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GCSP Co-Organize the “Tackling Insurgent Ideologies” Conference in India

The Observer Research Foundation, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), the Embassy of Switzerland in New Delhi and the British Commonwealth Office collaborated in designing and organising a Conference on “Tackling Insurgent Ideologies.” 

The conference focused on exploring and learning from existing global deradicalisation policies aimed at Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) and Countering Violent Extremism (CVE).

The “Tackling Insurgent Ideologies” conference was held at the Oberoi, New Delhi from 11th-13th June. It was a wonderful opportunity to promote the important work that Switzerland is doing in the domain of Preventing Violent Extremism and to showcase 70 years of Swiss-Indian Friendship.

Ambassador Christian Dussey, Director of the GCSP, opened the conference with over hundred guests and 60 speakers in the audience. He stated that narratives and counter-narratives are very important, and that the GCSP is focusing its PVE work in multiple domains including: dialogue events, training, and research.

Dr. Christina Schori Liang, Leader of the Terrorism and Organised Crime cluster contributed to a panel on ‘Mobilising Communities against extremism,’ examining the pivotal role played by communities and civil society in building resilient communities for today and in the future.

The Conference brought together government Ministers, policymakers, academics and PVE stakeholders. The conference explored the most important aspects of PVE work especially focusing its lenses on gender, community engagement, media and technology. The conference also featured many experts who focused on extremism in South Asia. The conference included expert contributions from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, and Philippines. The conference also benefitted from lessons learned and new insights delivered by multiple Europeans including -- Belgium, Switzerland and the UK. Experts from the UAE and the US were also present.

The Conference ended on a high note by focusing on youth – a number of teams from colleges around India were awarded for their work on counter-speech on social media.  The Voice Positive Challenge is a new innovative idea to engage youth in PVE – who are among the best drivers for change.

Overall the conference helped to foster greater momentum in the PVE domain and it helped to build upon and develop more strategies in preventing violent extremism in order to build more resilient and peaceful societies for the future.