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Cracking the Code on Countering Violent Extremism: Exclusive Insights from a UN Consultant

As part of the Thinking Train (TT) Series, the SUSS School of Humanities and Behavioural Sciences had the honour of hosting a sharing session by Mr Thomas Koruth Samuel, Consultant to the United Nations on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) on 28th March 2023. Mr Thomas has extensive experience in government and consultancy work with his research focusing on P/CVE in the Southeast Asian context.  

Mr Thomas shared pertinent insights in examining pathways to radicalisation and violent extremism, especially in youths. A pertinent theme in P/CVE practice and policy is to reduce the vulnerability of today’s youths to violent extremism and empower them as positive change-makers. To this end, Mr Thomas shared that deconstructing and understanding ways to counter the “terrorist narrative” presents a key strategy in making youths more resilient and less vulnerable to the threat of radicalisation.