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Is there a Nexus Between Crime and Violent Extremism in the Horn of Africa?

27 August 2020, 14:30
Invite Only
This seminar examined the evidence behind this question and surveyed policy-relevant advice for strengthening efforts to prevent and counter the threat of violent extremism.

The nexus between crime and violent extremism has been the subject of increasing scholarly and political concern. While there is a plethora of research to suggest a link between crime and violent extremism, evidence of such relations is limited in developing country contexts.

In Kenya, following the DUSIT attacks, much has been written about how groups such as Al Shabaab use crime as a funding-mechanisms and as an avenue for recruitment. To assess the contours of this relationship within the Kenyan context, this seminar brings together emerging evidence from the field.

Focussing on different aspects of the relationship, three recent papers that seek to address the gaps in understanding were discussed. In providing a more nuanced perspective, the seminar also offered some policy-relevant advice for strengthening efforts to prevent and counter the threat of violent extremism.

Watch the video recording of the seminar:

Speakers:

  • Katherine Petrich, Visiting Researcher, Centre for Policy Research at the University of Albany.
  • Mahdi Abdi Abdile, Doctorial Researcher, University of Helsinki.
  • Martine Zeuthen, Senior Fellow, Royal United Services Institute.
  • This event will be chaired by Andrew E. Yaw Tchie, Senior Research Fellow For African Security And Obasanjo.

Please note this was an invitation-only event. For any questions, please contact ZivileK@rusi.org 

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Živilė Kulevičiūtė
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