The Global Center supported two civil society–led events on the margins of the East Asia Summit Symposium on Religious Rehabilitation and Social Reintegration. The discussions, moderated by Naureen Chowdhury Fink, Global Center head of research and analysis, took place over a dinner and a morning panel aimed to advance the action agenda outlined by international partners at the White House Summit to Counter Violent Extremism earlier this year. The events brought key civil society experts and practitioners from a range of Southeast Asian countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and New Zealand, to explore practical efforts in preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE).
Participants identified key drivers of violent extremism in the region, as well as national and regional priorities, and offered concrete ideas for P/CVE initiatives to address them. A number of themes were highlighted, including the importance of strengthening government–civil society partnerships; deepening community engagement, especially with youth and women; promoting context-specific countermessaging and alternative messages; and facilitating platforms for greater awareness and knowledge sharing about countering violent extremism (CVE) policy and practice.
The civil society events in Singapore will help to inform follow-up activities emanating from the White House CVE summit action agenda within the region and beyond.