Violent extremism is an affront to core human values and threatens all societies. There are no accused or judges in this debate.
Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan, Interior Minister of Pakistan,
Combating Violent Extremism Summit, USA, February 20, 2015
“To redress the gap between the perceived vs real origins of violent extremism, deliberate response strategies and to formulate a counter policy at the National, Regional and Global levels”
Given the changing dynamics of today’s world, violent extremism has become a monumental challenge. The ideology behind violent extremism cannot be defeated in a battlefield; only a well-informed counter-ideology aimed at identifying and eradicating the problem from within communities can help cope with this menace.
The world has perseveringly been tackling the peril of violent extremism in various forms and shapes; however, the phenomenon continues to threaten international peace and security. In this globalized world, extremist ideologies have permeated across borders, and given the increasing social inequality, injustice and economic disparity, is leading to the marginalisation of moderate entities in societies.
Furthermore, the threat spectrum of violent extremism is intensified by the fact that it is not linked to a specific religion, civilization, nation or ideology. From one corner of the world to another, violent extremism equally affects all, irrespective of creed, culture and cast. To deal with this menace, effective counter ideology or campaign needs to be implemented.
Today, the global war against terrorism has shifted, at least in narrative, from being formerly known as the “Global War on Terror” (GWOT) to “Countering Violent Extremism” (CVE). This shift has occurred in light of the expansion of the reach of extremism, which is no longer an issue for a single state but has permeated across borders and now plagues the greater part of the globe. Because of this, states today have acknowledged the need to develop an effective counter strategy.
Pakistan has been at the receiving end of violent extremism and terrorism for over a decade. More than 80,000 Pakistanis have lost their lives. Economic loses also have been enormous, tallying up to more than $100 billion.
In Pakistan, extremist networks have thrived with the use of narratives like ‘the West is against Pakistan’, using examples of drone strikes and its border violations to incite fear and complicity. Such misleading narratives and the resultant fears need to be addresses to stop any further propaganda and recruitment for extremist camps.
The Centre has taken the initiative to formulate a proposed policy paper with input from our international partners and cross-spectrum speakers.
In this context, the Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies (CPGS) proposes a Two-Day International Seminar on “Countering Violent Extremism: Global Action Plan”.
80,000 Pakistanis killed in US ‘War on Terror’: report, Express Tribune, March 29, 2015. http://tribune.com.pk/story/860790/80000-pakistanis-killed-in-us-war-on-terror-report/
The Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies (CPGS) launched its mega project SALAM: Innovating Means to Resolve Extremism in Pakistan in August 2013. The Project was aimed at identifying means to eradicate the menace of extremism from Pakistan.
Under this project, the Centre has launched a sub-project, “Countering Violent Extremism: Global Action Plan”.
Violent extremism has become a monumental challenge in today’s time and age. The ideology behind violent extremism cannot be defeated in a battlefield; only a well-informed counter-ideology aimed at identifying and eradicating the problem from within communities can help cope with this menace as the threat spectrum of violent extremism is intensified by the fact that it is not linked to a specific religion, civilization, nation or ideology. From one corner of the world to another, violent extremism equally affects all, irrespective of creed, culture and cast. To deal with this menace states today have acknowledged the need to develop an effective strategy to counter violent extremism.
Keeping in view the above, CPGS is envisioning to broaden the scope of the debate on eliminating extremism from the national to international platforms.
The Centre is now inviting expression of interest from research scholars on:
Topic: “Countering Violent Extremism: Global Action Plan”
Should the CPGS editorial board approve the abstract, you will be contacted within 10 working days and requested to submit the complete work.
A token honorarium will also be paid to all approved authors.
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