IGAD region to explore new approaches against terrorism

A transnational security threat of terrorism has re-emerged in the IGAD region with a vengeance, requiring a bold new regional approach to counteracting it. Currently, the region also faces serious and complex transnational security threats including financing terrorism, violent extremism, cyber-crime, trafficking in humans and drugs (...)  Learn more...

Source: PoliticalAnalysis

How to counter far-right extremism? Germany shows the way

Dozens of heads of state, policymakers and leaders of technology companies gathered in Paris this week to discuss social media’s impact on global terrorist violence. Their goal – to eliminate terrorist and violent content online – is a laudable, necessary step toward combating extremism. But a critical group was missing from the meeting: educators. Learn more...

Source: The Guardian

New Zealand Seeks Global Support for Tougher Measures on Online Violence

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand will attempt this week to use the terrorist attack that killed 51 Muslim worshipers in Christchurch mosques in March to demand that the biggest internet platforms do more to stamp out violent and extremist content. Learn more ...

Organised crime meets terrorism in Tunisia

Over the past several years, links have been reported between terrorism and organised crime. The European jihadists responsible for the terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015 and Brussels in 2016 were involved in various criminal activities before being radicalised. Bratislava-based think tank GLOBESEC found links to many types of crime, from theft all the way to murder – and particularly illicit trade. Similarly, Jihadi terrorists who left their home countries to join Islamic State in Syria were found to have close ties with gangs and networks involved in robberies or drug trafficking. Learn more....

Source: ISS

Merkel kicks off West Africa tour pledging support in fight against terrorism

German Chancellor Angela Merkel started her tour of West Africa on Wednesday, a trip that will see her visit Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger for key talks over the next three days. Merkel pledged millions in financial support for the restive Sahel region on Wednesday evening, shortly after meeting with Burkina Faso's President Roch Marc Christian Kabore in the capital, Ouagadougou. Read more...

Source: Deutsch Welle

The Ogossagou massacre is the latest sign that violence in Mali is spiraling out of control

In shaky cell phone video seen by CNN, a witness stepped gingerly over ruined homes and around still-burning vehicles in Ogossagou, central Mali. Towards the end of the clip, a small body laid lifeless in the dirt.

All told, 134 people were killed in Saturday's brutal assault targeting the Fulani ethnic minority, which has been accused of having ties to jihadist organizations in the area. Many of the victims, according to the United Nations, were women and children.

The UN said armed men, reportedly dressed as hunters, came before dawn and attacked the villagers with guns and machetes. Learn more...


Source : CNN


Do counter-narratives actually reduce violent extremism?

Particularly since the rise of the so-called Islamic State in 2013, one of the most widely held theories in international political and policymaker circles has been that a “twisted” or “radical” violent ideology, informed by a perverse interpretation of Islam, lies at the root of the rise in recruitment and radicalization to extremist groups. The logic that follows is: If you eradicate or defeat this ideology, there will be a corresponding drop in the violent extremist threat. Learn more....

Source: Brookings


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