As the GCSP launches new programming for 2017, projects within the Emerging Security Challenges Programme (ESCP) are already underway.
The programme, headed by Dr Gustav Lindstrom, covers such diverse topics as CyberSecurity, Arms Proliferation, Human Security and Terrorism and Organized Crime. This year the programme sets sights on two areas of focus: the Prevention of Violent Extremism and Strategic Foresight.
In February 2017 the ESCP launches a new online Platform for the Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE). Jointly in development with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, this interactive tool is designed to engage online collaboration between practitioners - international organizations, local NGOs, civil society, governments, private sector, media, and academic researchers – actively working on the prevention of violent extremism in Africa and the Middle East. Additionally, the GCSP is also part of the Global Solutions Exchange (GSX), a network and dialogue mechanism that incorporates a holistic societal approach to dealing with PVE. GSX partners include: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNDP Oslo Governance Center, UN Women, Office of The United Nations High Commissioner For Human Rights (OHCHR), Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF), International Organization of Migration (IOM), Hedayah, RESOLVE Network, Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF), Mercy Corps, International Alert, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and the Kofi Annan Foundation.
Finally, in recognising the growing need to better understand trends and shifts in turbulent times, the ESCP is enhancing its offerings in the area of strategic foresight. This includes new standalone courses, such as the recent course on “Strategic Foresight: International Governance of Existential Risks” held in January, which targeted opportunities for dialogue.