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The African Union Commission (AUC) and the US Mission to the African Union (USAU) organized the first US-AU Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Week, from 25-27 October 2017 at the AU C Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.The African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) was represented by Mrs. Nashwa Kamel.

The meeting aimed at exploring existing AU, Regional Economic Community (REC), and U.S. CVE initiatives and approaches, seeking to better understand current efforts, share experiences and develop linkages to build stronger partnerships toward preventing and combatting terrorism and violent extremism in Africa.

The meeting brought together representatives from the U.S. Mission to the African Union, U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Peace and Security, Citizens and Diaspora Organizations (CIDO) and three youth participants from their Interfaith Dialogue on Violent Extremism (iDOVE), AUC Youth Division, the African Center for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), both the Center for Excellence and the Secretariat, the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), G5-Sahel, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the European Union Mission to the African Union (EUAU), the Permanent Mission of Morocco to the African Union (as co-chair of the Global Counterterrorism Forum-GCTF), the Embassy of Australia to Ethiopia and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS).

Mrs. Kamel made a presentation on the mandate of the ACSRTand its efforts in the prevention and countering of violent Extremism, whose primary role is to assist AU Member States (MS) in building their capacity to prevent and counter terrorism and violent extremism, in such areas as development of National Counter-Terrorism Legislations and CT-PCVE Architecture, Strategy and Plans of Action in conformity with the relevant International and Continental Legal Instruments. She emphasized that the ACSRT is currently promoting a Whole-of-Society, Human Security response approach to the issues of terrorism, radicalization and violent extremism, fostering cooperation among the military, intelligence and law enforcement agencies on the one hand and community/religious leaders, Youth, Women and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on the other hand. The ACSRT is currently working closely with partners such as UNODC, UNCRI, CTED, CTITF, GCTF, CISSA, UFL and AFRIPOL.

Meeting Conclusions: Participants noted the pivotal role of multilateral institutions in combating the global threat of violent extremism. They emphasised the need for coordinated cooperation among the AU, RECs, and the relevant United States Counter-Terrorism Agencies in order to effectively counter and prevent violent extremism in Africa. They stressed the need to share good practices and lessons learned, and identify key gaps and potential avenues for collaboration. The meeting advocated the need for a blend of “bottom-up” CVE approaches which entail engaging vulnerable youth, women, and men in the context of their local communities, with “top-down” approaches to CVE, which involve the State and its institutions.

Italian Ambassador pays Courtesy Visit to ACSRT

Italian amb with Larry

Sunday November 19th,2017:The AU Special Representative for Counter-Terrorism Cooperation and Director of the African Center for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT), Larry Gbevlo-Lartey Esq. received His Excellency Ambassador Pasquale Ferrara, the Ambassador of Italy to Algeria, at the ACSRT Offices.



“The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Counter-Terrorism Cooperation/Director of the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) Algiers, Algeria, acknowledges with profound gratitude, the announcement by the Director-General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Ahmet Üzümcü, at The Hague, Netherlands, the decision of the OPCW-The Hague Award Committee to honour the ACSRT as a joint recipient of the 2017 OPCW–The Hague Award.

The ACSRT as a structure of the AUC feels highly honoured and encouraged by the award.”

Note to Editors: The African Union and Member-States Mobilise in Support of Somalia Following the Terrorist Attack in Mogadishu

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – 17 October 2017: The African Union and its Member-States in keeping with the principles and values of pan-Africanism and African Solidarity, and within the Framework of the African Solidarity Initiative (Africa Helping Africa), launched in February 2014 to support countries in crises, including in natural/ environmental and man-made disasters and humanitarian situations; have mobilised in support of the Government and the people of the Federal Republic of Somalia during this very difficult time.