Institute for Strategic Dialogue

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The Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) is a London-based ‘think and do tank’ that has pioneered policy and operational responses to the rising challenges of violent extremism and inter-communal conflict. Combining research and analysis with government advisory work and delivery programmes, ISD has been at the forefront of forging real-world, evidence-based responses to the challenges of integration, extremism and terrorism. ISD's founder and president was George Weidenfeld, Baron Weidenfeld.[1] Its Director/CEO is Sasha Havlicek.[2]

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.[6] Their work ranges from work on Al-Qaeda[7] through to work on the Far Right[8] and even integration[9] Major programmes include:

  • Against Violent Extremism (AVE) network: a global network of former extremists, survivors of violence and interested individuals from the public and private sectors - working together to counter all forms of violent extremism.[10]
  • Far Right Extremism: ISD runs a programme on far-right extremism; managing a European Commission funded initiative with the Swedish government to promote European cooperation to tackle the far right.[11]
  • Youth Civil Activism Network (YouthCAN): the leading global youth network of counter-extremism activists, YouthCAN provides marketing and digital tools to spur the creation of counter-narrative content for the Millennial generation.[12]
  • Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI): builds on ISD’s existing partnership with Facebook to develop new understanding and responses to the challenge of hate speech and violent extremism on social media.
  • Extreme Dialogue: a multi-media education resource for teachers and social workers centred on compelling films of ‘formers and survivors’ of extremism.[13]
  • One to One: an innovative engagement initiative that facilitates interventions between former extremists and young people who show serious extremist tendencies.
  • Strong Cities Network (SCN): the first ever global network of municipal-level policy makers and practitioners united in building social cohesion and community resilience to counter violent extremism in all its forms.[14]
  • Policy Planners’ Network: ISD manages the PPN, a European inter-governmental network of policy chiefs from integration and interior ministries created to systematise cross-border exchange and develop upgraded, coordinated responses to the dual challenges of integration and extremism.[15]

In delivering their projects ISD partners with governments[16] and leaders of the technology sector such as Google.[17] ISD also chairs the EU’s Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) working group on the internet and social media.[18]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Europe’s Middle East Mission, "ISN blog", 25 February 2014 http://isnblog.ethz.ch/international-relations/europes-middle-east-mission
  2. ^ British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, Publications, Journal - Advisory Board, Sasha Havlicek http://www.brismes.ac.uk/publications/journal/108-sasha-havlicek
  3. ^ Vidhya Ramalingam, Preventing and Countering Far-Right Extremism: European Cooperation, Country Reports, http://www.academia.edu/2301191/Preventing_and_Countering_Far-Right_Extremism_European_Cooperation_Country_Reports
  4. ^ The Policy Planners Network on Countering Radicalisation and Polarisation (PPN), CounterExtremism.Org, https://www.counterextremism.org/about-us/ppn/
  5. ^ Can a social network fight 'extremism'?, AlJazeera, May 2012, http://stream.aljazeera.com/story/googles-fight-against-extremism-0022202
  6. ^ Fourth round of successful Kanishka Project counter-terrorism research proposals, “Public Safety Canada”, http://www.securitepublique.gc.ca/cnt/nws/nws-rlss/2013/20131114-2-eng.aspx
  7. ^ Rachel Briggs, The Changing Face of Al Qaeda, January 2012 http://www.strategicdialogue.org/The%20Changing%20Face%20of%20Al%20Qaeda.pdf
  8. ^ Vidhya Ramalingam, Old Threat, New Approach: Tackling the Far Right Across Europe, February 2014, http://www.strategicdialogue.org/ISD_New_Approach_Far_Right_Report.pdf
  9. ^ Vidhya Ramalingam, Integration: What Works?, November 2013 http://www.strategicdialogue.org/Integration_Report.pdf
  10. ^ Network to combat extremism and gang culture launched, BBC News, 25 April 2012 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-17841681
  11. ^ Old Threat, New Approach: Tackling the Far Right Across Europe- GUIDE FOR POLICY MAKERS, http://www.strategicdialogue.org/ISD_New_Approach_Far_Right_Report.pdf
  12. ^ "Home". www.youthcan.net. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  13. ^ "Home - Extreme Dialogue". Extreme Dialogue. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  14. ^ "Home - Strong Cities Network". Strong Cities Network. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  15. ^ Policy Planners’ Network, “ISDEP”, http://www.isdep.eu/content/504/policy-planners-network
  16. ^ Government tackles online radicalisation and 'foreign fighters', “Copenhagen Post”, http://cphpost.dk/news/government-tackles-online-radicalisation-and-foreign-fighters.5635.html
  17. ^ How Can Technology Help Society Counter Violent Extremism? Network Against Violent Extremism, “Google Ideas”, https://www.google.com/ideas/projects/network-against-violent-extremism/
  18. ^ RAN Internet and Social Media (@), “European Commission-Home Affairs” http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/networks/radicalisation_awareness_network/about-ran/ran-at/index_en.htm