After the London Bridge attacks on 3 June 2017 the Prime Minister said we had shown ‘too much tolerance’ of extremism in the UK and that we must be prepared to have ‘difficult and embarrassing conversations’ throughout our society to combat the influence of the nihilistic hatred that jihadist terrorism represents. Such conversations must involve all sectors of UK society, not just within and between minority segments.
CoJiT is an initiative designed to make a rapid, direct and high-profile contribution toward the fulfilment of that aim. It is bringing together leading experts who are among the best in the business to look afresh at how we define the particular problem of jihadist terrorism and to discuss openly and without fear or favour what has to be done to counter it and the extremist ideology that fuels it. The initiative is focussed on concrete outcomes involving the active encouragement of practical policy engagement at all levels that will be designed to effect both policy and operational change.
CoJiT will promote this engagement through an independent national dialogue with community individuals, local government and social and police leads, as well as with national government, focusing on practical solutions identified by the initiative and encourage where possible their adoption and implementation.
CoJiT is conceived quite independently and begins with a problem-solving perspective: it is not our intention to duplicate any of the extensive and good analysis already in existence, but rather to offer an independent synthesis of it as a baseline of accepted evidence to initiate the sort of honest national dialogue the Prime Minister has called for.