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The World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS) conducted an international workshop on Countering Violent Extremism and the Insider Threat in the Nuclear Sector in London from 03 to 05 December 2019.
This event provided participants with the opportunity to better understand the threat of violent extremism and to review the processes leading to radicalisation. It also reviewed the key elements of a comprehensive insider threat mitigation programme and will explore the role of different stakeholders in ensuring its effective implementation.
Expert speakers from the nuclear industry and other critical infrastructures were invited to share their experiences and lessons learned from implementing security arrangements against violent extremists. Finally, participants were encouraged to identify immediate steps that can be taken to strengthen nuclear security programmes and mitigate insider threats in their organisations and countries.
WINS has held several workshops and has written extensively on the various external and internal threats to nuclear facilities, including the threat of terrorism. Due to the continuously evolving nature of the VE threat, WINS continued its series of events on the topic by conducting an international best practice workshop to review the latest information on radicalisation matters and to listen to the experience gained by those who are implementing security arrangements against VEs. Building on the discussions and key findings of the previous WINS events, this workshop:
This workshop targeted security managers and other security professionals from nuclear operators and regulatory bodies. It also targeted senior officers from law enforcement agencies and representatives of international organisations. Academic experts and representatives from other industries were invited to present their experience and lessons learned.
WINS is promoting gender diversity in its events and female delegates were highly encouraged to apply this workshop.
Participation was be limited to 50 individuals. Deadline for application was 15 September 2019. Applicants were notified on the status of their application by 31 October 2019.
In line with WINS’ innovative approach to best practice workshops, this event was interactive and professionally facilitated. The workshop was built around a number of presentations from invited expert speakers, as well as breakout sessions that enable participants to further explore the topic and share their experience and lessons learned. An instant electronic voting system allowed participants to provide their views on questions put to the workshop by anonymously registering their opinions using a keypad. The workshop was held in English. As with all WINS events, the discussions were unclassified but subject to Chatham House rules (what was said can be reported, but not attributed).
CRDF Global supported WINS with the application and logistical processes. Attendees were expected to meet their own costs for travel and accommodation. CRDF Global was in a position to cover travel and accommodation cost for some selected individuals. Participants were responsible for obtaining a visa for traveling to the United Kingdom.
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• Welcome remarks, objectives and agenda of the workshop - Pierre Legoux (WINS)
• Trends in Terrorism and Violent Extremism, What is "violent extremism", and how does it relate to "terrorism" and "extremism"? - Samir Puri (KCL, UK)
• Engineers of Jihad -The Curious Connection between Violent Extremism and Education - Should the Nuclear Sector be worried about this? - Diego Gambetta (Collegio Carlo Alberto, Italy)
• Developing Comprehensive Approaches for Reducing and Defeating Violent Extremism - A National Perspective - Kazeem Abdulrazaq (ONSA, Nigeria)
• Learning from Other Sectors - The Aviation Industry Experience - Caroline Laurent (LAM LHA, France)
• Science-based Insights for Understanding and Mitigating Insider Threats - Eric Lang (PERSEREC, USA)
• Behaviour observation programmes: current practices and lessons learned, a psychologist's experience - Wendy Anyster (Consultant, UK)
• Importance of social media in the radicalisation process and possible red flags - Jakob Guhl (Institute for Strategic Dialogue, UK)
• The Role of Federal Government regarding the Protection of the Brazilian Nuclear Program - Gleiber Banus Barboza (SIPRON, Brazil)
• Assessing the performance of security arrangements against insider and VE threats - Karen Kaldenbach (ORNL, USA)
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