Institute of Intergovernmental Relations

Institute of INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS
Institute of INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS

 

Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism

Assessing Canada’s Domestic and International Strategies

19 January 2017

Lakeview Room, Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel, Kingston, ON

The IIGR has co-sponsored this conference.

The 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.

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