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An Introduction to Countering Violent Extremism


Find out about the latest research and policy developments related to the difficult policy challenges around countering violent extremism. Hear from speakers drawn from the senior ranks of the public service, academia, the private sector and the community. This highly topical course looks at the roles and responsibilities of government, business and the community in countering violent extremism, as well as the way this challenge intersects  with questions of societal resilience and cohesion, multiculturalism, politics and counter-terrorism.


Course Scope and Content

This course will address policy questions including:

  • What constitutes violent extremism? How does this interact with terrorism, criminality, radicalisation(including in prisons) and normal dissent?
  • What is the nature and scale of violent extremism as a security threat in Australia?
  • What are the roles and responsibilities of state and federal government, business and the community in CVE? How can these be reconciled with civil liberties?
  • What are the online and international dimensions to Australia’s CVE efforts? What can Australia learn from the experience of other countries and vice versa?
  • How does CVE fit with counter-terrorism approaches?
  • How does CVE work in the context of societal resilience, social cohesion and multiculturalism?


Course Approach

This will be an intensive and interactive two day course involving presentations and facilitated discussion.
Speakers will be drawn from the senior ranks of the public service as well as academia, the private sector and Australian Muslim communities. They will have significant expertise and practical experience in policies and activities to counter violent extremism and maintain societal cohesion.

Who should attend the course?

This course is designed for officials and security practitioners at all levels from departments and agencies involved in or requiring an understanding of CVE. Participation is encouraged from state and territory as well as Commonwealth officials and practitioners.


Next date and venue

8-9 February 2017
National Security College
Crawford Building #132
1 Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University


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Program Details

This is a two day non-residential, fully-catered program.

An ANU parking permit will be supplied.

The fee for this course is $2,110 (GST exclusive) for Commonwealth participating agencies and NSC Partners. The open rate is $2,550 (GST exclusive). Please contact us for information about becoming an NSC Partner organisation.


Download the course FLYER (PDF).







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