On 4 April 2019, ‘Preventing extremism. Successes and difficulties’, an international scientific and practical conference took place in the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultan, organised by the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan (KazISS) and the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute.
Leading experts from Kazakhstan, Russia, and the republics of Central Asia made presentations at the event. The total number of participants was around 100 people. The DOC’s chief researcher Alexey Malashenko moderated one of the conference panels.
The nature of the phenomena of radicalism and extremism, the main drivers of radicalisation, and different modes of violent extremism’s manifestation in the post-Soviet space – with a focus on Russia and Central Asia – were analysed. The key factors affecting the emergence of extremism and circumstances that increase or, on the contrary, inhibit the process of radicalisation were considered. Participants discussed successes and failures in fighting extremism, methods of its prevention, and, finally, suggested some recommendations to civil society and state institutions responsible for countering this challenge.
One of the key conclusions was that the problem of violent extremism cannot be eradicated completely, and it is necessary to contend with this threat whilst keeping in mind that a final victory over it is unattainable.
A volume collecting the papers provided by the conference speakers will be published.
The Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute and the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies have agreed to continue cooperation and to sign a memorandum of understanding shortly.