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The Policy Planners Network on Countering Radicalisation and Polarisation (PPN)

The Policy Planners Network on Countering Radicalisation and Polarisation (PPN) is made up of the security and integration ministries of eleven countries: the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Spain, Finland, Canada and Norway.

Set up in 2008 and facilitated by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), the PPN provides a mechanism for streamlining and systematising the sharing of information on policy, practical implementation and best practice in countering extremism, radicalisation and polarisation. The participating ministries are listed below. The links provide basic organisational contact details for the relevant ministries of the PPN network:

Home Office (United Kingdom)

Ministry of Security and Justice (Netherlands)

Ministry of Justice (Sweden)

Federal Agency of Civic Education (Germany)

Ministry of Children, Gender Equality, Integration and Social Affairs (Denmark)

Ministry of the Interior (France)

Ministry of the Interior (Belgium)

National Counter-Terrorism Centre, Ministry of the Interior (Spain)

Internal Security Secretariat (Finland)

Public Safety Canada (Canada)

Ministry of Justice and Public Security (Norway)

The aim of the network is to increase cooperation in policy development, programming and practice, to build a consistent approach to counter-extremism in Europe and North America.The networks aims to offer an ‘institutional memory’ for  members around related subjects; commissions research on issues of mutual interest to gain economies of scale; and holds regular meetings for discussion, exchange and input from non-governmental experts:

Recent Meetings

Internet and Radicalisation (Stockholm, Sweden): hosted by the Swedish Ministry of Justice on 15-16 June 2011 in Stockholm, the meeting focused on the role of the internet in radicalisation with sessions covering the role of the internet in extremist activities (including recruitment, coordination and planning).

Preventing Radicalisation (London, United Kingdom): hosted by the United Kingdom Home Office in London on 15-16 November 2011, the meeting focused on the varying approaches to preventing radicalisation.

Lone-Actor Terrorism (The Hague, Netherlands): hosted by the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice on 19-29 April 2012, the meeting focused on the importance of recognising and combating the threat posed by lone actor extremists, and the training of front-line workers to deal with this threat.

Far-Right Extremism (London, United Kingdom): hosted by the German Federal Agency for Civic Education took place in London on 12-13 December 2013, this meeting focused on the growing threat posed by far right extremists, both violent and non-violent, and practical ways of addressing this challenge at a European and national level.        

Countering Extremist Narratives (Copenhagen, Denmark): hosted by the Danish Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration on 18 June 2013m the meeting explored governmental perspectives on the threat of internet radicalisation and the exchange of best practises in countering extremist content on the internet and social media.

Managing and Countering Hate Speech (Helsinki, Finland): hosted by the Finnish Ministry of the Interior on 25 September the meeting explored government experiences, best practises and lessons learned in countering hate speech and hate crime.

Responding to Foreign Fighters (Berlin, Germany): hosted by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior on 4-5 March 2014, the meeting explored government experiences, best practises and lessons learned in preventing, countering and managing the threat of foreign fighters.