This course is a counter discourse that explores the origins, evolution, categorizations and manifestations of visible and invisible violence in modern terrorism and violent extremism. It probes the extent to which violence is embedded in systems of human thought, beliefs, and mental abstractions which are predicated on universals. These emerge from the pursuit of ideals at a fundamental level and associated with the field of ethics.
Adopting Trinidad and Tobago as a case study, it demonstrates that when ideals become politicized in the marketplace of ideas, they inevitably become nodes of discrepancy and collision, precipitating an array of visible manifestations. The presentation pro-offers views on the ultimate resolution.
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Serena Joseph-Harris is a Caribbean scholar, expert, and practitioner in international security and geopolitics. She holds the Anti -Terrorist Assistance (ATA) accreditation, is a certified Legal Assessor in the Financial Action Task Force Revised Recommendations and contributor to establishment-linked platforms, such as the Cipher Brief and Defence IQ, on the topics of modern terrorism and violent extremism. She previously served as Trinidad and Tobago’s representative on the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force Council of Ministers and Plenary of Senior Officials.