One of the most surprising things to come out of today’s independent review of Prevent, the government’s flagship counter-terrorism programme, is how much of its activities have nothing to do with terrorism.
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The UK’s counter-radicalisation Prevent strategy has become one of the most well established soft-power counter-terrorism programmes in the Western world. It offers a far more subtle approach than alternatives such as sting operations or intrusive levels of surveillance by security services. Despite this, from its beginnings, Prevent has faced criticism from campaigners, academics, and community groups. There can be little argument that there are areas where Prevent needs reform and improvement. Yet it is questionable whether adopting the claims made by many of the programme’s critics would assist making Prevent any more effective.
Earlier this month CEG held its weeklong Young Leaders in National Security Fellowship. Amidst the political and constitutional upheaval of a new Prime Minister and the passing of the Britain’s longest serving monarch, the fellowship went ahead at a deeply significant time for the country. The success of the week was in no small part ensured by the generous patronage of Lord Carlile of Berriew KC, the former Independent Reviewer of Counter Terrorism Legislation, and William Shawcross CVO, the Independent Reviewer of Prevent.
We were fortunate to have an incredibly wide range of speakers from the field, including politicians, former...
We are delighted to today announce the inaugural CEG Young Leaders in National Security Fellowship, which aims to identify, nurture, and guide young people interested in counter-terrorism and counter-extremism issues.
The Fellowship is headed by two of the most eminent experts in the UK in this field: Lord Carlile of Berriew, who served as Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation between 2001-2011; and Sir Alex Younger, Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) between 2014 to 2020.
Through this course, CEG will connect successful applicants to a leading range of experts and decision-makers who can provide them with exhaustive and unparalleled insight...