Institute for Strategic Dialogue

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Institute for Strategic Dialogue
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Formation2006; 16 years ago (2006)
HeadquartersLondon, W1
Director and CEO
Sasha Havlicek

The Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) is a London-based think tank concerned with extremism.[1] Its Founding CEO is Sasha Havlicek.[2]

Programme of work[edit]

ISD runs a wide-ranging programme of work on extremism which ranges from traditional research papers[3] through to the facilitation of practitioners networks[4][5] and the development of counter narrative tools to combat extemism.[6] Their work ranges from work on Islamist extremism[7] through to far-right extremism[8] In delivering their projects, ISD partners with governments[9] and leaders of the technology sector, such as Google.[10] ISD also chairs the EU's Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) working group on the internet and social media.[11]

Strong Cities Network[edit]

Launch of the Strong Cities Network in 2015

Launched at the United Nations in September 2015, the Strong Cities Network (SCN) is the first ever global network of mayors, municipal-level policy-makers and practitioners committed to building social cohesion and countering violent extremism in all its forms.[12]

Other programmes[edit]

  • Against Violent Extremism (AVE) network: a global network of former extremists, survivors of violence and interested individuals working together to counter all forms of violent extremism.[13]
  • Extreme Dialogue: a multi-media education resource for teachers and social workers.[14]
  • One to One: an initiative that facilitates interventions between former extremists and young people who show serious extremist tendencies.
  • Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI): a strategic partnership with Facebook, begun in Germany in 2016 and expanded to France and the UK in 2017. It aims to develop new responses to the challenge of hate speech and violent extremism on social media, providing research and support and combining the tools of technology, academic expertise, communications and marketing, which are often unavailable to grassroots activist organisations.[15]
  • Policy Planners’ Network (PPN): a European inter-governmental network of policy chiefs from integration and interior ministries working to develop upgraded, coordinated responses to integration and extremism.[16]
  • Youth Civil Activism Network (YouthCAN): a global youth network of counter-extremism activists.[17]

Google Innovation Fund[edit]

In 2017 and ISD partnered to deliver a £1m innovation fund to counter hate and extremism in the UK.[18] The fund aims to support projects seeking to disrupt, undermine, counter or provide positive alternatives to hate and extremism.[citation needed]

Internet Citizens[edit]

Be Internet Citizens billboard in London Underground

In 2017, ISD delivered a series of 'Be Internet Citizen workshops' youth centres across the UK in 2017. In 2018 ISD started working with Google to roll out the workshops into schools across the country, as well as supporting teachers and the youth sector with training and resources to deliver the curriculum independently.[citation needed]

The Internet Citizens Curriculum aims to explain fake news, echo chambers and filter bubbles, helping young people become more confident in forming their opinions online and develop an increased critical awareness of the use of the content they consume.[citation needed]

Research and publications[edit]

  • Ebner, Julia; Davey, Jacob (March 2018). "Mainstreaming Mussolini: How the Extreme Right Attempted to 'Make Italy Great Again' in the 2018 Italian Election" (PDF).
  • Davey, Jacob; Birdwell, Jonathan; Skellett, Rebecca (February 2018). "Counter-Conversations: A model for direct engagement with individuals showing signs of radicalisation online" (PDF).
  • Harrasy, Anisa; Amanullah, Zahed (February 2018). "Between Two Extremes: Responding to Islamist and tribalist messaging online in Kenya during the 2017 elections" (PDF).
  • Reynolds, Louis (December 2017). "Internet Citizens: Impact Report" (PDF).
  • Applebaum, Anne; Pomerantsev, Peter; Smith, Melanie; Colliver, Chloe (December 2017). "Make Germany Great Again" (PDF).
  • Davey, Jacob; Ebner, Julia (October 2017). "The Fringe Insurgency" (PDF).


  1. ^ "Europe's Middle East Mission". ISN blog. 25 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Advisory Board, Sasha Havlicek". British Society for Middle Eastern Studies.
  3. ^ Ramalingam, Vidhya. "Preventing and Countering Far-Right Extremism: European Cooperation, Country Reports".
  4. ^ "About Us". The Policy Planners Network on Countering Radicalisation and Polarisation (PPN).
  5. ^ "Can a social network fight 'extremism'?". Al Jazeera. May 2012. Archived from the original on 15 June 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Fourth round of successful Kanishka Project counter-terrorism research proposals". Public Safety Canada.
  7. ^ Briggs, Rachel (January 2012). "The Changing Face of Al Qaeda" (PDF). Institute for Strategic Dialogue. Archived from the original (discussion paper) on 12 May 2013.
  8. ^ Ramalingam, Vidhya (February 2014). "Old Threat, New Approach: Tackling the Far Right Across Europe" (PDF). Institute for Strategic Dialogue.
  9. ^ "Government tackles online radicalisation and 'foreign fighters'". Copenhagen Post. Copenhagen, Denmark.
  10. ^ "How Can Technology Help Society Counter Violent Extremism?". Network Against Violent Extremism, Google Ideas.
  11. ^ "About RAN". RAN Internet and Social Media, European Commission-Home Affairs.
  12. ^ "Strong Cities Network".
  13. ^ "Network to combat extremism and gang culture launched". BBC News. 25 April 2012.
  14. ^ "Extreme Dialogue". Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  15. ^ "08 The Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI)". Courage Against Hate (PDF) (Report). Facebook. July 2021. p. 102. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  16. ^ "Policy Planners' Network". Archived from the original on 7 April 2014.
  17. ^ "YouthCAN". Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  18. ^ "Google Launches £1M Innovation Fund with ISD to develop Solutions to Hate and Extremism". (Press release).

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