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Countering Violent Extremism in the US and the EU


The University of Pittsburgh will host a two-day conference to assess the threat of violent extremism and government policies for dealing with it Thurs., April 9 and Friday, April 10 at the Twentieth Century Club. The conference will bring together scholars and practitioners from the U.S. and Europe.

Countering violent extremism remains a critical security challenge confronting Western democratic societies. Policymakers face difficult questions about how to prevent their citizens from engaging in terrorism, what to do with citizens that seek to travel abroad to fight in “jihad,” and how to minimize the potential for violent attacks when fighters return to their countries of origin. Local communities also have an important role to play in countering violent extremism. This conference addresses these challenges through an exchange of ideas and perspectives among researchers, practitioners and the public.

The conference is being organized under the leadership of Professor Michael Kenney, Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

This conference is made possible in part through funding from the European Union, Graduate School for Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for Security Studies, Global Studies Center, and Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies.

To register, click here.  To view a full conference program, click here.


Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies
3930 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260

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