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Beyond Territorial Defeat of Terrorist Groups…

24 June 2021

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Beyond Territorial Defeat of Terrorist Groups: The Way Forward to Lasting Peace

Production Date: 
24 Jun 2021

Video Length

01:35:28

Asset Language: 
English

Summary: 
The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the multi-faceted nature of terrorism.
Description: 
The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the multi-faceted nature of terrorism. As the pandemic enters its second year, trends in extreme fragility and vulnerability have worsened; providing terrorist groups with a window of opportunity to position themselves as shadow service providers. Furthermore, as governments continue to shift their attention and resources to respond to COVID-19 associated health and socio-economic challenges, terrorist groups have been expanding their reach and transnational networks in existing and new areas of operation.  As such, the current terrorism challenges call for a holistic approach that addresses the overlap between emerging crises and pre-existing threats in a manner that responds to the underlying drivers of both. It also puts forth the question of how to prevent further recruitment into terrorist groups and how to deal with the increasing caseload of individuals formerly associated with terrorist groups to ensure their rehabilitation and sustainable reintegration into communities. This holistic response will only be realized through adopting a longer-term outlook and ensuring the commitment and ownership of different stakeholders–both at the national and local levels.  Against this backdrop, this side event is premised on the imperative of investing in building institutional capacities and leveraging pillars of communal resilience to curb the expansion of terrorist groups. It explores the parameters of a comprehensive approach to effectively manage the caseload of individuals formerly associated with terrorist groups, while being cognizant of the persistent drivers to terrorism that must also be prevented and addressed in parallel. This has become particularly salient during periods of crises such as the current pandemic, where we witness an interaction between nascent threats and pre-existing ones. Opening Remarks:Ambassador Mohamed Edrees. Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations Chair of the United Nations Peacebuilding CommissionAmbassador Ahmed Abdel-Latif, Director General, Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (CCCPA) Panel:Idriss Lallali, Deputy Director and Acting (Interim) Director, African Center for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT-CAERT)Ulrich Garms, Programme Officer, Terrorism Prevention Branch United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)May Salem, Program Manager, DDR & Preventing Radicalization and Extremism, Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (CCCPA) & Thematic Content Manager, Aswan ForumDr. Olajumoke Ayandele, Research Consultant, Africa Desk, Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) and Postdoctoral Fellow, New York University (NYU)Dr. Fatima Akilu, Executive Director, Neem Foundation Moderator: Fauziya Abdi, President, Women in International Security -Horn of Africa
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