as those of the European Union as a whole.