Not In Our Name: Countering Violent Extremist Mobilization


The challenge Central Asian communities face from extremist groups is real. According to estimates, countries of the former Soviet Union were the largest single source of foreign fighters in the Syria/Iraq conflict, providing more recruits than neighboring states in the Middle East.  Although they share no cultural or language ties to Syria or Iraq, it is estimated that more than 4,200 Central Asians joined the conflict, many with their families.

Not In Our Name is a research and documentary project developed by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) to help communities in Central Asia understand and prevent the spread of violence and extremism. It is the first regional counter-extremism project ever produced for Central Asia.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and the GWU Central Asia Program (CAP)
invite you to a screening and discussion of the documentary project Not In Our Name

Tuesday, October 16
2:30pm – 6:00pm
George Washington University
Central Asia Program
1957 E St NW
Washington, DC

2:30pm — Panel 1: Not In Our Name Project Overview

Noah Tucker, Executive Editor, Not in Our Name and CAP associate
Serik Beisembayev, Lead Project Moderator and Project Design Consultant, Not in Our Name
Asel Murzakulova, Project Deputy Editor and Producer, Not in Our Name

3:30pm-4:10pm — Screening:  Not In Our Name Documentary Film

4:10pm-4:30pm — Coffee Break

4:30-6:00pm — Panel 2: Violent Extremist Mobilization in Global Context: What Works (and What Doesn’t) to Prevent Recruiting?

Peter Bergen, New America Foundation
Daniel Kimmage, Global Engagement Center, U.S. Department of State
Noah Tucker, Executive Editor, Not In Our Name and CAP Associate

Moderator: Marlene Laruelle, GWU Central Asia Program Director


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