Preventing and countering violent extremism in New Zealand and abroad: Approaches and critiques Event as iCalendar

26 November 2018

4:30 - 6pm

Venue: J3 Lecture Theatre, Epsom Campus

Location: 74 Epsom Avenue, Auckland

Host: School of Critical Studies in Education

Cost: Free

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In the post-9/11 global context, governments have become increasingly concerned with developing and implementing approaches to preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE). For several governments in the OECD, this has involved delivering programmes domestically and using humanitarian and development assistance as a mechanism for promoting a P/CVE agenda abroad. In several instances, development partners such as UNESCO, the World Bank, and USAID explicitly drive a P/CVE agenda through education-based aid.

This panel presents a unique exploration of the approaches of P/CVE utilised in New Zealand, as well as key features of the education-based approaches to P/CVE abroad. In addition to exploring the manner in which P/CVE approaches are particularised to New Zealand’s context, the panel identifies important distinctions between domestic and international approaches to P/CVE and offers a critique of education’s conscription into the service of P/CVE agendas within broader development programmes. Panellists will approach these issues from their respective vantage points as outlined below:

Dr Veronica Hopner has a background in military and security psychology. She currently sits on the Countering Violent Extremism: Community Engagement Forum, a multi-agency working party consisting of the Department of Corrections, Police, Human Rights Commission, Human Rights Foundation, MFAT, Refugee Council, Department of Internal Affairs, State Services Commission and Massey University. The goal of this group is to create a New Zealand body of knowledge about radicalisation, violent extremism, and de-radicalisation/disengagement as well as producing intervention-based outcomes.

Detective Inspector Stu Allsopp-Smith joined the New Zealand Police in 1976. Since then, he has gained extensive CIB experience specialising in investigation management before taking up his present position. He has significant experience in managing homicide and other complex investigations including counter terrorism.  Since 2011 he has specialised in National Security (CT) investigations and in 2016 was appointed to the role of Manager, National Security (CT) Investigations for New Zealand. Prior to his Police service, Stu attended the University of Auckland where he studied physical sciences.

Yulia Nesterova is a doctoral researcher at the University of Hong Kong where she conducts a study on indigenous rights and education in Taiwan. She is involved in other research projects on education and social justice in Asia and beyond. Yulia is an editor and author of UNESCO MGIEP book and action guidelines on prevention of violent extremism through education to which she brought her expertise in the rights of ethnic, religious, and cultural minorities. After being educated in Sweden and Finland she has worked in the field of quality and inclusive education and human rights internationally.

Daniel Couch is a doctoral candidate at the University of Auckland. His primary research agenda examines the role of higher education within Afghanistan’s ongoing state building project, and he is particularly interested in the wide range of actors intent on influencing education within conflict-affected contexts. Much of Daniel’s focus explores the contestations surrounding legitimacy and sovereignty in education, and the influence of local and global actors on education policy.