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In maintaining its commitment to bringing nuanced perspectives from experts in the field of violent and non-violent extremism, the Program on Extremism regularly hosts panel discussions, invited speakers, and other events.

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Green Mosul Climate Change International Forum: Challenges and Future Solutions

To celebrate the end of the “Green Mosul'' initiative, launched in April 2022 at the Northern Technical University and sponsored by the Crisis and Support Center of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Program on Extremism is pleased to support the inauguration of the first international forum on climate change in Mosul. The forum, held on May 9, 2022 in Mosul, brought together scholars, public officials, national and international organizations, and climate activists, and offered a unique opportunity to discuss climate change and climate action, future challenges and solutions. More than 9000 trees planted later, Mosul Eye’s “Green Mosul” initiative is coming to an end. But this also marks a new beginning, as the people of Mosul have planted the seeds of a green future for the city. Indeed, launched in March 2021 with the support of the Crisis and Support Center of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “Green Mosul” played an instrumental part in promoting urban greening as a means towards postwar stabilization and in raising awareness about climate change. 


 

Terrorism, Violent Extremism, and the War in Ukraine

On Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 10:00AM EST, the Program on Extremism at George Washington University held a virtual event to discuss the reactions and perceptions of global terrorist and violent extremist movements to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In the two months since the beginning of the war, several Salafi-jihadist and white supremacist groups around the world have opined on the conflict in statements, media releases, and propaganda. In addition, certain violent extremist actors are participating as active combatants in the conflict. As the war continues, its immediate and second-order effects may also entail significant ramifications for the future of violent extremism in the broader region.

A panel discussed these and other dynamics pertinent to the nexus between the Russia-Ukraine war and regional and global violent extremism. Program senior research fellow Haroro Ingram moderated a discussion involving presentations from:

-Mina al-Lami, Editorial Lead for Jihadist Media Monitoring Team, BBC Monitoring
-Kacper Rekawek, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX), University of Oslo
-Bennett Clifford, Senior Research Fellow, Program on Extremism at George Washington University


 

The State of Online Terrorist and Extremist Content Removal Policy in the United States

On March 31st, 2022 at 10:00 AM EST, the Program on Extremism at the George Washington University convened a panel to discuss the current state of online terrorist and extremist content removal policy in the United States. In particular, the event examined the respective roles of the U.S. government and technology companies in managing online terrorist and extremist content. 

Recent events have again resurfaced calls for the U.S. government to take a more active role in regulating online service providers’ approaches to harmful content. However, the U.S. government is not the only actor with responsibility for countering extremism and terrorism online, and a broader range of perspectives is necessary to inform its regulatory approach. To this end, this panel, moderated by Program on Extremism Senior Research Fellow Bennett Clifford, reviewed the scope of the “online radicalization” problem in the U.S. today, the current approaches of online service providers, and the experiences of countries around the world in regulating online counter-extremism policies. 

Panelists:

-Joe Whittaker, Lecturer in Cyber Threats, Swansea University

-Kris McGuffie, Director of Research, Spectrum Labs

-Jacob Berntsson, Head of Policy and Research, Tech Against Terrorism

 


 

The Revival of Jewish Cultural Heritage and Combating Antisemitism and Terrorism in the Middle East

For centuries, the Middle East has been a space of coexistence and diversity, home to Jews, Christians, and Muslims. In 2014, ISIS embarked on a campaign of targeted attacks against cultural heritage- including Jewish cultural heritage- in order to destroy that coexistence. However, recent developments have inspired many communities to reclaim their heritage and rebuild in the face of ISIS's terrorism. Numerous initiatives have been launched across the globe to help restore the cultural heritage of cities like Mosul and other cities in the region. 

On Wednesday, March 16th at 11:00 AM EST, The Program on Extremism at George Washington University hosted an online discussion that will focus on the importance of cultural heritage recovery to combat terrorism and antisemitism. The panel, moderated by Program on Extremism research fellow Omar Mohammed, featured insights from Katharina von Schnurbein, the European Commission's Coordinator on combating Antisemitism and fostering Jewish life, and Edwin Shuker, Vice President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.


 

The Global Jihad in Flux: Nexus Project Launch

On March 7 at 09:30 AM EST, the Program on Extremism launched a new project— The Global-Local Jihadist Nexus: Islamic State and Al-Qaida Affiliates Monitor (Nexus). This project draws on a global network of subject matter experts and locally-based researchers to monitor Islamic State and al-Qaida affiliates across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, as well as their support and enabling networks in the West. The project regularly publishes analysis through our new platform, Nexus.

As part of the launch event on March 7, the Program released the first tranche of articles and reports written by our inaugural authors. The event opened with remarks by Program on Extremism Director Lorenzo Vidino, and then turned to keynote presentations from three of our distinguished authors:

-Bulama Bukarti, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change
-Tricia Bacon, School of Public Affairs, American University
-Farkhondeh Akbari, Gender, Peace, and Security Centre at Monash University 

Their analysis covered regions including West Africa, Somalia, and Afghanistan. A moderated discussion followed chaired by Program on Extremism senior research fellow Haroro Ingram and research fellow Andrew Mines.


 

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