Past eventMembers

Building Resistance to Violent Extremism

23 April 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Chatham House, London


Dr Dounia Mahlouly, Senior Research Fellow, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR)
Sheelagh Stewart, Lead Adviser, Conflict and Stability, British Council
Chair: Emily Winterbotham, Senior Research Fellow, RUSI




Violent extremism and its consequences remain a major threat to global security. In response, the international community has concentrated on building effective institutions through long-term structural and macro-economic reforms which are seen as vital to future peace and stability. This long-term focus on institution- and state-building, while vital, has in a number of significant instances been overrun by the rapid mobilization of violent resistance. What short-term interventions should be considered to yield faster results in this fight against extremism and help strengthen long-term solutions? And how can governments help support and invest in these initiatives?   

Drawing on the findings of a new report by the British Council, our panel will examine ways to build resistance to violent extremism through soft-power approaches including outreach to groups through sport, music and culture. With young people in particular more vulnerable to recruitment messages, what alternative narratives and new avenues of engagement can they be offered to help build resilience to extremist rhetoric?