Cities across Europe, the Middle East and Africa face a heightened threat from international terrorism, inspired by the Islamic State’s violent ideology. Despite the transnational nature of this threat, much of the radicalisation process, as well as the prevention and mitigation of terror attacks, take place in cities. Both the threat and responses to it are affected by the design, social integration and mitigation measures at the local level.
An array of international actors have started to discuss and support urban-level policymaking against a range of threats, including terrorism. This includes UN Habitat, World Bank, the International Organization for Standardization and humanitarian actors. With repeated attacks against large- and mega-cities in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, there is an urgent need to better understand urban tools against terrorism and radicalisation.
This event will discuss current and emerging initiatives to improve resilience and prevention through urban design, technology and community integration measures. It will draw from recent research conducted in London, Karachi and Colombian cities by IISS researchers.
This is an off-the-record discussion and by invitation only. If you are unable to attend and would like to suggest somebody from your organisation to do so, please do let us know by emailing the suggested name to [email protected].
This event will take place in the Trafalgar Room at Arundel House, 6 Temple Place, London WC2R 2PG*.
Please join us for tea, coffee and pastries from 8am.
*All first time visitors to Arundel House are required to provide photographic ID (Passport, European ID card or Driver's Licence) and have their photograph taken upon arrival. This will be stored on our security system to streamline access on future visits. If you would prefer that your details are not stored, please inform reception as you exit the building. Photographic ID will be required again on your next visit to IISS.
Virginia Comolli leads the Security and Development Programme, setting its research priorities and direction. She contributes to IISS research, represents the Institute at conferences internationally and in the media, and delivers briefings to government and corporate audiences.
Antônio Sampaio examines security and developmental trends in urban areas. In particular, he looks at the relationship between armed violence and socio-economic development in the large urban centres of Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. He conducts research and consultancy on these issues, and on criminal violence trends in Mexico, Central America and Brazil.