Recently, CRCL representatives traveled abroad to take part in conferences in the UK and the Netherlands, both of which focused on reducing the threat of terrorism and violent extremism.
Wilton Park, a global non-profit think tank, hosted a three-day conference on building resilience and reducing threats within the Somali communities across the globe. The roundtable meeting bought together 60 senior-level practitioners, policy makers, academics and community representatives from the UK, the U.S., Italy, and Kenya to dialogue with government officials from the UK, U.S., Denmark, Saudi Arabia, and the EU on strategies to increase trust between communities and government officials and promote future collaboration on counter-terrorist activities. Key themes discussed at the conference were the need to: challenge ideology that supports terrorism and those who promote it; protect vulnerable individuals; and support sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalization. CRCL participated in bilateral talks between the U.S. delegation to the conference and the UK Home Office, Research Information and Communications Unit, and UK Foreign Ministry.
Also, a CRCL representative traveled with a U.S. delegation of federal, state and local government officials to visit the Netherland's Counter Terrorism Coordination Centre in The Hague. The three-day conference included a series of workshops on countering violent extremism, and visits to the regional police fusion center in Antwerp and the National Threat Analysis Centre in Brussels. The U.S. delegation (pictured above) was composed of representatives from DHS, CBP, DOJ, FBI and the National Counter Terrorism Center, along with state and local law enforcement agencies. CRCL's participation in these conferences underscores our commitment to partnering with international government and stakeholders counter violent extremism.
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