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Workshop on the Contagion of Violent Extremism into West Africa Coastal Countries


Violent extremism, often intertwined with communal tensions and criminality, has continued to gain ground across the Sahel belt of West Africa. Rising instability and the fragile security situation in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger have generated concerns among neighbouring West African coastal states about the possibilities of regional spillover. Besides their proximity to countries which are already in the eye of the storm of violent extremism activities, Benin, Ivory Coast, Ghana, and Togo are confronted with other local specific grievances and vulnerabilities which may act as catalysts to nurture and fester violent extremist ideologies. These catalysts may include ethnic, sectorial, and religious tensions; real and perceived socio-economic marginalization of certain societal groups; and challenges related to bad governance, youth bulge, impunity of the political elite, and mistrust in state institutions.

7th Generic Course on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE) in Africa


Violent extremism has continued to gain ground across many parts of Africa. Several initiatives, approaches, and preventative measures continue to be developed by various stakeholders with the aim of building capacity to effectively contribute to the prevention and countering of violent extremism.

Second Senior Level Regional Course on the Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) for Member States of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS)


As part of their Joint Framework Programme for the Prevention of Violent Extremism (2020-2023), the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT/CAERT) and the Peace and Human Rights Division of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (PHRD/FDFA) organised the Second Senior level Regional Course on the Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) in Central Africa, in response to requests submitted by the authorities of several ECCAS Member States.

A View from the CT Foxhole: Idriss Mounir Lallali, Deputy Director, ACSRT

idriss Lallali

Idriss Mounir Lallali is the Deputy Director and Acting (Interim) Director of the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) and was part of the multidisciplinary team designated by the African Union to launch the Centre. Among his primary responsibilities are leading the design and development of the Centre’s Counter-Terrorism Early Warning System and managing a team of analysts who conduct policy analysis, studies, synthesis, and audits on terrorism in Africa. He previously provided assistance to consultants appointed by the A.U. to the African Anti-Terrorist Model Law, managed the Focal Point Community Database, and led the Monitoring Process of ratification of the African and Universal Counterterrorism Instruments. Mr. Lallali currently also leads a team of experts who evaluate the counterterrorism capacity of African Union member states.