Countering Violent Extremism: The Hedayah #CVE2014 Communications Expo

When I received an email from the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC) in January 2013 asking if I’d present my work in the conflict zones of the South Caucasus at an intergovernmental seminar in Abu Dhabi, I thought it was spam. The meeting was to be organised by the CSCC, Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), and the Hedayah Centre. But it didn’t turn out to be a scam, and in the subsequent telephone conversation with CSCC that followed it became apparent that not only had they been following my work, but they also saw its relevance in Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) online.