University of Pittsburgh
March 30, 2015

Countering Violent Extremism

Global and local experts will exchange ideas at Pitt conference April 9-10

Sharon Blake


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PITTSBURGH—How much of a threat are terrorist-inspired attacks to the United States and Europe? What are the best practices for preventing and responding to violent extremism, and how can they be applied across countries? What role can local communities play?

These questions and others will be up for discussion at a free public conference hosted by the University of Pittsburgh’s European Union Center of Excellence and European Studies Center within the University Center for International Studies. Titled "Countering Violent Extremism in the United States and the European Union," the conference will take place April 9-10 at the Twentieth Century Club, 4201 Bigelow Blvd., Oakland.

Conference attendees—from the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Denmark, and the United States—will exchange ideas and perspectives on policymakers and communities that are facing difficult questions about how to prevent their citizens from engaging in terrorist behavior, what to do with citizens seeking to go abroad to participate in violent extremism, and how to minimize attacks on home soil when these fighters return home.

“Anyone who has been following the news in Europe and the Middle East in recent months will appreciate the timeliness of this conference,” said conference organizer Michael Kenney, associate professor of international affairs at Pitt. “What makes this gathering so valuable is the knowledge that the diverse group of scholars, practitioners, and community activists who are joining us will be able to share. They will help us understand the threat of violent extremism and the challenges we face in responding to it.” 

A full conference program can be found here.

Participants are asked to register for the conference here.

Support for the conference comes from the European Union as well as Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, Global Studies Center, and Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies.