Violent extremism, in its many forms and motives, continues to threaten the international community, fundamental human rights and security. The threat of violent extremism spans acrss regions, national borders, cultures, religions, and ideologies, and is constantly evolving based on the local context. As such, government and security actors are seeking better strategies, policies and programs to address the most pressing threats as well as their root causes, notably from the perspective of preventing radicalization before it occurs.
In response to the above challenges, Hedayah, the Center for Middle Eastern and Strategic Studies (ORSAM) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) hosted the annual “International Countering Violent Extremism Research Conference 2017” in Antalya Turkey.
AJO partnered as Content Partner as well as contributed as panel member of the Regional session where in addition to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladish were also contributers. The Regional Session was to explore the drivers of radicalization and sources of resilience as well as successful P/CVE programs and policies in each of the region.
AJO’s research paper was on Preventing Radicalization and Violent Extremism in Afghanistan. This research paper explained the views of Taliban inmates in Pul-e Charkhi prison on the drivers of radicalization to violent extremism, and assessed the impact of the deradicalization training on recidivism as well as outlined policy recommendations for future support in Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) in Afghanistan.
It was unfortunate that AJO was not able to obtain visa and physically participate in the event, although the research paper was delivered to the organizers and it will be published in the conference report in future.