RESOLVE Network Annual Forum

The goal of the RESOLVE Network Fall Forum conference is to take stock of the current state of the data and evidence on this unique form of political violence and to catalyze research collaboration across borders and conceptual boundaries. Centered on discussions of the RESOLVE Secretariat’s preliminary recommendations for establishing a consensus-based research agenda on violent extremism, the event will include panels, roundtables, and opportunities for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to connect. #RESOLVEForum is one in a series of events planned over the coming year by RESOLVE Network partners, and promises to pave the way for more effective responses to this most urgent global challenge.

2016 Forum Livestream

2016 Forum Agenda


The near-daily litany of violence perpetrated by violent extremist groups like al-Qaeda, ISIS and Boko Haram illustrates the dearth of understanding about how these militant organizations successfully tap into social discord to advance their campaigns. Join the U.S. Institute of Peace and the RESOLVE Network on Thursday, September 29, as they convene researchers from around the world to help set priorities for policy-relevant research to identify effective responses.

09:00-10:00 | Welcome Remarks and Keynote Address
●    Welcome Remarks: USIP Vice President Amb. William Taylor
●    Introduction and Remarks on RESOLVE Network Research Agenda: Georgia Holmer (USIP* )
●    Keynote: “Of Barrel Bombs and Beheadings: The Roots of Intergenerational Extremism,”
Mohammed Hafez, Chairman and Assoc. Prof. Middle East, Islamism, Jihadism, Terrorism, Naval Post Graduate School; Author, “Why Muslims Rebel: Repression and Resistance in the Islamic World;” “Suicide Bombers in Iraq: The Strategy and Ideology of Martyrdom.”

10:00-10:20 | Coffee Break

10:20-11:20 | Session 1: The Governance Nexus: Legitimacy, State Fragility, and Violent Extremism
Research suggests a strong connection between state fragility, corruption, insecurity, and the rise of extremist groups. This panel will look at the implications of governance gaps, state security institutions, and community resilience.
Facilitator: Cameron Chisolm (International Peace & Security Institute*)
●    Richard Atwood (International Crisis Group*)
●    Cheryl Frank (Institute for Security Studies*)
●    Humayun Kabir (Bangladesh Enterprise Institute*)
●    Beza Tesfaye (Mercy Corps)

11:20-12:30 | Session 2: A New Narrative: Rethinking the Discourse on Violence & Religious Identity
Religious identity is a powerful mobilizing tool for many violent extremist groups. Narratives of exclusion, victimization, injustice, and the purifying power of violence can resonate profoundly in many marginalized communities. This panel investigates the ways in which public discourse on religion, morality, apostasy, and citizenship informs extremist mobilization strategies and alternative narratives.
Facilitator: Candace Rondeaux (USIP*)
●    Houda Abadi (The Carter Center)
●    Tahir Abbas (Royal United Services Institute*)
●    Imtiaz Gul (Centre for Research and Security Studies*)
●    Eliza Urwin (USIP*)

*Asterisk (*) indicates the speaker is affiliated with the RESOLVE Network in partner capacity.

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  • US Institute of Peace | 2301 Constitution Ave NW Washington, DC


  • Start Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 9:00am
  • End Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 12:30pm


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