Study Course - Building a National Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism, 2 - 4 November 2015, Geneva, Switzerland

Publish Date: Sep 22, 2015

Deadline: Oct 01, 2015

Event Dates: from Nov 02, 2015 12:00 to Nov 04, 2015 12:00

Knowledge Management and Resilience in Countering Violent Extremism

This course examines the meaning behind UN Security Council Resolution 2178 and what it implies for states and actors in developing national plans to counter violent extremism. The course will analyse the root causes of violent radicalism and will study the methods used to promote violent extremist ideologies. Participants will delve into the phenomena of foreign terrorist fighters and strategic communications. Experts and participants will come together to develop novel ideas for the best CVE practices.

Key benefits for you

The course will enable you to:

Acquire knowledge about the component elements and root causes of violent extremism, identifying the key groups promoting violent radicalisation.

Develop perspectives on the evolution of the methods used to promote violent extremist ideologies (with a focus on technology) and strategic communications.

Formulate a strategy for a national action plan on countering violent extremism, including design, formulation and implementation practices.

Exchange views among peers with experienced experts and practitioners in a neutral and open environment

Faculty profiles

The course teaching staff includes GCSP’s international faculty composed of academics and practitioners with broad

experience in international affairs, security policy, diplomacy and military affairs,

as well as high-level international guest speakers form civil society, government, academia and international organisations.

Why you should attend

This course offers a unique opportunity to unpack the process of strategy formulation – focusing on countering violent extremism (CVE). Through a case study approach, participants are able to examine the key components and root causes of violent extremism including the evolution of methods and strategies that are employed to promote it. Presentations by noted practitioners complement our

case study approaches, which outline ways to establish action plans for designing, formulating and implementing a nation- wide strategy. Throughout the course, there will be ample opportunities to share best practices and ideas among experts and participants.

Course focus


How to analyse the attraction of extremist movements and ideologies that seek to promote violence among civil society members.

How to identify extremist strategies and methodologies successful in the creation of radicalisation.


How to implement UN Security Council Resolution 2178 and what are the best practices or measures to combat CVE.

How to build understanding of the phenomenon of foreign fighters and other extremist recruitment and radicalisation processes.


How to develop a national vision and action plan to address the root causes of extremism that threaten security.

How to design implementation strategies to build awareness and counter extremist narratives.


How to build a national task force. How to implement a strategy.

How to develop innovative, scalable and implementable programmes and tools.

How to create a national action plan.

Sharing knowledge

Course participants will strengthen global stakeholders and communities by sharing knowledge among practitioners and researchers to deliver practical, timely and innovative ideas to implement and build more robust and effective practices.

Admission requirements

Open to mid-career professionals working in national ministries and international organisations. As well as field-based practitioners with particular emphasis on individuals and organisations implementing programs on the ground: including development agencies in countries experiencing violent extremism,community-based organisations conducting CVE activities, IT professionals and national officials from countries afflicted by radicalisation.

Alumni community

Upon completion of the course, you become part

of the expanding GCSP alumni network and enjoy continued access to our events. Security policy conferences enable current and past participants to meet, debate policy issues and share ideas and experiences in an informal setting.

In the heart of “International Geneva”

Hosting 35 international organisations, more than 250 non-governmentalorganisations, and 173 diplomatic missions, representations and delegations, Geneva represents the world’s richest network on international affairs.


For further details about the course and the application process, please contact:

+41 (0)22 730 9600

Application deadline: Thursday, 1 October 2015

Tuition fees: CHF 750

Language requirements: The course will be held in

English. No translation will be provided.

Venue: GCSP, Maison de la paix Chemin Eugène-Rigot2D P.O. Box 1295

CH-1211 Geneva 1

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