From the Program Background: "East Africa faces dynamic and complex radicalization challenges. From 22--27 January 2012, the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) hosted a workshop titled 'Preventing Youth Radicalization in East Africa' in Kigali, Rwanda. The workshop sought to foster a deeper understanding of the drivers of youth radicalization in the region and to generate policy recommendations aimed at decreasing the appeal of violent extremist groups. The event expanded upon a previous ACSS seminar, 'Preventing Terrorism: Developing Comprehensive Solutions to the Challenges of Radicalization', hosted in Dakar, Senegal, in April 2011. Like the preceding event, the 'Preventing Youth Radicalization' workshop was organized in cooperation with U.S. government partners, including the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of African Affairs, Bureau of Counterterrorism, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, which generously funded participants representing East African civil society organizations. U.S. Africa Command also contributed personnel to the workshop and provided important information about U.S. security cooperation in the region aimed at countering violent extremism. The workshop was attended by forty-five participants from the governments of eleven East African countries (Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda), the United Kingdom, the United States, as well as a variety of East African civil society organizations. Attendees presented a diversity of perspectives drawn from military, intelligence, law enforcement, development, culture, communications, and civil society backgrounds. The workshop offered a unique opportunity for counter-radicalization practitioners to engage in discussions about cross-sectoral cooperation and best practices for mitigating violent extremism among the region's growing and politically consequential youth population."
Preventing Youth Radicalization in East Africa, Kigali, Rwanda, January 22-27, 2012
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