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.
Violent far-right extremism continues to pose a threat to community safety and national security. Its impact is felt on a daily basis by individuals and communities across Europe. ISD is launching The FREE Initiative (Far-Right Extremism in Europe Initiative), a major new online resource aiming to inspire and promote cross-border learning among those working against violent far-right extremism. Explore our new site to find films, practical guides, case studies and advice on how to take action.
In the direct aftermath of the 2014 European Parliament Elections, the Club of Three Working Session gathered senior representatives of the media, business and policy sphere from across the UK, France and Germany to discuss this unprecedented political earthquake. The main points discussed included the rise of the protest vote, institutional reform and the state of the European economy.
Sasha Havlicek, ISD's CEO and Executive Director, discusses the communications strategies employed by extremist organisations, drawing particular attention to their sophisticated use of social media outlets, the need to develop compelling and credible counter - narratives and the requirement for governments to invest into the development of effective counter - narrative strategies.
The interview is available here.
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.
The 2014 – 2015 Weidenfeld Scholars have commenced their studies at the University of Oxford. The group of 31 Scholars from 23 different countries will for the first time include students from Guinea, Nepal, Mexico and Palestine. In addition to their academic studies, Scholars benefit from a specially designed leadership programme and support from an expanding global network of alumni. See the the Scholarship pages for more information.
The 2013 - 2014 Humanitas year saw an exciting range of Visiting Professors and subjects, including fthe inaugural Visiting Professorhips in Sustainability Studies and Intelligence Studies. The year's Visiting Professora included Alastair Campbell, Mona Siddiqui, General Michael Hayden and Renée Fleming.
Cumberland Lodge, 8 to 10 December 2014
University of Oxford, 18 to 23 November 2014
University of Cambridge, 28 to 31 October 2014
Magdalen College, Oxford, 29 September to 2 October 2014
London, ISD, 27 to 28 June 2014
Stockholm, Sweden, 25 to 26 June 2014
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