About the event
Terrorism and Violent Extremism pose a significant threat to international security, global political and social stability, and to economic development. This requires a robust and coordinated international response. Our speakers will discuss international and multilateral approaches to countering terrorism, the evolving nature of the threat and the need for effective counter-narratives both online and in our communities.
About the Speakers
Maya Mirchandani is an Assistant Professor of Broadcast Journalism and Media Studies at Ashoka University, and a Senior Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation. For twenty-plus years she was a journalist with NDTV, reporting on Indian foreign policy, conflict and national politics. She continues to be an active journalist and media commentator with regular columns and a weekly video blog called Wide Angle with Maya Mirchandani for TheWire.in. Ms Mirchandani has also won the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism twice, the Red Ink Award for reporting on human rights as well as the Exchange for Media Broadcast Journalism Award for best international affairs reporting.
Jane Marriott is the Director of the Joint International Counter-Terrorism Unit, which is responsible for the UK’s international counter-terrorism strategies, working across Government and with international stakeholders. Jane joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2001, following roles in the Cabinet Office and Home Office. She most recently served as joint FCO Director for the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to that, she was Ambassador to Sana’a, Yemen (2013-15). Ms Marriott also served as the Deputy and Acting Ambassador to Tehran and was an adviser to the US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke. She started in the FCO as head of the FCO’s Nuclear Non-Proliferation Team and has also had two postings to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. She was appointed OBE in 2004 for services in Al Amara, Iraq.
Shanthie Mariet D’Souza is Founder and President of Mantraya, an independent research forum. She is also Member of Research & Advisory Committee, Naval War College, Goa, Editorial board member of Small Wars & Insurgencies (Routledge), Associate editor for the Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs (Sage), Expert and Contributor to the Middle East-Asia Project (MAP) at the Middle East Institute, Washington D.C., Senior analyst for the South Asia desk with the Wikistrat Analytic Community, and Adviser for Independent Conflict Research and Analysis in London. She has worked with governmental and non-governmental sectors for more than a decade and conducted field based studies across Afghanistan. Dr D’Souza has previously held positions at Murdoch University, Australia; the National University of Singapore; Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses; and was a Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Research associate at South Asia Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC. She is the editor of ‘Countering Insurgencies and Violent Extremism in Asia’ which will be published in January 2019.
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