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Countering Radicalization Topic of Upcoming Helsinki Commission Briefing

Panel to Feature OSCE Special Representative on Countering Radicalization and Violent Extremism

WASHINGTON—The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, today announced the following briefing:

“COUNTERING RADICALIZATION: INTERNATIONAL BEST PRACTICES
AND THE ROLE OF THE OSCE”

Thursday, October 26, 2017
2:00PM
Russell Senate Office Building
Room 385

Live Webcast: www.facebook.com/HelsinkiCommission

As terrorist threats have multiplied in their scope and scale, the 57-member Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has sought to play an increasingly central role in facilitating international efforts to prevent and combat terrorism, including addressing conditions that create fertile ground for terrorist groups to recruit.

Radicalization expert Dr. Peter Neumann was appointed as the OSCE Special Representative on Countering Radicalization and Violent Extremism by the OSCE’s Austrian Chairmanship in 2017.  As part of his mandate, on September 27 he published an expert report on the OSCE’s activities to prevent violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism, describing both best practices and possible areas for additional efforts.

At this U.S. Helsinki Commission briefing, Dr. Neumann will present his findings, and two senior U.S. experts with extensive experience conducting and analyzing U.S. counter-radicalization programs will discuss his conclusions and provide their own views on the way ahead for U.S. efforts and international cooperation.

Panelists scheduled to participate include:

  • Professor Peter Neumann, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on Countering Radicalization and Violent Extremism; Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization (ICSR), Department of War Studies, King’s College London.
  • Seamus Hughes, Deputy Director, Program on Extremism, George Washington University; Mr. Hughes formerly served at the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center and as Senior Counterterrorism Advisor for the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
  • Matthew Levitt, Fromer-Wexler Fellow and Director of The Washington Institute’s Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence; Mr. Levitt formerly served as deputy assistant secretary for intelligence and analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, as a State Department counterterrorism advisor, and as a counterterrorism intelligence analyst at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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