The gravity of the current threat to our collective peace and security cannot be overemphasized. While this may be common knowledge, the dynamism of terrorism and terrorist groups, their ability to evolve and adapt due to foreign policy adjustments, technological advances, globalization, migration, and internal political divisions within affected countries have made this threat deadlier, with catastrophic consequences.
The HORN Institute organized a conference, which was held on 24-26 April 2018, at the Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club in Nairobi (Kenya). The theme of the conference was The Changing Dynamics of Terrorism and Violent Extremism in Africa: Towards Effective Prevention and Counter-Terrorism Strategies. The conference brought together researchers, practitioners, public policy makers, scholars, government officials, and terrorism and counter-terrorism officials from over 25 countries to exchange information, ideas, and experiences in combating the scourge of terror.
Specific areas that the conference covered include preventing and countering violent extremism; radicalization and de-radicalization; globalization of terrorism; political and religious extremism; conflict dynamics in the Gulf and the wider Middle East, and the impact of the same on Africa; state responses to terrorism; media and terrorism; terrorism financing; maritime security; protecting critical infrastructure; gender and terrorism; terrorism, trauma, and counselling; terrorism and human rights; cyber security; rehabilitation and re-integration of ex-combatants and returnees; global trends in terrorism and violent extremism; and select case studies: Somalia, Nigeria, Mali, Yemen, Syria, Europe, and Middle East.
The conference recognized the need to define the concept of terrorism properly - conceptually and operationally – as it will help get the policies right. The conversation on terrorism should also be expanded to cover a wider range of issues including military, intelligence, violent extremism, ethnic identity and their linkages to extremism among others. The use of religious narratives by extremists was also widely cited, and thus the need for a religious response as well, in addition to economic, cultural, and political counter-terrorism approaches.
The Institute will publish two book volumes that will contain papers presented at the conference. The volumes will deepen the critical knowledge on terrorism and violent extremism as well as promote enlightened discussion on these areas for effective policy making.
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.
The abstracts should cover one of the following topics:
The abstract should be limited to a maximum of 300 words, and it should contain:
Once your abstract is accepted, you will be expected to submit the final paper by 30 March 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Conference Secretariat expects high quality papers exhibiting originality of thought, authenticity, and analytical rigor of your chosen topic.
The paper should contain:
Email to: email@example.com
|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|