Restoring Peace & Building Social Cohesion

The Global Strategy Network is a worldwide affiliation of practitioners and policymakers with a shared commitment to resolving conflict and increasing social resilience to political violence. Our network has both local and international expertise in addressing conflict and the drivers of conflict having worked in national governments, regional organisations, the United Nations and the private sector.

What we do

Our mission is the design and delivery of tailored programmes and projects directed towards establishing social cohesion. We also have significant research capabilities. We work with governments, civil society and international organisations as well as private donors to implement effective and sustainable projects in some of the most troubled parts of the world.

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How we do it

We take a broad view of conflict resolution, seeing social and economic factors as important as political ones. We validate projects as well as design new ones on the basis of a careful analysis of needs, feasibility and impact. We regard effective monitoring and evaluation as the sole measure of success.

TGSN places strong emphasis on gender equality and the engagement of youth in all areas of our work.

Our Team

Our network covers four continents and reaches into almost every region of the world. Working with us are policymakers and practitioners with extensive experience of governmental and inter-governmental work focussed on restoring peace and building social cohesion.

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Dr Fatima Akilu

Based in Abuja, Nigeria, Dr Akilu is a trained psychologist with over 20 years’ experience. She has written research papers on homelessness, ethnicity and its relationship to mental health and was the Chairman of the Editorial Board of a leading Nigerian national newspaper. She was the Head of Communications for the Senior Special Assistant to the Nigerian President on the Millennium Development Goals and, between 2012 and 2015, she pioneered Nigeria’s Countering Violent Extremism programme as the Director for Behavioural Analysis and Strategic Communications at the Office of the National Security Adviser. She is the Executive Director of the Neem Foundation, a non-profit, non-governmental organisation founded in response to insecurity in Nigeria.

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Richard Barrett CMG OBE

After a 30-year career with the British Government, which included four overseas postings, Richard was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General to head the Al Qaida & Taliban Monitoring Team, an international group of experts mandated by the Security Council. Reappointed by successive Secretary-Generals, Richard stayed in this position for nine years. While at the United Nations, he helped found the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, which coordinates all United Nations activity directed against violent extremism.

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Dr Feriha Peracha

Based in Lahore, Pakistan, Dr Peracha is a clinical neuropsychologist. She is the Director and Supervising Psychologist of the Sabaoon Project, a school run by Social Welfare, Academics and Training (SWAaT) for Pakistan that works towards the deradicalisation, rehabilitation and integration of child soldiers involved with the Taliban in the Swat Valley. Dr Peracha is also a Board Member of the Hum Pakistani Foundation and has a private practice in Lahore.

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Prof Hamed el Said PhD

A Jordanian national and professor of International Business and Political Economy, Prof el Said has worked against violent extremism for governments and international bodies, including at the Arab Thought Forum and the United Nations. He has conducted field research on the conditions conducive to the spread of violent extremism in several areas of the world and has made a particular study of the factors that draw foreign fighters into transnational terrorist organisations. He has authored a number of books and studies, including: New Approaches in Fighting Terrorism: Designing and Evaluating Counter-Radicalisation and De-Radicalisation Programmes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

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From world-leading research mapping the drivers of extremism, to the design and evaluation of programs for reintegrating and rehabilitating violent extremists, to implementing Strategic Communication projects building community resilience, we have an adaptive and creative portfolio of services that specialise in building peace.

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  • Strategic Communication
  • Preserving Identity
  • 'Foreign Fighters' Research and Analysis
  • Rehabilitation of Violent Extremists
  • Counter-Terrorism Strategy
  • Monitoring and Evaluation

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Restoring Peace & Building Social Cohesion

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Whether you’re interested in joining our network or working with us on issues of community resilience; you’re a local activist seeking support in shaping proposals; or you’re a donor looking to identify worthwhile and impactful projects at a local level, we’d like to hear from you.