Russian Delegation to Discuss Countering Radicalism at College of Law

by Barry Scholl

On November 18, an eight-member Russian delegation will visit the College of Law to discuss the topic of Countering Radicalism and Extremist Ideology.

The visit is sponsored by the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy, a nonprofit, nonpartisan partner with the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the program invites emerging leaders to travel to the U.S. as part of a short-term professional exchange.

The discussion will be moderated by law professor Amos Guiora, an expert on security and counterterrorism. It will focus on best practices and strategies in countering radicalism and extremist ideology, academic perspectives of political and religious radicalism, and global cooperation and comparative approaches to handling extremism.

“This visit provides our community an extraordinary opportunity to engage Russian experts in a unique dialogue with respect to radicalism and extremism,” notes Guiora. “We are honored that the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy selected the S.J. Quinney College of Law to host this event.”

Participants include Andrey Vitalievich Ignatenko, senior reporter, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Bashkortostan Regional Branch, Ufa; Anna Olegovna Karpenko, judge assistant, St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast Arbitrage Court; Marianna Anatolyevna Kochubey, chief inspector, Anti-Terrorist Center of the Union of Independent Countries; Vladimir Semenovich Ovchinskiy, advisor to chairman of the Federal Constitutional Court, St. Petersburg; Vladimir Valentinovich Romitsyn, chief investigator, Prosecutor’s Office of the Central District of St. Petersburg; Dmitry Yurievich Sherikh, chief editor, PH St. Petersburg Vedomosti; Oleg Leontyevich Zhunusov, reporter, Zolotoy Rog Publishing Company, Vladivostok; and Natalya Alekseyevna Zvyagina, judicial program coordinator, Interregional Human Rights NGO, Voronezh.

The event will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the College’s Sutherland Moot Courtroom. It is free and open to the public.