By Rohan Gunaratna, Jolene Jerard, Salim Mohamed Nasir
This specific paintings is the 1st to handle the topic of neighborhood engagement recommendations in countering extremism, and explores the advance and examine of those ideas. In so doing it demystifies the method of group engagement, whereas concurrently extolling the virtues of the floor breaking options to were successfully hired in Asia, the center East, and the West.
The e-book then proceeds to ascertain the efforts of group engagement made by means of a number of nations opposed to their special operational and geopolitical environments. ultimately, precise reference is made to the position and paintings of the media and non-government firms to have carried out potent neighborhood engagement efforts.
With contributions from authors of various backgrounds, together with media, the social prone, safety, and academia, this booklet may be of curiosity to either most of the people and to researchers.
Readership: protection experts, practitioners of neighborhood engagement, psychologists, coverage makers, teachers and researchers operating within the box of safety experiences.
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The government needs to go beyond the policy of three Ds (Dialogue, Development and Deterrence) to formulation of comprehensive reform package aimed at winning the battle for ‘hearts and minds’. The policy of three Ds is short-term in nature, which spells out the impression of having been worked out as a reaction. More proactive response that goes beyond the use of hard power is the need of the hour in an attempt to find lasting solution. Consider the following: Instilling the feeling of security is of equal importance in regaining the confidence of people in the ability and willingness of the government to protect its citizens, which was battered by the emergence of the Taliban when there was virtually no writ of the state in the region.
Building resilience can be taken a step further by planning and preparing, including exercises and rehearsals. While most governments focused on physical protection — target hardening of high profile, symbolic and strategic targets — more important is to build a national consensus against terrorism. indd 13 3/1/2013 2:01:16 PM b1529 14 Countering Extremism b1529_Ch-01 27 February 2013 5:21 PM Rohan Gunaratna and opinions of those at risk and those operating in the margins of society. Today, the protection of a nation rests not only in defence provided by the military, law enforcement providing physical security, but social resilience involving the community.
Such meetings reduced and removed suspicion of each other and paved the way for friendships. In the event of a terrorist attack, the community did not react with hate and blame; the community shouldered the responsibility to re-build the sense of friendship and camaraderie. While ethnic and religious sympathies will remain, those enlightened were driven to protect and take care of the community at risk. The terrorist intent was not merely to attack and destroy a target but trigger ethnic and religious riots.
Countering Extremism: Building Social Resilience through Community Engagement by Rohan Gunaratna, Jolene Jerard, Salim Mohamed Nasir