International Symposium
Violent Extremism and Social Integration: Pakistan, Indonesia and Japan's Aum Shinrikyo(Friday, January 17, 2020)

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) will host an international symposium on ”Violent Extremism and Social Integration", inviting leading scholars and practitioners from Pakistan, Indonesia and Japan.

How shall society respond to such violent extremism? This awareness is not only relevant to the countries where the international terrorist groups are active in its operations. The world is increasingly realizing the risks and potential threats caused by such groups, their affiliated local groups and radicalized youth. Considering the Dhaka terrorist attack in 2016 and the Sri Lanka Easter Sunday suicide bombings in 2019, the risks are increasingly becoming cross-border security issues. For Japanese people, violent extremism may be associated with the violent incidents committed by Aum Shinrikyo. Despite the prevalence of radicalized groups’ acts of violence, there are very few programs to assisst the rehabilitation processes of those who are affected by such ideologies. We cannot ignore the current limited supports, lacking of consideration for the social situations where they are placed.

In this International Symposium, SPF will invite Dr. Fatima Waqi Sajjad (University of Management and Technology, Pakistan) and Mr. Muhammad Faisal Magrie (Search for Common Ground, Indonesia) to provide an update initiatives on violent extremism and social integration in Pakistan and Indonesia respectively. As for the commentators, we will have Professor Kimiaki Nishida of Rissho University, an expert on social psychology, who supported de-radicalization and social rehabilitation processes of former members of Aum Shinrikyo, as well as Professor Emeritus Nobutaka Inoue of Kokugakuin University, one of the leading academics on sociology of religion in Japan. This will be a great opportunity to learn about the reality and challenges of the issues surrounding violent extremism and social integration. We look forward to seeing you at the event. Details of the event are as follows:

Violent Extremism and Social Integration: Pakistan, Indonesia and Japan's Aum Shinrikyo
Date & Time
Friday, January 17, 2020
17:30 - 19:30 (Registration begins at 17:00)
Venue
11th Floor, International Conference Hall
Sasakawa Peace Foundation Bldg.
1-15-16 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-8524, Japan(Map
Organizer
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Program

Violent Extremism and Social Integration: Pakistan, Indonesia and Japan's Aum Shinrikyo

17:30- 17:35

Opening Remarks, Shuichi Ohno, President, Sasakawa Peace Foundation

17:35 - 17:55

“Countering radicalization through education: Global policy trends and the case of Pakistan”
Dr. Fatima Waqi Sajjad (Assistant Professor, University of Management and Technology, Pakistan)

17:55 - 18:15

“Violent extremism in Indonesia: ex-combatants returning from Syria, their family and disengagement from violence”

18:15 - 18:35

Comment: Professor Kimiaki Nishida (Rissho University)

Comment: Professor Emeritus Nobutaka Inoue (Kokugakuin University)

18:35 - 19:00

Discussion
Moderator: Professor Tadashi Ogawa (Atomi University)

19:00 - 19:30

Q&A Session
Language
English/Japanese with simultaneous interpretation
Other
Admission is free, and advance registration is required.
Reservation
Admission is free. Registration is required.
Should you wish to participate, please fill out the application form from this web page by 17:00 on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.
If you have any inquiries, please contact Asia Peace Initiatives Department at (03-5157-5160), or send an email to asiapeace@spf.or.jp.

* Seating is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
* Please kindly note that we do not offer parking.
Contact
Asia Peace Initiatives Department, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Tel: 03-5157-5160 / Email: asiapeace@spf.or.jp
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