H.E. Ms. Mari Skåre, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN

  Mr. Jake Sherman, Director, Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations, IPI
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   International Peace Institute (IPI) Violence and Violence Extremism Policy Forum
 

In 2016, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented the UN Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism to the General Assembly. This plan lays out a policy framework and seven priority areas for to address the common drivers of violent extremism, including the lack of socioeconomic opportunity, marginalization, poor governance, and the violation of human rights. These grievances, coupled with a hunger for meaning and inclusion, can often lead individuals—particularly young people—toward violent extremism.

On Thursday, November 8, 2018, the International Peace Institute (IPI) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP)  hosted a conversation on violent extremism and nonviolent resistance, or “people power,” and the factors behind the choices individuals make to pursue these divergent paths. Panelists also discuss how the global policy community can support the individuals and groups working to address the drivers of violent extremism and conflict at the grassroots level.

Noëlla Richard Youth Policy Specialist, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, United Nations Development Programme
 Mr. Michael Niconchuk, Senior Researcher, Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab for Neuroscience and Social Conflict
 Dr. Maria Stephan, Director, Program on Nonviolent Action, USIP
  Dr. Nilofar Sakhi, Lecturer, Global Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Afghanistan Peace Process, George Mason University
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 Closing remarks: Ms. Leanne Erdberg, Director, Countering Violent Extremism, USIP