Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy

Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism

Assessing Canada’s Domestic and International Strategies

19 January 2017

Lakeview Room, Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel, Kingston, ON

Draft Agenda for Workshop | August 2016


The evolving threat of global terrorism has given rise to complex challenges with both domestic and international dimensions. Trends such as the foreign fighter phenomenon, the rampant spread of extremist ideologies online and within communities, and a dramatic increase in terrorist incidents worldwide, have necessitated a more holistic approach to counter violent extremism and terrorism. The field of countering violent extremism (CVE) and the application of preventative, soft power strategies that address the drivers of radicalization have come to the forefront of efforts to combat these threats.

While existing scholarship features extensive research on the potential of CVE strategies, formal program evaluation methodologies remain lacking, complicating the policy making process in this area and undermining the effectiveness of subsequent initiatives. During the workshop experts from various sectors, including academia, government, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s, think tanks), will critically assess the state of CVE and CT strategies, and will help develop success metrics that can be used by current and future stakeholders of CVE and CT initiatives.

The purpose of this workshop was two-fold. First, stakeholders across Canada and the United States were brought together, as this workshop sought to bridge the gap between government and non-governmental actors. As a result of four panel discussions, a special edition volume will be submitted to the Journal of Military, Veteran, and Family Health (JMVFH) by CIMVHR. Second, the workshop connected a number of transitioning or recently transitioned female CAF personnel to mentors stemming from business, academic, service, and military backgrounds who have successfully transitioned into civilian life. As one of the first workshops of its kind to take place in Canada, this opportunity was a valuable asset to service providers, government officials, military personnel, academic researchers, and most importantly, female veterans in transition. The results of the mentorship pilot program will be consolidated in the form of a toolkit which will be developed to aid in transition initiatives. Additionally, an outcome report for the mentorship pilot outlining successes and future steps will be provided to aid in the ongoing development of this useful service.

This workshop was co-sponsored by:

 

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