Call for abstracts: International Conference on Terrorism & Violent Extremism

International Conference on Terrorism and Violent Extremism – CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Theme: Changing Dynamics of Terrorism and Violent Extremism in Africa: Towards Effective Prevention and Counter Terrorism Strategies

HORN International Institute for Strategic Studies (hereafter, the HORN Institute) invites researchers and practitioners to submit abstracts for presentation at the international conference on terrorism and violent extremism on the theme, Changing Dynamics of Terrorism and Violent Extremism in Africa: Towards Effective Prevention and Counter Terrorism Strategies that will be held in Nairobi (Kenya), 24 -26 April 2018.

Important dates

First Call for abstracts opens: 9 January 2018

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 5 February 2018

Criteria for submission of abstracts.

The abstracts should cover one of the following topics:

  1. Preventing and countering violent extremism
  2. Radicalization and de-radicalization
  3. Globalization of terrorism
  4. Political and religious extremism
  5. Conflict dynamics in the Gulf & wider Middle East, & impact of the same on Africa
  6. State responses to terrorism
  7. Media and terrorism
  8. Terrorism financing
  9. Maritime security
  10. Protecting critical infrastructure
  11. Gender and terrorism
  12. Terrorism, trauma, and counselling
  13. Terrorism and human rights
  14. Cyber security
  15. Rehabilitation and re-integration of ex-combatants and returnees
  16. Global trends in terrorism and violent extremism
  17. Select case studies: Somalia, Nigeria, Mali, Yemen, Syria, and any other.

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Event: Science-Policy Café on Rights, Governance, & Youth Empowerment in Kenya

Join African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) this Saturday (20 Jan 2017) at @Pawa254 for a science-policy café on Rights, Governance and Youth Empowerment in Kenya. For more information on the event & tickets, click this link:


The United Nations Population Division estimates that children and young people below the age of 35 constitute an estimated 77% of Kenya’s total population that isfast inching towards 50 million. This means that the country’s policy decisions should be geared towards meeting the needs of this large youthful population, including investments in critical areas of human capital development such as education and skills development as well as health.

Join us for this science-policy café and be part of the conversation on how the youth in Kenya can be active participants and drivers of change in governance to achieve Kenya’s development goals.


The science-policy café is a model that allows deliberation of development issues in the context of the evidence available and the policy framework. This café shall deliberate key issues on the potential of Kenya’s youth through participation in governance. The format is having a panel that leads the discussion with participation from the audience for each issue.

Specifically, we shall deliberate:

1. To what extent has the 2017 general election campaigns critically considered issues affecting youth?
2. Was evidence (research evidence and routine data) used to inform the development of party manifestos and pronouncements made at public political campaign rallies?
3. What evidence is available on the state of Kenya’s youth population?
4. How can this large youthful population drive the country towards achievement of Kenya’s Vision 2030, the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and Africa Agenda 2063?
5. What is the existing policy framework on youth participation in governance and development (A look at Vision 2030; SDGs, Africa Agenda 2063 and the Africa Union Roadmap on the Demographic Dividend?
6. What are the challenges curtailing youth participation in governance; in instances where they are participating, is there meaningful change? What are the solutions to the prevailing challenges?

Online event: The Power of US: How is organizing changing lives of millions of people in the US & Japan (LCN) (free)

Dear Leading Change Network friends,

The world around us seems to be changing every day, and it looks that democracy is falling apart around the world. However, people like us are asking their selves “What can I do?” and rolling up the sleeves to actually do it.

  • Recently, two amazing campaigns won victory in Japan and the US
    Sexual assault survivors organized and won the change of the legal definition of rape in Japan!
  • Residents of Maine, US organized and made Maine become the first state in the US to pass Medicaid expansion at ballot!

On December 9th, 2017 at 9 am EST, LCN will host an online real-time event with representatives of these campaigns.

At the event, you will be:

  • Meeting leaders and organizers from the 2 featured campaigns, and other leaders from all over the world
  • Learning about what have those campaigns done to succeed and what have they learned from it
  • Discussing your work and challenges with other people from all over the world

Join us to continue building the community of people who are changing the world.
Event participation will be capped. Please register here to reserve your seat!
Please share this event with people who you think would be interested in joining the session and LCN.

Film screening: “Thank You For The Rain” from Docubox

Thank You For The Rain Screening

Five years ago Kisilu, farmer, started to use his camera to capture the life of his family, his village and the damages of climate change. When a storm throws him and a Norwegian filmmaker together he’s transformed from a father, to community leader to an activist.

Evolution of Democracy in Africa Students-Led Conference (HIPSIR)

Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR) Hekima University College is organizing and hosting a one day Students-Led Conference on October 19, 2017, on the theme: Evolution of Democracy in Africa: to explore in-depth from a scholarly angle the issue raised above under the following sub-themes:

§ The election process
§ Separation of power
§ Social, economic and human rights aspects
§ External influences and dynamics
§ Is democracy resolving or refueling conflicts?
§ Is democracy a utopia and are there alternatives?