The Second International Conference on Countering Violent Extremism : Collective Intelligence in Facing Terrorism and Building CVE/PVE Strategies

June 8, 2022

The Moroccan Observatory on Extremism and Violence is organizing its second International Conference on Countering Violent Extremism in partnership with the Policy Center for the New South, the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, The General Delegation for Prison Administration and Reintegration (DGAPR), and the Mohammedia League of Scholars.

Since the events of September 11th, 2001, the world has experienced multiple waves of terrorist threats, during which terrorist groups have mastered multiple means of actions. In the meantime, structural geopolitical transformations have occurred on all continents, which have complicated and affected all the forms of existing responses to threats.

The shift was also reflected in the change of strategies and tactics by terrorist organizations in multiple dimensions; in designing their objectives and priorities, in their narratives in their modes of attacks, and in their tools of connection and communication tools.

In Terms of responses, Global performance in addressing those threats has reached significant development, improvement and experience in responding against terrorist attacks, and in developing innovative tools to reduce violent extremism impact. Thus, challenges in combating terrorism and violent extremism as a cross-border phenomenon create a strong motivation for strengthening both international and regional cooperation and coordination in which North and South gap should be reduced.

It is significant to stress the urgent need today to apply for collective intelligence of different professional communities to face terrorism threats.

This conception aims to engage different stakeholders working in combating terrorism and violent extremism in an assessment to identify what works and what does not work during the last two decades in different forms of international cooperation and coordination.

We estimate at this stage that joint efforts to fight terrorism and violent extremism, requiring the promotion of an advanced version of cooperation based on collective intelligence in building Shared awareness, joint capacity building, and joint coordination among various actors in the field.

However, collective intelligence is not limited to regional and international experiences, but can also be applied to enhance coordination between different sectors and departments within a single country, in the way that could play the role of a lever to achieve coordination in building inclusive public policies and putting them on the ground.

The new generation of Cooperation might be promoted as the main key for reaching a collective intelligence based approaches that protects global security, reduces the cost of insecurity, and limits efforts to build sustainable development in the global south.

The second edition of the International Conference aims to provide the opportunity to different professional communities to discuss recent developments of terrorist threats in their various dimensions, and to evaluate the effectiveness of regional and international existing cooperation models in countering terrorism, and then assure a space where experts and researchers could collectively brainstorm innovative thoughts to keep pace with the new challenges of terrorism threats and violent extremism.



El Mostafa Rezrazi
Senior Fellow
Dr El Mostafa Rezrazi is a professor of Crisis Management, and Security Studies and a Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South who focuses on Terrorism, Security and East Asia studies. His area of Expertise covers Afro-Asian Affairs, Strategic & Security Studies, Terrorism, Extremism and Deradicalization, mainly from the view of Criminal; Legal and Forensic Psychology.  He got his Ph.D. in Regional & International Affairs from the University of Tokyo in 1998, and later a Doctorate from the University of Mohammed V on the Psychological dynamisms of Suicide Bombers (2014). He is the executive director of the Moroccan Observatory on Extremism and Violence, Director of the African Center for Asian Studies, Rabat. Currently, he is Visiting Professor at the Univ ...
Mohammed Loulichki
Senior Fellow
Mr. Loulichki is a Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South and Affiliate Professor at the Faculty of Governance, Economic and Social Sciences of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), who focuses on Diplomacy, conflicts resolution and Human rights. He has an extensive experience of 40 years in diplomacy and legal affairs. He assumed inter alia the functions of Head of the Department of Legal Affairs and Treaties in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was also Ambassador of Morocco in Hungary, Bosnia – Herzegovina and Croatia (1995-1999), Ambassador Coordinator of the Government of Morocco with MINURSO (1999 – 2001), Ambassador of Morocco to the United Nations in Geneva (2006-2008) and New York (2001-2003 and 2008-2014), as well as President of the Security ...
Youssef Tobi
International Relations Specialist
Tobi Youssef has joined the Policy Center for the New South in 2017. He is currently working on Politics and Governance in the Maghreb Region; his areas of expertise are geopolitics, political risk and nation building. Youssef Tobi obtained a Master Degree at Sciences Po Lyon  where he wrote two thesis on “ the role of Moroccan Bank in Africa, a non-state actor in service of the Diplomacy”  and the“ Chasm between the mediatic and associative representation of refugees : a case study”.  Prior to working at the Think tank, Tobi Youssef participated in a Social Entrepreneurship Project in Beirut, Lebanon and conducted an internship in a NGO based in Marseille where he assisted refugees and helped raise funds. ...
Sara Hasnaa Mokaddem
Manager - Strategic Monitoring & Analysis Unit
Sara Mokaddem is the Manager of the Strategic Monitoring & Analysis Unit at the Policy Center for the New South. Prior to that, she has worked as a research analyst in charge of specific due-diligence reporting and risk analysis on private placements for a London-based investment fund focused on the mining and energy sectors. She has also worked with firms and individuals on attaining FCA authorization and regulation in the United Kingdom. Her previous professional experience includes a position as a visiting researcher at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in 2011 and 2012 where she has produced research on the post-revolutionary situation in Tunisia and Libya and on the security of the Sahel. Having written modules on corporate forensics and on employee protectio ...


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