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WEBCAST | Violent Extremism in West Africa: Are Current Responses Enough?

Please join the Wilson Center Africa Program for a webcast event on “Violent Extremism in West Africa: Are Current Responses Enough?” on Tuesday, June 2 from 10:00-11:30 am. You may view the webcast using this link.

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Jun. 2, 2020
10:00am – 11:30am

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6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center
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WEBCAST | Violent Extremism in West Africa: Are Current Responses Enough?

Please join the Wilson Center Africa Program for a webcast event on “Violent Extremism in West Africa: Are Current Responses Enough?” on Tuesday, June 2 from 10:00-11:30 am. You may view the webcast using this link.

The rise of violent extremism has become particularly acute in the West Africa and Sahel regions, and has given rise to a proliferation of international and regional responses, including by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Regional efforts to combat violent extremism are anchored by the G5 Sahel and the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), while international efforts include the French Operation Barkhane and the U.S. Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership (TSCTP). This event will assess the efficacy of current regional mechanisms in addressing this rising threat, their articulation and complementarity with international efforts, and propose options to improve the regional response to violent extremism in West Africa.

Speakers will analyze the existing regional and international approaches and mechanisms for countering violent extremism, including their effectiveness at addressing the root causes and their adaptability to country-specific conditions. They will also consider the role that non-state actors, including civil society, women, and youth could play countering violent extremism, and offer concrete recommendations and options to ECOWAS, its member countries, and their international partners regarding measures that can be taken to effectively counter violent extremism in West Africa. 

The SVNP is a continent-wide network of African policy, research and academic organizations that works with the Wilson Center’s Africa Program to bring African knowledge and perspectives to U.S., African, and international policy on peacebuilding in Africa. Established in 2011 and supported by the generous financial support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the project provides avenues for African researchers and practitioners to engage with and exchange analyses and perspectives with U.S., African, and international policymakers in order to develop the most appropriate, cohesive, and inclusive policy frameworks and approaches to achieving sustainable peace in Africa.


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The Africa Program works to address the most critical issues facing Africa and U.S.-Africa relations, build mutually beneficial U.S.–Africa relations, and enhance knowledge and understanding about Africa in the United States. The Program achieves its mission through in-depth research and analyses, including our blog Africa Up Close, public discussion, working groups, and briefings that bring together policymakers, practitioners, and subject matter experts to analyze and offer practical options for tackling key challenges in Africa and in U.S.-Africa relations.    Read more