The Capstone Conference on “Countering Violent Extremism – Lessons Learned and Ways Forward” is rounding up the last two years of CPAU’s CVE efforts in Afghanistan
Over the course of the last two years CPAU was actively taking action for countering violent extremism in Afghanistan primarily through the second phase of our main CVE project to encourage and facilitate the knowledge sharing and information exchange between international Islamic scholars and Afghan religious scholars, leaders, and civil society on the issues affecting Afghan lives including CVE, conflict resolution, peace building, and women and youth empowerment. The program is based on the promotion of intellectual discourse and academic debate through diverse perspectives and aims at promoting and increasing support for religious and cultural tolerance and for embedding pluralism and women’s rights throughout Afghanistan.
All our conferences intend to give participants the tools and opportunities to become leaders and advocates in the promotion of positive social change and to take on a more active role in proactively shaping Afghanistan’s future while also promoting gender equality and a moderate religious perspective in countering violent extremism.
The Capstone Conference was held on June 4-5, 2016 at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Kabul and gathered many high-level speakers, including Members of Parliament and Government officials as well as leading Islamic scholars and civil society representatives. CPAU was especially pleased to welcome Professor Hashim Kamali, author of the book “The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam. The Qur’anic Principle of Wasatiyyah”,founding CEO of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS), Malaysia and leading Islamic law expert originating from Afghanistan as keynote speaker of the conference.
The aim of the Capstone Conference was to reevaluate our CVE efforts and lessons learned so far as well as to think and discuss about innovative and effective strategies, approaches and ways forward in order to tackle the threat violent extremism is posing for Afghanistan and the region.