In partnership with the Government of Kazakhstan and with support from the US Department of State, the Global Center and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue co-delivered the first Strong Cities Network Regional Practitioners’ Workshop for Central Asia.

The workshop brought together local and national authorities, as well as civil society representatives, to share ideas and good practice approaches in preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) at the local level. Participants also discussed the role of local authorities and civil society in the rehabilitation and reintegration of returning/relocating foreign fighters and their families.

Participants included local level practitioners and civil society representatives from Almaty, Aktau, Karaganda, Nur-Sultan, and Pavlodar (Kazakhstan), Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), Dushanbe, Isfara, Panj, and Panjakent (Tajikistan), Samarkand and Tashkent (Uzbekistan), as well as and a number of experts from outside the region. The outcomes of the workshop will help to inform a series of city visits and an assessment of local needs and priorities, as well as ideas and recommendations on how to enhance coordination of P/CVE efforts at the local and national levels.

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