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Countering Far - Right Extremism
The FREE Initiative (Far-Right Extremism in Europe Initiative) Far-Right Extremism and Intolerance
The Club of Three Working Session
28th May 2014, La Résidence de France, London The Club of Three
Violent Extremism in Europe
21 March 2014 Brussels, Belgium Policy Planners' Network
The Future of the Past
5 - 6 April Cumberland Lodge, Berkshire The Future of the Past: Teaching History in the UK
2nd Meeting of the Engaging Turkey Task Force
6 - 7 December 2013 Berlin, Germany Engaging Turkey Initiative
Old Threat, New Approach – Tackling Far-Right Extremism report launch
13 February 2014 Stockholm, Sweden Far-Right Extremism and Intolerance
Meeting of the Turkey Task Force
12 - 13 April 2013, Istanbul, Turkey Engaging Turkey Initiative
19th Plenary Meeting of the Club of Three
17 - 18 May, 2013, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London The Club of Three
Mona Siddiqui, Humanitas Visiting Professor in Women's Rights
10 - 13 March 2014, University of Cambridge Humanitas
The China-Europe Beijing Forum
25-26 May 2012, Beijing The Club of Three
Moral Philosophy for Leaders
13-17 January 2014, Hartwell House, Buckinghamshire UPDATE The Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme
Europe-China Media Exchange 2013
The Europe-China Media Exchange, 20-27 October 2013, Nanjing, China Europe-China Media Exchange
Rest in Peace Sir Ronald

Lord Weidenfeld, the President of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue released the following statement:

The death of Sir Ronald Grierson, a road companion and intimate colleague in all endeavours of a philanthropic, political and cultural sphere for 35 years, died in Paris last Wednesday. His wide range of contacts, unquenchable enthusiasm and great ability as negotiator, fundraiser and intellectual guide in the most diverse fields made him one of the most outstanding and original activists. He was adeptly holding his own with international leaders in the most diverse enterprises.

As far as Oxford is concerned he helped me to found the Europaeum network of about a dozen European universities; paved the way for such schemes such as the Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme and was also for many years on the board of Weidenfeld & Nicolson, the publishers. There were few people like him when it came to supporting young talent. He will be sadly missed and forever remembered.

Sir Ronald Grierson, born August 6 1921, died October 23 2014

ISD has launched a new report on the evidence behind Exit programmes, which deradicalise and disengage individuals from far-right extremist movements, and the viability of Exit work in the UK. The UK’s approach to far-right violence has centred around anti-racism and preventative work, intervention with those on their way into groups, incarceration, and victims support. But the UK is missing a critical step in between: intervention with those already in far-right movements, to stop violence from occurring in the first place.

ISD has launched a new report on the key challenges and lessons learned across 10 EU member states (Sweden, UK, the Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Slovak Republic). This report is based on one year of field research in all 10 countries. It involved interviews with over 100 inspirational individuals, from those writing National Action Plans to frontline professionals carrying out one-to-one interventions. The report offers 10 recommendations for European policy makers.

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