The Global Center (UK) is a registered charity in the United Kingdom that works closely with its U.S. counterparts on criminal justice, countering violent extremism, corrections, and rule of law programming that promotes responsive, fair, and accessible justice and security systems to help address a range of complex security challenges, safeguard human rights, and promote sustainable development.
The Global Center offices work with governments, international organizations, and civil society actors worldwide to develop and implement comprehensive and viable responses to these multifaceted issues through collaborative policy research, context-sensitive programming, and capacity development. Through these efforts, the Global Center fosters stronger multilateral partnerships and convenes key stakeholders to support integrated and inclusive security policies at the local, national, and global level.
Breadth of Expertise
Working in cooperation with a vast network of consultants as well as Global Center counterparts in Washington and New York, the Global Center (UK) focuses on delivering practitioner capability and criminal justice policy experience in the following areas:
- Design and delivery of capacity-building programs through practical and immersive exercises and training courses for judges, attorneys, correctional officers, investigators, and senior officials dealing with terrorism-related cases.
- Program, project management, and implementation in the areas of countering violent extremism (CVE) and criminal justice, including
- Supporting rule-of-law based and human rights compliant approaches to preventing and countering violent extremism;
- Facilitating the development of CVE strategies and programs through engaging governmental and civil society actors and connecting security and development agendas;
- Providing technical assistance and capacity-building support to corrections systems to effectively manage violent extremist offenders and identify, prevent, and mitigate radicalization within prisons;
- Developing innovative risk assessment and intervention evaluation protocols and procedures for violent extremists; and
- Designing and implementing multi-stakeholder training programs aimed at rehabilitating and reintegrating violent extremist offenders and returned foreign terrorist fighters.
- Providing CVE, law enforcement, and corrections specialists as trainers and mentors.
- Evaluations, needs analyses, and country assessments.
Current Global Center (UK) programming including:
- Through its Countering Violent Extremism in Prisons (CVE-P) Program, facilitating training of corrections officials and frontline prison staff (prison wardens, officers, assessment and interventions staff, counselors, and religious leaders) in North Africa, Southeast Asia, and East Africa to increase the capacity to assess and manage the risks posed by individuals convicted of terrorism-related offences.
- In cooperation with the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT), strengthening the capacity of civil society and community leaders in the Sahel-Maghreb, Greater Horn of Africa, and Southeast Asia to support the rehabilitation and reintegration of violent extremist offenders, including through facilitating increased cooperation with governmental actors, law enforcement, and prison services and providing capacity building support.
- Supporting to the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) Detention and Reintegration Working Group (DRWG), co-chaired by the governments of Australia and Indonesia, through the organization of three regional workshops in 2015 and 2016. Workshop priorities include the importance of training and capacity building for prison staff and the role of psychologists, educators, social workers, religious scholars, families, and communities in both rehabilitation and reintegration.
- In partnership with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), supporting cities and other local authorities to develop their local approaches to build resilience to violent extremism through the Strong Cities Network (SCN), including through facilitating city-to-city exchanges, regional practitioner workshops and administering local grants to support city-level programming on the prevention of violent extremism.
- With expert support from the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), the Global Center (UK) will deliver targeted technical assistance programs for Tunisian judges seated at the specialized counterterrorism pole. To reduce the backlog of open cases in a manner that is compliant with the rule of law and human rights, the program will focus assistance on evidentiary challenges in complex cases, case management practices and decision-making and human rights considerations in the deployment of special investigative techniques. The program builds on a previous programming in the EuroMed region focused on the role of supreme court justices.
- In cooperation with the IGAD Security Sector Program (ISSP), the Global Center (UK) supports government officials in the IGAD region of East Africa in increasing prevention capacities through partnering with civil society actors and communities in order to build resilience against violent extremism. The project includes efforts aimed at deepening understanding of local drivers of insecurity, the development of several regional CVE workshops and training programs, and strengthening partnerships with local actors.
- Development of a CVE Action Agenda for the Greater Horn of Africa launched in April 2015, which outlines a range of proposed activities to expand existing efforts aimed at preventing and countering violent extremism and promoting community resilience, building on existing experiences and practices in the region.
- Exploring the nexus between CVE and development assistance, looking specifically at opportunities and risks, different approaches taken by donor organizations, and the impact on programs and implementers.
