Conference Day 1
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM COFFEE & REGISTRATION
9:00 AM - 9:10 AM CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS
9:10 AM - 9:40 AM UNDERSTANDING HOW THE PREVENT STRATEGY HAS HAD TO EVOLVE TO THE EMERGING THREATS POSED IN 2017William Baldet, Prevent Strategy Coordinator, Leicester, St. Philip's Centre
9:40 AM - 10:20 AM PANEL DISCUSSION: COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM WHILE PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS – REFLECTIONS ON THE UK GOVERNMENT’S PREVENT STRATEGYWilliam Baldet, Prevent Strategy Coordinator, Leicester, St. Philip's Centre Simon Smith, Head of Delivery - Prevent Strategy | National CT Policing, Metropolitan Police Manwar Ali, Chief Executive, JIMAS
- How has public perception of the Prevent Strategy changed over the past 5 years?
- How important is public perception to the Prevent Strategy’s success?
- What lessons/challenges can international partners learn from the prevent strategy?
- To what extent does a person’s socio-economic/gender/race/ religion impact their risk status?
- How does Prevent measure and assess vulnerability?
Simon SmithHead of Delivery - Prevent Strategy | National CT Policing
10:20 AM - 11:00 AM ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS: AN ANALYTICAL DISCUSSION AROUND THE CHALLENGES FACING THE PREVENT PROGRAMME AND SIMILAR PROGRAMMES GLOBALLY
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM COFFEE & NETWORKING
11:50 AM - 12:30 PM PANEL DISCUSSION: ADMITTING THAT THE ROLE OF FORMER FIGHTERS AND THEIR ROLE IN COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM HAS NOT REACHED ITS FULL POTENTIALManwar Ali, Chief Executive, JIMAS Hanif Qadir, Founder, Active Change Foundation Russell Porter, Executive Director, Countering Violent Extremism Secretariat, US AID
- What insight can de-radicalised extremists give us into the success that VEO’s have with their soft power ‘hearts and minds’ campaigns to drive recruitment?
- How can we effectively use de-radicalised individuals to add credence to our messaging efforts? Do these individuals have more credibility with our intended audience as a result of having “been there”, or are they viewed in a more negative light?
- How can we be better utilising former fighters to promote effective counter messaging against these recruitment campaigns?
- How do we ensure that we are probably vetting those former extremists that we work with are totally engaged with the CVE campaigns, with no ulterior motives? At the same time, how do we prevent re-engagement with VEO’s whilst the vetting process is occurring?
- How do you reintegrate former extremists?
Active Change Foundation
Russell PorterExecutive Director, Countering Violent Extremism Secretariat
12:30 PM - 1:10 PM ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS: INTEGRATING FORMER FIGHTERS EFFECTIVELY INTO CVE CAMPAIGNS
1:10 PM - 1:40 PM NETWORKING LUNCH
2:10 PM - 2:40 PM PREVENTING/COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM: UNDERSTANDING WHAT DRIVES INDIVIDUALS TO ADDRESS A GRIEVANCE THROUGH VIOLENCEBrian Murphy, Section Chief, Office of Partner Engagement, FBI Stephanie Samoska, Office of Countering Violent Extremism, FBI
2:40 PM - 3:10 PM INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION: EXAMINING THE TECHNICAL CHALLENGES POSED BY THE USE OF THE INTERNET AND SOCIAL MEDIA IN EFFECTIVE CVE CAMPAIGNS
- How can we better understand how hate groups interact with each other and spread their messages online?
- How can we promote increased information sharing with and self regulation between the private sector to promote safety and counter-messaging?
- What tools are required to effectively monitor open source intelligence, and what do we ideally want these tools to do?
- Do we want to be placing emphasis on tools and systems, or should we be focusing on analyst training and instilling a greater understanding of cultural awareness?
- What can we do to recruit, or work more closely with,analysts from the cultures and regions we are attempting to analyse and communicate with?
3:10 PM - 3:50 PM ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS: MAKING EFFECTIVE USE OF OPEN SOURCE INTELLIGENCE TO AID CVE WORK
3:50 PM - 4:20 PM COFFEE AND NETWORKING
4:20 PM - 4:50 PM CREDIBLE VOICES: HOW TO EMPOWER AND DEPLOY
8:00 AM - AM PANEL DISCUSSION: HOW TO UNDERSTAND AND CONFRONT THE PROPAGANDA MESSAGING OF VIOLENT EXTREMISTS?
- What works to construct resilience and counter narratives?
- What is needed to continue to expand the reach of these essential practices into new communities?
- How can we continue to promote and empower credible voices within a community without promoting our own external agenda?
- Are there any common frameworks we can utilise to effectively identify and ‘harden’ vulnerable domestic communities?
- When looking at transnational extremist organisations, do we need to place more emphasis on the regional cells or the overarching entity? Or do both need to be tackled simultaneously to effectively counter their communication efforts?
- How can we effectively interact with the ‘influencers’, and leverage their understanding of the local narrative?
- How can we distinguish between the loudest voices and the most powerful influencers?
- Do we face a credibility issue when attempting to craft positive messages? Would it be better to build upon messaging originating at the “grass-routes” level?