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Session on Violent Extremism (Dr. Niloufer Siddiqui – UNDP)


On 10th August, Niloufer Siddiqui, a PhD in Political Science from Yale, and a post-doctoral fellow at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY), conducted a session  with the second batch of Gallup Pakistan’s summer interns. She is currently working for the UNDP on extremism and violence. For this research, she is conducting focus group sessions with the youth from around the country on how to engage them best in preventing violence. She gave a presentation outlining possible reasons that engender violent extremism in Pakistan and the complications in undertaking research on this particular topic. Her session was very interactive as it asked for the interns’ input and suggestions on how to curb violent extremism in Pakistan. Niloufer’s session was very enlightening as she highlighted how we can actively eradicate violent extremism as opposed to simply condemning it.

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