- Developing a training curriculum on intake and risk assessment frameworks and procedures for violent extremist offenders (in partnership with ICCT – The Hague and two risk assessment experts).
- Analyzing issues relating to the phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters and United Nations Security Council Resolution 2178, including a publication on addressing this threat from a European Union perspective.
Sebastien Feve is Director of the London office and Senior Analyst at the Global Center (UK), where he manages research and programming activities related to countering violent extremism and counterterrorism. A former Senior Manager at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue focused on global strategy, programming development, and institutional fundraising, his achievements include establishing the Strong Cities Network, the first global network of local authorities working to counter violent extremism. He holds an MSc in international public policy from University College London.
Lara Nonninger is a Programs Officer for the Global Center (UK). She focuses primarily on countering violent extremism and criminal justice and the rule of law issues and provides program assistance in these areas. Previously, Lara interned with the Royal United Services Institute and the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law in Malta. She holds a BA in war studies and history (with distinction) from King’s College London, being awarded the Simon O’Dwyer-Russell Prize for outstanding academic achievement. She also holds an MA in international peace and security (with distinction) from King’s College London.
Roberto Fallini is a Consultant to the Global Center (UK), focusing on countering violent extremism (CVE) programs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Having several years of experience in the development and humanitarian sectors with international agencies, he has designed, managed, and evaluated programs, often in hostile environments, on the protection of civilians, conditions of detention, and CVE. He has extensive experience in the MENA region, where he lived from 2009 to 2016 (Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen), and speaks fluent Arabic, English, French, Italian, and Spanish. He holds a BA in political science from Università degli Studi di Milano and an MA in Asian and African studies, with a focus on the geopolitics of the MENA region, from Università degli Studi di Pavia.
Tinka M. Veldhuis is a Senior Fellow for the Global Center (UK). She is a researcher in the sociology department at the University of Groningen and a research fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague. Her research focuses on the analysis and evaluation of policies on countering violent extremism with a particular focus on prison policies and rehabilitation and reintegration programs for violent extremist offenders. She works with the Global Center’s London office on the development and implementation of training curricula in the areas of managing terrorism offenders, addressing prison radicalization, and reintegrating detainees. She holds a master of science degree (cum laude) and a PhD in sociology from the University of Groningen.
Christopher Dean is a Senior Fellow for the Global Center (UK), a chartered and registered forensic psychologist, and director of Identify Psychological Services Ltd., providing specialist psychological services to counter violent extremism. From 2008 to 2015, he was a member and then head of a specialist team in the National Offender Management Service of England and Wales, which has pioneered the development of innovative, evidence-based assessments and interventions to counter violent extremism. He has developed and informed policies, processes, and research to identify and address prison radicalization, effectively manage extremist offenders, and successfully reintegrate them into society. He has provided consultancy and training for government departments, agencies, and correctional services and academia, and has authored a number of papers and book chapters in his areas of expertise. He is an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Chartered Scientist.
Stephen White is a Senior Fellow for the Global Center (UK) and a freelance security sector consultant providing training, research, and consultancy since 2010 for numerous governmental and nongovernmental organizations on a range of subjects, including countering violent extremism, community engagement, conflict resolution, leadership, and security sector reform. Formerly a UK Chief Police Officer with 26 years of experience, primarily in Northern Ireland and with the EU Head of Mission (Iraq) for five years, he has authored and coauthored a number of papers in these areas, including “Police Primacy” (2014) and “Countering Violent Extremism: Community Engagement Programmes in Europe” (2012). He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and sits on the International Network to Promote the Rule of Law Police Experts Council. He holds an MSc from Queens University Belfast and a master of studies in criminology from Cambridge University. In 2004, he was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to policing – domestic and international.
Richard Barrett is a Senior Fellow for the Global Center (UK). He is also Director of The Global Strategy Network, a Senior Advisor at the Soufan Group, and a fellow of the New America Foundation in Washington, the Royal United Services Institute in London, and the Centre for Research and Security Studies in Islamabad. He is a former British diplomat and intelligence officer who led the UN monitoring team concerning al-Qaida and the Taliban from 2004 to 2013. Before being appointed to head the monitoring team, he was Director of Global Counter Terrorism Operations in the United Kingdom.