Dialogue with violent extremist groups: community perspectives in the Lake Chad Basin

Can dialogue help end the current crisis in the region?

To explore dialogue as a viable option in preventing and countering violent extremism in the Lake Chad Basin region, it is important to consult local communities who are directly affected by it. Their experiences offer first-hand community-level insights on the challenges affecting the region and their communities’ perceptions regarding dialogue. This policy brief aims to gain some insights on civil society perspectives on dialogue in the region.

About the author

Maram Mahdi is a Research Officer in the Complex Threats in Africa Programme at the ISS. She holds a Master’s degree in Security Studies from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

Picture: Amelia Broodryk/ISS

Development partners
This policy brief is funded by the US Mission to the African Union. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
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