Municipal officials and civil society representatives from cities across Central Asia attended the Strong Cities Network (SCN) regional workshop in Almaty, Kazakhstan, December 2019. Representatives from Panjakent, Tajikistan’s city administration and civil society attended the event, which led to it becoming the first city in Central Asia to join the network in July. SCN, with more than 140 member cities worldwide, is the first-ever global network of mayors, municipal-level policy makers, and practitioners united in building social cohesion and community resilience to counter violent extremism. The Bureau of Counterterrorism funds a grant with the Institute of Strategic Dialogue—the organization that currently oversees SCN.
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