Alternative and Counter Narratives in the Nagorno Karabakh Conflict

No sooner than I’m back from Yerevan, where I presented my work on alternative and counter narratives in the context of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) in general, than yet another exchange of fire has left innocent civilians dead on the Line of Contact (LoC) separating Karabakh forces, which include conscripts from Armenia, and the Azerbaijani military. As usual, emotions were high on both sides following the violence and also as usual, nationalist and extremist voices made attempted to drown out any voices of reason who instead called for progress in negotiations to end a conflict that has gone on for way too long and claimed thousands of lives after a ceasefire agreement that has been anything but.

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#UnitedCVE: Q & A With Anne Azza Aly and Bennett Clifford

The Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) recently published another of my pieces on radicalisation in Georgia and once again, the research work of Bennett Clifford proved invaluable to support general observations I’ve also made as it pertains to the problem of radicalisation in Georgia. My recent Q & A with Bennett also proved interesting enough to merit posting it in full on this blog. But first up, however, is Anne Azza Aly, a Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) practitioner from Australia who I’ve met before at a Hedayah and Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) event I spoke at in December 2014.

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Towards Effective Policies to Tackle Youth Radicalization in the Pankisi Gorge

Immediately after returning from Istanbul, where I held a workshop for Georgian, Abkhazian, and Ossetian journalists for the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) and Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), I spoke at a closed meeting on youth radicalisation in Georgia's Pankisi Gorge.

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IWPR, EurasiaNet, and BBC Azeri publish my pieces on radicalisation in the South Caucasus

Following on from my work with various international bodies responsible for countering radicalisation and the recruitment of Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF), EurasiaNet and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) have published my pieces calling for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) measures in Georgia while my recent BBC Azeri piece includes Azerbaijan.

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Media Freedom and Responsibilities in the Context of Counter-Terrorism Policies

Following February’s Expert Workshop on Regional Co-operation and Effective Responses to the Phenomenon of Foreign Terrorist Fighters organised by the OSCE Office in Tajikistan I’ve been at a few other related meetings. In June I participated in the OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Expert Conference on Countering the Incitement and Recruitment of Foreign Terrorist Fighters in Vienna, and from 7-8 October spoke on a panel at an expert workshop on Media Freedom and Responsibilities in the Context of Counter-Terrorism Policies organised by the OSCE Transnational Threat Department and OSCE Representative of the Freedom of the Media.

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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.

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Developing an Effective Counter-Narrative Framework for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)

I've just returned from the United Arab Emirates and a closed experts meeting on Developing an Effective Counter-Narrative Framework for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). The event was organised by the International Centre for CounterTerrorism-The Hague (ICCT) and the Hedayah Centre and held at the latter's headquarters in Abu Dhabi.

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