December 17th, 2021, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Violent extremism, especially amongst youth has persisted all over the world, carrying with it the potential to destroy the socio-political, cultural and economic fabric of societies in a trail of death and destruction. One feature of all this stands out and that is the frustration of the youth to be heard, to be taken seriously and brought into the discussion of public policy-making as a key stakeholder. Therefore, the Capacity Building and Outreach Thematic Group of the CPA, in collaboration with academics of respective universities, facilitated these discussions, creating an unrestricted space for undergraduates in 10 universities of north, south, east, west, and the centre of the country to express their opinions on issues, challenges and recommendations with regard to preventing violent extremism in Sri Lanka. This is not an exhaustive analysis on the issue of “Preventing Violent Extremism” but a compilation of views of university undergraduates representing the youth of the country on the topic of violent extremism, and is expected to be a paper that contributes to the ongoing debate on combating violent extremism in Sri Lanka.
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