In the Caucasus We Count

WiP: Countering Violent Extremism, April 20 - Naida Chamilova


CRRC-Georgia, ARISC and American Councils present the 12th talk of the Spring 2016 Works-in-Progress season:

"Countering Violent Extremism"
Naida Chamilova, Hedayah

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 6:30pm

1 Ramaz Chkhikvadze Str. (Former 5 Chavchavadze Ave.)
Entrance III-IV, First Floor
0179 Tbilisi, Georgia

Hedayah, The International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), is an independent, international, apolitical and non-ideological ‘think-and-do tank’ based in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, that is focused on reducing the threat of violent extremism by preventing and countering processes of radicalization and recruitment of foreign terrorist fighters. It focuses its efforts on CVE through capacity-building programs, research and analysis, and dialogue and communication.

Hedayah is an initiative of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), and was launched in December 2012 at the Third GCTF Ministerial Meeting in Abu Dhabi where 29 governments and the European Union endorsed its mission and mandate at the Foreign Minister level. It continues to closely collaborate with governments at the senior level, but also works with non-governmental organizations, civil society, religious and community leaders, academia and the private sector.

Naida Chamilova is in charge of managing the EU-funded STRIVE Global Program and joined Hedayah in May 2015. She has a background in history, social studies (Dagestan State University) and education (Queens University, Canada) while also holding a PhD in Education with a focus on cross-cultural problems. She has worked as an educator, program manager, and strategic analyst. Prior to joining Hedayah, Naida was a Senior Program Manager with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canada.

For more on Hedayah see their web site at

Details about the Hedayah-implemented STRIVE program is at

W-i-P is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia. It is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), the American Councils for International Education (ACTR/ACCELS), and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All of the talks are free and open to the public.

The purpose of the W-i-P series is to provide support and productive criticism to those researching and developing academic projects pertaining the Caucasus region.

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