Always the same... or always changing? Britain’s counter-terrorism Prevent strategy under review

Thomas, P. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Description

In early 2019, the British government announced an independent review of its counter-terrorism ‘Prevent strategy’ later this year. The review will inevitably re-focus public attention on this highly controversial policy. For its many critics, Prevent has remained a ‘toxic brand’ since its inception in 2006. Its critics portray Prevent as an inherently counter-productive and stigmatising strategy that essentially sees Britain’s Muslims as an undifferentiated ‘suspect community’. But how accurate a portrayal is this characterisation of Prevent today? This seminar will analyse how much of the British public discourse around Prevent focuses on what it was, not what it increasingly is, to the detriment of engagement with hard questions about whether Britain’s current Prevent focus and strategies reflect what we know about international ‘state of the art’ C/PVE best practice.
Period16 Sep 2019
Event titleAddressing Violent Extremism and Radicalisation to Terrorism Research Network Seminar
Event typeSeminar
LocationMelbourne, Australia
Degree of RecognitionInternational