On 3rd and 4th of July 2017, the International Panel on Exiting Violence (IPEV), along with a dozen of North-African researchers, gathered in Tunis for a symposium including conferences and roundtables about five of the research topics of the panel’s working groups. The symposium was organised in partnership with the Tunisian Institute of Strategic Studies (Institut Tunisien des Etudes Stratégiques, ITES), the Institute of contemporary Maghreb Research (Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb contemporain, IRMC) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).

Michel Wieviorka, IPEV co-director launched the event with a conference on the topic “What violence has become”. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Chair of the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, and Dale Eickelman, Professor of Anthropology and Human Relations at Dartmouth College, both members of the International Advisory board of the panel, gave public talks on the situation in Syria and on the topic of radicalism and minorities.

Eleven IPEV members and North-African researchers and experts from other regions of the world presented their works and researchs during five roundtables:

  • Radicalisation, a comparative perspective

Under the chairmanship of Farhad Khosrokhavar, senior researcher at the EHESS and leader of the working group on Radicalization

IPEV speakers:  Marie Kortam, Alfonso Pérez-Agote

Other speakers: Wael Garnaoui (psychologist, Ph.D. in psychanalysis and psychopatology at the University of Paris VII and the University of Tunis), Wissem Missaoui (member of Search for Common Ground), Halima Mrad (expert in project management, good governance, economic development in North and West Africa)

  • Deradicalisation, a comparative perspective

Under the chairmanship of Yvon Le Bot, director of studies emeritus at CNRS and IPEV co-director

IPEV speakers : Bartolomeo Conti, Phil Gurski, Sashi Jayakumar

Other speakers : Tarek Ghazel (researcher at the University of Sfax, Tunisia), Noufal Abboud (Country Director of Search for Common Ground–Morocco), Slim Masmoudi (assistant professor in cognitive psychology at the University of Tunis)

  • Between salafism, sectarianism and violence : the new faces of radicalism

Under the chairmanship of Laryssa Chomiak, political scientist and Director of the Centre Etudes Maghrébines in Tunis (CEMAT)

IPEV speakers: Giuseppe Merone et Dominique Thomas

Other speakers: Rafaa Tabib (urbanist, anthropologist at the University of Manouba, Tunisia), Fathi Rekik (School of Human Sciences of Sfax, Tunisia), Muhammad Fraser-Rahim (Executive Director, North America at Quilliam International, London)

  • Reconciliation and justice: comparatives lessons

Under the chairmanship of Karima Dirèche, Director of the Institut de recherches sur le Maghreb contemporain in Tunis.

IPEV speakers: Elisabeth Claverie, Zakaria Rhani and Sophie Daviaud

Other speakers: Rafaa Tabib (La Manouba University), Mohamed Eljarh (founder and director of Libya Outlook Research and Consultancy), Darine El Hage (Regional Program Manager at U.S. Institute of Peace, Tunis), Mohamed Limam (assistant lecturer in political sciences and public law, University of Jendouba, Tunisia)

  • Public policies against violence: comparative lessons

Under the chairmanship of Taoufik Bouaoun, Head of the intergovernmental platform against radicalisation and violent extremism

IPEV speakers: Sandrine Lefranc, Nathalie Duclos, Scott Straus

This symposium has been a real success, and considered as such by all the participants. Not only these two days have allowed the five IPEV working groups to check on the progress of their work since the January Kick-Off, but they also enhanced the reflections of the panel thanks to the knowledge of researchers from Tunisia, Morroco and Libya who have been deeply involved in the topics of exiting violence.

The IPEV team and the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme wish to thank all the partners and hope other future collaborations.