Author | Dr Jennifer Philippa Eggert A leaked letter by Home Secretary Sajid Javid, in which he says the UK will demand “no assurances” that two suspected IS members will not be executed in the US, has caused a debate about the death penalty and the UK’s counterterrorism approach. In this blog post, Dr Jennifer […]
Background | “Why the Unpleasant Statements?” At ConnectFutures, we believe in drawing attention to disturbing trends in our society (not ignoring them), and generating discussion. We recognise they may not be pleasant statements but, it is part of the ConnectFutures remit of facilitating dialogue on difficult topics as well as school-based education around issues of […]
Blog: A cautious welcome to the Commission for Countering Extremism and its new team of Experts – with some caveats.
On 24th January 2018 Sara Khan was announced as head of the new Commission for Countering Extremism, a move met with controversy over the perceived partiality of a person seen by some as too close to government, and fears that the need to build bridges between diverse groups across all communities would not be met. Here’s our thoughts
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
If there is a Muslim community, is there a ‘far right’ community when it comes to preventing extremism?
Prof Lynn Davies and Zubeda Limbada The Prevent strategy has been in place since 2003 and the approach around community engagement still remains elusive to practitioners. The current Prevent Duty Guidance talks of building community resilience by ‘Supporting opportunities to develop community challenges to extremists; and Collate and analyse community tension reporting across the UK that […]
Guest blog: Dr Jennifer Philippa Eggert on why we need more communities-focused and gender-sensitive approaches. There has been increasing awareness of the need for communities-focused and gender-sensitive approaches in counterextremism measures recently. In this blog post, Dr Eggert (University of Warwick) explains why working with communities and taking gender into account should be at the heart […]
What would you say if a young person asked you this question? At a BRAVE (building resilience against violence and extremism) training session with a year group of teenagers in a secondary school in Birmingham, questions were invited. A genuine query from one was ‘where is it safe to stab someone?’ They thought there might be […]
Unravelling the web of deception in radicalisation: a mother reveals the struggle | Professor Lynn Davies
On 1st June 2015 Rasheed Benyahia, aged 19, travelled from Birmingham to Syria to join the so called Islamic State group. Within 6 months he was dead. In the film just released My Son Joined Isis, his mother Nicola Benyahia tells his story and hers. It is a gripping narrative, with the recurrent pounding questions […]