As tasked by HR/VP Federica Mogherini after the High Level Political and Security Dialogue
(HLPSD) between EU and the Central Asian states in May 2016, EU Special Representative for Central Asia Peter Burian holds a Regional Conference on "Preventing Violent Extremism in Central Asia – Challenges and Responses at Community Level" in Bishkek on 10 to 11 November 2016. The meeting will focus on addressing root causes and dynamics of violent extremism in the region and explore the potential for engagement at local community level. The regional conference will benefit from the results of a local workshop where representatives of Local Crime Prevention Centres (LCPC) in Kyrgyzstan and Public Councils in Tajikistan exchange experience on challenges and best practice of preventing violent extremism (PVE).
The governments of the five Central Asian states have frequently raised radicalization and violent extremism as regional challenge during the bilateral consultations as well as at the High Level Political and Security Dialogue (HLPSD) in Brussels in May 2016 and the recent EU – Central Asia Ministerial Meeting in Brussels in October 2016.
In this respect, the HR/VP Federica Mogherini tasked the EUSR for Central Asia to elaborate on this topic in more detail to better understand the global phenomenon and its dynamics in Central Asia, and to jointly generate ideas for concrete follow-up project activities in the region.
The conference will address regional trends and root causes of radicalization and elaborate best practice of preventing violent extremism. State officials of the relevant ministries and agencies from the Central Asian state and Afghanistan as well as international and regional academics and practitioners from international organizations and civil society have been invited to share their experience.
The regional conference will benefit from the results of a local workshop held under Saferworld's community policing programme prior to the conference. There, representatives LCPCs in Kyrgyzstan, consisting of local administration, police, neighbourhood inspectors, juvenile inspectors, women, youth, and elderly, and of Public Councils in Tajikistan will exchange their experience on challenges and best practice of PVE.