INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TERRORISM AND VIOLENT EXTREMISM

CHANGING DYNAMICS OF TERRORISM AND VIOLENT EXTREMISM IN AFRICA

TOWARDS EFFECTIVE PREVENTION AND COUNTER-TERRORISM STRATEGIES

24-26 April 2018 | Nairobi, Kenya

International Conference on Terrorism and Violent Extremism

Theme: Changing Dynamics of Terrorism and Violent Extremism in Africa: Towards Effective Prevention and Counter Terrorism Strategies

Background

Terrorism and violent extremism have become the defining threats to security of many nations around the world. Even as interstate conflicts have decreased, the increased activities by non-state actors especially terrorist groups impose unacceptable costs to nations and societies. In response, many countries are taking measures to prevent or counter this threat. Some of the measures include increased surveillance of cyber-related activities, stricter border controls, and deployment of troops.

Some countries or a combination thereof have registered some commendable successes, albeit often temporarily. What is true, however, is that incidents of terrorism and the number of terrorist groups have proliferated. Weak and fragile states, the presence of ungoverned spaces, and poor or uncoordinated counter terrorism strategies have exacerbated the problem. Globally, the number of terrorist incidences increased in 2017.

About the International Conference on Terrorism and Violent Extremism

The conference will bring together researchers, security agents, public policy designers, educators, IT experts, technology providers, members of the public, government officials, terrorism and counter-terrorism scholars, representatives of international organizations and countries, HORN Institute partners, and religious scholars to share ideas and develop approaches that reflect the changing dynamics of terror in Africa and the world. The theme of the conference is Changing Dynamics of Terrorism and Violent Extremism in Africa: Towards Effective Prevention and Counter Terrorism Strategies. The conference will be held in Nairobi (Kenya) from 24 -26 April 2018.

The conference will cover the following key areas: prevention; counter-terrorism; counter violent extremism; case studies; best practices in reintegration of returnees; and policy and practice. Specific areas the Conference will cover will include:

  1. Preventing and countering violent extremism
  2. Radicalization and de-radicalization
  3. Globalization of terrorism
  4. Political and religious extremism
  5. Conflict dynamics in the Gulf and the wider Middle East, and the impact of the same on Africa
  6. State responses to terrorism
  7. Media and terrorism
  8. Terrorism financing
  9. Maritime security
  10. Protecting critical infrastructure
  11. Gender and terrorism
  12. Terrorism, trauma, and counselling
  13. Terrorism and human rights
  14. Cyber security
  15. Rehabilitation and re-integration of ex-combatants and returnees
  16. Global trends in terrorism and violent extremism and
  17. Select case studies: Somalia, Nigeria, Mali, Yemen, Syria, Europe, Middle East and South/East Asia.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

International Conference on Terrorism and Violent Extremism

Theme: Changing Dynamics of Terrorism and Violent Extremism in Africa: Towards Effective Prevention and Counter Terrorism Strategies

HORN International Institute for Strategic Studies (hereafter, the HORN Institute) invites researchers and practitioners to submit abstracts for presentation at the international conference on terrorism and violent extremism on the theme, Changing Dynamics of Terrorism and Violent Extremism in Africa: Towards Effective Prevention and Counter Terrorism Strategies that will be held in Nairobi (Kenya), 24 -26 April 2018.

Criteria for submission of abstracts.

The abstracts should cover one of the following topics:

  1. Preventing and countering violent extremism
  2. Radicalization and de-radicalization
  3. Globalization of terrorism
  4. Political and religious extremism
  5. Conflict dynamics in the Gulf and the wider Middle East, and the impact of the same on Africa
  6. State responses to terrorism
  7. Media and terrorism
  8. Terrorism financing
  9. Maritime security
  10. Protecting critical infrastructure
  11. Gender and terrorism
  12. Terrorism, trauma, and counselling
  13. Terrorism and human rights
  14. Cyber security
  15. Rehabilitation and re-integration of ex-combatants and returnees
  16. Global trends in terrorism and violent extremism
  17. Select case studies: Somalia, Nigeria, Mali, Yemen, Syria, and any other.

The abstract should be limited to a maximum of 300 words, and it should contain:

  1. A title, list of authors and institutional affiliation
  2. Rationale to the study
  3. Methodology
  4. The key finding(s) of the study. New data not previously published or presented at a major national or international meeting is highly welcome.
  5. Conclusions of the study. Unsatisfactory conclusions should be presented as yet-to-be discussed results
  • Abstracts should be submitted to ctconference@horninstitute.org
  • The primary language of the conference is English, and your submission should be submitted in English.
  • The abstract should be submitted in Word or PDF format.
  • The abstracts will be reviewed by competent scholars. Abstracts will be judged primarily on quality and relevance, and on adherence to submission criteria. Notification for acceptance or rejection of the abstract will be communicated to the author, via email.
  • You will be expected to submit a completed paper by 12 March 2018, 2359hrs (East African Time). This paper will be peer reviewed, and will be the basis for your presentation at the conference.
  • Contact the conference coordinator at ctconference@horninstitute.org in case you do not receive an acknowledgment email from the conference secretariat after submitting your abstract within two working days.

International Conference on Terrorism and Violent Extremism

GUIDELINES FOR FINAL PAPER SUBMISSION

Once your abstract is accepted, you will be expected to submit the final paper by 30 March 2018 to ctconference@horninstitute.org

The Conference Secretariat expects high quality papers exhibiting originality of thought, authenticity, and analytical rigor of your chosen topic.

The paper should contain:

  1. A title, list of authors, and institutional affiliation
  2. Introduction
  3. Rationale to the study
  4. Methodology
  5. The key finding(s) of the study. New data not previously published or presented at a major national or international meeting is highly welcome. Conclusions of the study. Unsatisfactory conclusions should be presented as yet-to-be discussed results.
  6. The final paper should between 7,000 and 10,000 words, and follow the following format -A4 size, MS-Word, Times New Roman font - with headings in font size 14, and the body text font size 12 - and at 1.5 spacing.
  7. Paper must comply with American Psychological Association (APA 6th Edition) citation style.

    Paper submission

  • All papers shall be published in an edited, peer-reviewed book.
  • Submission of the papers for this conference infers that they are not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • All papers will be subjected to a peer-review process, and are expected to meet the standard criteria of significance and relevance.
  • All papers should be in English, and should be submitted as a MS Word document (in .doc format), not as a PDF. File should include author’s name.
  • Final papers received by the conference secretariat by 30 March 2018.
Conference Dates 24-26 April 2018
Call for abstracts opens 9 January 2018
Deadline for submission of abstracts 5 February 2018
Final papers received by the conference secretariat 30 March 2018