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GCSP Deputy Director and Academic Dean at launch of C/PVE Group of Friends

The Geneva Centre for Security Policy will advise and support the work of the Group of Friends on Countering and Preventing Violent Extremism (GoF on C/PVE), a new initiative co-chaired by the Kingdom of Morocco and the United States of America which was launched today at the Hotel Intercontinental in Geneva.

At the invitation of the Co-Chairs, the GCSP will be happy to provide assistance and advice to the Group of Friends helping take forward this important and timely initiative.

GCSP Deputy-Director and Academic Dean Professor Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou delivered remarks at the launch alongside Moroccan Ambassador Mohamed Aujjar and US Ambassador Keith Harper, in which he welcomed the initiative and stressed the importance of such effective international cooperation.

The GoF will serve as an important platform for promoting the C/PVE agenda in Geneva. There is a growing global consensus that Countering and Preventing Violent Extremism requires not only security-based solutions but also systematic steps to address the underlying conditions that drive individuals to radicalise and join violent groups in order to stem the tide of the growing terrorist and right-wing groups worldwide.

Recognising this need, the GCSP has been proactive and strategic in its C/PVE focus in both capacity-building, training and dialogue. The Centre runs the only international course on "Designing a National Strategy on C/PVE" which is designed for international functionaries and policymakers to develop contextual knowledge and design comprehensive and inclusive strategies on C/PVE for devising both national, regional, and institutional frameworks.

In December 2015, in co-operation with the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Morocco and the Permanent Mission of the United States of America, the GCSP hosted a first International Policy Dialogue on C/PVE followed by a similar second event in April ahead of the UN-Switzerland Conference on PVE. In December 2016, the GCSP will co-host an important high-level PVE event at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in New York City. Several more such events and comprehensive courses on PVE are being planned for 2017.

The GCSP is looking forward to hosting and supporting the newly-formed C/PVE Group of Friends.