From ‘Rebels’ to ‘Violent Extremists’: Engaging with Armed Groups

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Dr Véronique Dudouet discusses the challenges of third-party dialogue with armed groups in the age of the ‘War on Terror.’

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The attacks of 9/11 and so-called ‘War on Terror’ have changed the world of armed resistance and political violence in terms of practice and discourse. A distinction seemed to emerge between ‘the old terrorism’ of rebels and revolutionaries and the ‘new terrorism’ of radical religious (and especially Islamist) armed actors – whom the policy world now labels as violent extremists. What are the implications of this empirical trend and semantic shift for third-party dialogue with armed groups on questions surrounding the reduction of violence, peace negotiations and conflict transformation?

Dr Véronique Dudouet will reflect on her long-standing experience of participatory research on conflict resolution with armed opposition groups, including national liberation movements and Salafi jihadi groups worldwide. Véronique is a scholar-practitioner and Programme Director for Conflict Transformation Research at the Berghof Foundation in Berlin (Germany). She holds a PhD in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford.

The event is part of the public lecture and discussion series Understanding Armed Resistance at the Centre for Postcolonial Studies.

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