Addressing the New Landscape of Terrorism


Conference details

17-19 February 2016

Deakin University City Campus Level 3, 550
Bourke Street, Melbourne 

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Prominent French Algerian rapper  Médine  and influential, former Chief Strategist for the White House, David Kilcullen together with Belgian and Perth Muslim youth workers Khaled Boutaffala and Aisha Novakovich will be key speakers at a multilingual three day conference (Feb 17 to 19) hosted by the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation showcasing practical efforts being made to stop the spread of ISIS and extremism.

Convenor for the Addressing the New Landscape of Terrorism conference, Dr Virginie Andre, said the conference, focused particularly on youth and reflected an increased need to go beyond the security approach and instead enable Muslim youth to counter terrorism by being a force for positive social and political change.

The conference has come out of the research she is conducting in Thailand and in Europe (France, Belgium, Denmark and the UK) for the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission of Thailand.

Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation Director Professor Fethi Mansouri said the conference brings together academics, policy makers and practitioners in an innovative fashion.

It is sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission of Thailand, the Australian Intervention and Support Hub, the United States and French embassies.

The conference is expected to provide cutting edge, critical advice on policy and practice around countering violence extremism. (CVE)

“Dr Andre and fellow researchers at ADI, passionately believe CVE can and must be done differently where meaningful partnership with communities and rigorous academic knowledge are absolutely paramount.

“This conference will show the way forward in this endeavour.

“The interconnectivity of this new type of extremism creates an urgent need for a more sophisticated understanding of the phenomenon through empowering Muslim communities, particularly young Muslims and encouraging them to be actors of positive social and political change.

“Médine and David Kilcullen will be joined by prominent Muslim community activists Mohamed Kozbar, (chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque); Isabelle Praile, (former vice-president of the Belgian Muslim Executive), Omar Abdo, (Islamic Council of Victoria), Abdulrahim Elmi, (Roots TV Australia); Mourad Benchellali, (former French prisoner from Guantanamo) Abdelkader Railane (Director of Mission Locale France).

“They will be joined by prominent International academics Professor Mark Sedgwick from Aarhus University; Professor Rik Coolsaet from Ghent University in Belgium, Professor Robert Pape from the University of Chicago and Associate Professor David Cook from Rice University in the United States.

“Alongside their International colleagues will be ADI Professor Greg Barton, Associate Professor Ben Isakhan, Dr James Barry, Dr David Tittensor and Dr Antonio Gonazales Zaradona.

“It will be a dynamic, thought-provoking and challenging conference.”

The organising committee for the conference are: Dr Virginie Andre, Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh and Professor Greg Barton.


  • David Kilcullen (Former Chief Strategist CT White House, Australia/US)
  • Dr. David Tittensor (Deakin University, Australia)
  • Prof. Mark Sedgwick (Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • Assoc. Prof. Benjamin Isakhan (Deakin University, Australia)    
  • Dr. Naser Ghobadzadeh (ACU, Australia)
  • Prof. Shahram Akbarzadeh (Deakin University, Australia)
  • Prof. Oliver Roy (European University Institute, France) via Video Conference
  • Dr. James Barry (Deakin University, Australia)
  • Prof. Greg Barton (Deakin University, Australia)
  • Mahmood Pargoo (ANU, Australia)
  • Assoc. Prof. Peter Lentini (Monash University, Australia)
  • Prof. Rik Coolsaet (Ghent University, Belgium)
  • Dr. Antonio Gonzalez Zaradona (Deakin University, Australia)
  • Prof. Robert Pape (University of Chicago, US)
  • Omar Abdo (Islamic Council of Victoria, Australia)
  • Aisha Novakovich (University of Western Australia/Al Chem-Me/Roots TV, Australia)
  • Oussama Abou-Zeid (Co-Chair ‘Social Cohesion and Community Resilience Advisory Group, Australia)
  • Khaled Boutafalla (AMO Atmosphere, Belgium)
  • Assoc. Prof. Akil N Awan (University of London, UK)
  • Prof. Michele Grossman (Victoria University, Australia)
  • Dr. Joshua Roose (Australia Catholic University, Australia)
  • Reem Sweid (Muslims for Progressive Values, Australia)
  • Assoc. Prof. David Cook (Rice University, US)
  • Abdelkader Railane (COPEC, France)
  • Luc Van Der Taelen (Belgian Federal Police, Belgium)
  • Noor Huda Ismail (Monash University, Australia)
  • David Koehler (GIRDS, Germany)
  • Najeeb Ahmed (Prevent Coordinator, UK)
  • Dr. Virginie Andre (Deakin University, Australia)
  • Abdulrahim Elmi (Roots TV, Australia)
  • Milan Obaidi (Harvard University/EU Institute, US/Italy)
  • Dr. Debra Smith (Victoria University, Australia)
  • Prof. Douglas Pratt (University of Waikato, New Zealand)
  • Dr. David Malet (University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Abid Raja (Muslim Contact Unit, New Scotland Yard)
  • Laura Martin (emridNetwork, Belgium)
  • Robert Stary (Lawyer, Australia)
  • Dr. Clarke Jones (ANU, Australia)
  • Mark Duckworth (Department of Premier & Cabinet, Australia)
  • Mohammed Kozbar (Finsbury Mosque, UK)

Call for Papers

If you are interested in presenting a paper at the conference, please provide the following details in a word document and email to by 13 November 2015.

  • Name of author(s), institutional affiliation and email address
  • Title of paper/chapter
  • Abstract (250-300 words)

Abstracts will be reviewed by the conference convenors and a decision on inclusion made by the end of November 2015.


Full registration (three days) $300.00
Full registration (per day) $120.00
HDR student (three days) $150.00
HDR student (per day) $60.00
Conference dinner $70.00

Registration has now closed. Please contact us for more information


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