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Q+ A Factsheet:  Any new duties for schools and colleges regarding extremism in the new CT strategy ?
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Q+ A Factsheet: Any new duties for schools and colleges regarding extremism in the new CT strategy ?

Professor Lynn Davies and Zubeda Limbada The government has published its revised Contest strategy on counter-terror in June 2018.  This strengthens the powers of police and security services, more than directly applying to educational institutions   However, with new concerns about home-grown terrorism and right wing extremism, there are persistent questions about duties and strategies in schools […]

Gender and the New Counter-Terrorism Strategy
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Gender and the New Counter-Terrorism Strategy

Dr Katherine E. Brown – University of Birmingham. Over the past decade, we had seen some awareness of the importance of gender in UK security policies. As early as 2005, the Home Secretary said women were, “the missing link in counter-terrorism,” and in 2008, Government funded a number of Pathfinderprojects that explicitly saw and targeted the development […]

Response: The new CONTEST strategy.  The devil in the detail?
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Response: The new CONTEST strategy. The devil in the detail?

All eyes interested in matters of security and cohesion will have no doubt devoured the 95 pages of the British government’s fourth iteration of CONTEST, its counter terrorism strategy, launched yesterday by the new Home Secretary Sajid Javid. Billed as ‘a new, more agile, flexible and co-ordinated approach designed to better prevent, detect and disrupt […]

9/11: The Al Qaeda attacks on New York’s Twin Towers and the Pentagon in Washington on 11th September 2001, which triggered President George W Bush’s ‘War on Terror’ and the  wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

7/7: The co-ordinated bomb attacks on London by four young British men in the name of Al Qaeda, on 7th July 2005, which killed 52 people.

Al Qaeda: Terrorist group founded in 1988 by Osama Bin Laden, which committed the 9/11 attacks.

Islamic State (Daesh/IS/ISIS/ISIL): Terrorist group formed after the fall of Saddam Hussain in Iraq and the civil war in Syria. It is the most prominent recruiter of Westerners to its mission to establish its own state.

CONTEST & the ‘4 Ps’: The British Government’s Counter Terrorism strategy initiated in 2006, revised in 2011, consisting of 4 strands: Prepare, Protect, Prevent and Pursue.

Prevent: Aiming to stop (prevent) individuals from supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists.