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What we want to accomplish
The UFUNGU network is a group of professionals that want to strengthen the resilience to radicalisation & polarisation through the creation of formal & informal networks, providing a platform to share expertise and to stimulate cross-over initiatives & innovations.
We strive to create a multi-agency framework firmly based on the respect of human rights, the rule of law and democratic values and methods.
By building trust, promoting dialogue & fostering solidarity we want to create a more peaceful, more secure and tolerant society.
What we want to do
- To analyse & promote a better understanding of the complexity of radicalization leading to violent extremism
- To facilitate multi-agency cooperation & exchanges between actors in the field
- To advise policy makers & raise awareness for the general public (public debate)
- To support & empower practitioners, teacher, youth workers, family members, …
- To take stock of existing approaches (educational, community based, prison based, …)
- To develop, collect & share state of art expertise in the field of deradicalisation / disengagement practices
- To define areas of prevention & intervention (schools, prisons, communities, youth environments, …)
- To identify risk & protective factors (to advance & distribute behavioral based tools like VERA2 etc.);
- To stimulate innovative tools for deradicalisation / disengagement, based on behavioral science and embedded in human rights framework and historic awareness;
- To formulate connecting narratives in the light of winning the hearts and the minds (cf. the growth of polaris
- To strengthen civic responsibility & the promotion of active citizenship
About the EXIT extremism conference
EXIT organizations are not acting in isolation. They can be part of a multi-agency system that is being coordinated by a third party. In setting up multi-agency partnerships it is crucial to have a clear idea of the shared objective and knowing each other’s role and interest in achieving it. This conference series wants to share international expertise in setting up such multi-agency structures and strive for structural quality standards.
The first conference day provides a general framework to set-up EXIT organizations and to learn which pitfalls and quality/safety aspects that we need to take into account. (The registration fee for the first day is 50 € – coffee/lunch will be provided.)
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Program of the EXIT extremism conference series
Welcoming & introduction to the EXIT conference series
Christophe Busch is the founder-connector of the UFUNGU network on radicalisation & polarisation. Its mission is to challenge the growth of radicalisation & polarisation by providing an expertise framework firmly based on the respect of human rights, the rule of law and democratic values and methods. Since July 2016 he is the general director of Kazerne Dossin, the Holocaust and Human Rights Memorial, Museum and Expertise center in Belgium.Christophe Busch
The need for multi-agency cooperation around radicalised offenders
Since 1 January 2016, Paul van Tigchelt is the director of CUTA, the Coordination Unit for Threat Analysis. He is Deputy Attorney General in Antwerp. As the Deputy Head of Cabinet of the Minister of the Interior, he was closely involved in the creation of CUTA in 2006. CUTA is an evolving institution, in particular since the events that hit France and Belgium so tragically. It is the responsability of Mr. van Tigchelt to make sure that these new challenges are dealt with in the most effective way.Paul Van Tigchelt
Breaking the ISIS Brand: Trajectories into and back out of Terrorism and the Social Media Recruiting of ISIS
Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. is Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine, Georgetown University, and Director of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE). She currently runs the Breaking the ISIS Brand - ISIS Defectors Interviews Project at ICSVE. Dr. Speckhard has been working in the field of counter-terrorism and psychology since the 1980’s and has extensive experience working in Europe, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union.Anne Speckhard
Exit and rehabilitation of former extremists: Core issues
Deradicalisation has become a core element in policies to counter violent extremism in many countries. However, these interventions vary enormously along a number of dimensions. This presentation will try to describe and discuss thisvariation in a systematic way in order to learn from previous achievements and mistakes, and understand better the pros and cons of different models. Tore Bjørgo is Director of the Center for Research on Extremism: The Extreme Right, Hate Crime and Political Violence (C‑REX).Tore Bjørgo
Quality matters in deradicalisation. Basics in structural standards and program typology.
Daniel Koehler will introduce different types of deradicalisation and CVE programs, how they function and what their benefits as well as program characteristics are for each target group and user. In addition, the lecture will also talk in detail about structural standards and requirements for effective and high quality CVE programs. He worked as a deradicalisation and family counselor in multiple programs and developed several methodological approaches to deradicalisation. He is also the co-founder of the journal on deradicalisation and Director of the German Institute on Radicalisation and De-Radicalisation Studies (GIRDS) in 2014.Daniel Koehler
Applying the VERA 2R methodology for assessing the individual risk of violent extremism, social re-integration and EXIT decisions.
D. Elaine Pressman is a Distinguished Senior Fellow and Scientific Expert at the Netherlands Institute for Forensic Psychology and Psychology (NIFP) in the Netherlands, a Senior Fellow in the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA), Carleton University and an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for Counter Terrorism (ICCT) in The Hague. She has been a Subject Matter Expert in risk and threat assessment for the Critical Incident Response Group at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Quantico, Virginia, USA and has trained senior international experts at the FBI National Academy. Dr. Pressman is a recognized international expert in the area of risk assessment of violent political extremism.Elaine Pressman
Rik Coolsaet is Professor emeritus of International Relations at Ghent University (Belgium). He was Chair of the Department of Political Science at Ghent University and is Senior Associate Fellow at the Egmont Institute (Royal Institute for International Relations) in Brussels. He was invited to join the original European Commission Expert Group on Violent Radicalisation (established 2006) and is member of the European Network of Experts on Radicalisation (ENER).Rik Coolsaet
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