International Conference on Terrorism and Violent Extremism

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

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.



Dr. Anne Speckhard makes her contribution during one of the plenary sessions

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.

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