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What's New and What's Next in Preventing Youth Violent Extremism?

May 31, 2018

What’s New and What’s Next in Preventing Youth Violent Extremism? 

Vista Room, FHI 360 Conference Center
1825 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20009
June 6, 2018
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

As the world moves to counter violent extremism, FHI 360 asks the question: Can we do more than just counteract?

FHI 360 will host a participatory discussion on new and emerging approaches to preventing violent extremism by youth. Panelists will present research and programmatic findings on youth radicalization, resilience to violent extremism and reintegration. The panel will be livestreamed to include insights and comments from a global audience.


9:00-9:15 a.m.
Participant arrival and registration 

9:15-9:20 a.m.

Nadra Franklin, Director, Global Education, Employment and Engagement, FHI 360

9:20-9:30 a.m.

9:30-10:35 a.m.
Panel presentations

9:30-9:35 a.m.
Panel Moderator: Theo Dolan, FHI 360

9:35-9:50 a.m.
Joseph Sany, FHI 360
Positive Youth Development and Resilience to Violent Extremism: Is There Evidence?

9:50-10:05 a.m.
Kyle Dietrich, Equal Access
Reframing and Reorienting Radicalization: Equal Access’ Research in Northern Nigeria

10:05-10:20 a.m.
Lauren Van Metre, George Washington University
Youth Radicalization in Mombasa, Kenya: A Lexicon of Online Violent Extremism Terminology

10:20-10:35 a.m.
Dean Piedmont, The Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism Initiative
Radicalization, Resilience and Reintegration: Youth in an Era of Violent Extremism

During their presentations, the panel will address these questions:

  • What are the gaps in current programming and evaluation in preventing youth radicalization and violent extremism?
  • What are new research or programmatic findings that can fill these gaps?
  • What should be next in terms of programming and evaluation of interventions for preventing youth radicalization and violent extremism?

10:35-11:00 a.m.
Questions and answers

10:55-11:00 a.m.
Small group discussions

The moderator will ask participants to select a group discussing one of these topics:

  • Reframing and reorienting radicalization
  • Reintegration and rehabilitation of foreign terrorist fighters
  • Youth-led initiatives to address violent extremism
  • Youth resilience
  • Social media and alternative messaging
  • Engaging parents and other influencers

Participants will share their experiences with approaches or research studies on preventing violent extremism. Groups will identify:

  • What’s new: Other new approaches or learning (15 mins.)
  • What’s next: Recommended research or interventions to test and adopt (13 mins.)
  • Risks and caveats: Risks and possible mitigating factors (2 mins.)

11:30-11:50 a.m.
Small group presentations

The group facilitator or another participant will present a summary to the plenary.

11:50 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Concluding remarks

Joseph Sany, FHI 360