5-7 February 2019, Malaga, Spain - the International Training Centre for Authorities and Leaders in Malaga (CIFAL Malaga) in collaboration with the Intelligence Center for Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime (CITCO) hosted a workshop on “Preventing and countering violent extremism” for officials from the Provincial Police in Navarra.

Violent extremism has emerged as one of the most critical threats of our time. Drivers of violent extremism include lack of socio-economic opportunities related to ethnic or religious divisions, marginalization and human rights violations.

With the aim of preventing and escaping cycles of conflict and violence, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 promotes Just, Peaceful and Inclusive Societies through strengthening relevant national institutions for building capacity at all levels.

CIFAL Malaga and CITCO contribute to this endeavor by the development of this workshop which served as a platform to analyze the Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism in Navarra, including the study of symbols and characteristics of Islamic extremism, prevention of radicalization from a psychosocial perspective, and extremist / jihadist communication on the internet.

This workshop counted with the participation of Agustin Gastaminza, Director of Security of the Navarra Province; Torcuato Muñoz, Chief of the Provincial Police of Navarra; Jose Serrano, Chief of the Antiterrorism Office at CITCO; among other experts.