On December 7-8, President of Afghanistan Justice Organization, Shafeek Seddiq participated and spoke at the Research Conference 2014 on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) hosted and sponsored by Hedayah , Curtin University , and People Against Violent Extremism in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The aim of the conference was to bring together practitioners and researchers to share evidence-based CVE interventions so that policy makers maybe able to incorporate those experiences in developing effective CVE programs.
While the international community’s efforts to combat terrorism worldwide, but specifically its intervention nearly 13 years ago to liberate Afghanistan used as a haven of terrorism is commendable, and these efforts to a large extent have been successful as evident in the progress made in all sectors in Afghanistan. However, Afghanistan still continues to be a base for producing terrorists, and continues to lure young Afghans to become extremists. Most importantly, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s (GIRoA) inability or for that matter the public to CVE further complicates the security in Afghanistan.
The challenges for homegrown violent extremism are daunting for the international community and for Afghanistan as well. This is particularly true in the case of the law enforcement sector in Afghanistan and the prisons and detention centers. Afghanistan has no CVE policy or strategy, nor any comprehensive baseline survey conducted to understand the drivers of violent extremism. Many small projects funded from playing soccer to watching movies, but no concrete program to understand and tackle violent extremism head on.
While no empirical data exist, however, generalization are made about the drivers include: ideological, moral and emotional, corrupt government, and financial. Researchers and practitioners from across the glob spoke and shared their ideas and experience during the conference.
The Research Conference was followed by the “Global CVE Expo 2014” sponsored by Hedayah, the International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism in which more than 300 individuals and companies gathered to exchange ideas about helping to prevent violent extremism.
The program emphasized and acknowledged the need to reach out and listen to the marginalized and those who have unresolved grievances of the society before others may take advantage of various push and pull factors to lure these young individuals to commit violent acts