Managing Journeys Out of Extremism and Building Post-Terrorism Local Orders
When military gains are achieved against terrorist groups, sustaining peace and setting countries and communities on the road to sustainable development become the most daunting task. In addition to addressing the complex strategic, political, legal and operational challenges of managing ex-combatants’ “journeys out of extremism”, states also face the enormous challenge of replacing local orders imposed by terrorist organizations with viable state structures. This session will address the imperative for a coherent, coordinated and mutually reinforcing approach to managing journeys of extremism. Furthermore, the session will shed light on the prerequisites for building new local orders, in which the extension of state authority is not narrowly confined to the provision of public goods and basic services, but also addresses the needs of (re)establishing durable social contracts between state and society, in a manner that leverages local pillars of resilience.