The Rehabilitation and (Re)integration through Individual, Social and Structural Engagement (RISE) Action Guide provides local stakeholders, policymakers, program funders and implementors with a peacebuilding framework to support the rehabilitation of people disengaging from extremist violence as well as their reintegration into, and reconciliation with, local communities. RISE is a prosocial, community-centered approach to rehabilitation and reintegration that draws on principles from both peacebuilding and public health. The RISE Action Guide’s overarching goal is to encourage behavioral changes that facilitate disengagement from, and the rejection of, violence by lowering barriers and opening spaces for sustained, positive, inclusive engagement between people disengaging from extremist violence and local community members and institutions.

Opening Plenary

Practitioner Conversation Plenary

Local Reflections and Closing Plenary

On November 17, USIP hosted the launch of the RISE Action Guide with an all-day, in-person symposium. The event featured a combination of panels, interactive breakout sessions and TED-style talks to introduce the RISE content, discussed policy frameworks that are needed for rehabilitation and reintegration, and explored programming approaches for the individual, social and structural levels that provide a holistic response to rehabilitation and reintegration.

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Please note: This was a hybrid event in which the plenary sessions (welcome, opening TED-style talks, practitioner conversation, local reflections) were in-person and webcast live, and the interactive sessions were in-person only.


8:30am – 9am EST | Registration

9am – 10:15am EST | Opening Plenary


  • David Yang, Ph.D.
    Vice President, Gandhi-King Global Academy, U.S. Institute of Peace

Fireside Chat

  • Ian Moss
    Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Bureau of Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State 
  • Corinne Graff, Ph.D., moderator
    Senior Advisor, Conflict Prevention and Fragility, U.S. Institute of Peace

TED-style Talks

  • Chris Bosley
    RISE co-author; Acting Director, Program on Violence and Extremism, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Mike Niconchuk
    RISE co-author; Program Lead, Wend Collective
  • Lisa Schirch, Ph.D.
    RISE co-author; Richard G. Starmann Sr. Endowed Chair and Professor of the Practice of Peacebuilding, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame  

10:15am – 10:30am EST | Break

10:30am – 12pm EST | Interactive Session A (in-person only)

Room 1: Behavioral Health & Wellbeing 

  • Brandon Kohrt, M.D., Ph.D. 
    Professor of Global Psychiatry and Director of the Center for Global Mental Health Equity, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Chynere Best, Ph.D.
    Senior Research Associate, GW Center for Global Mental Health Equity
  • Ruta Rangel
    EQUIP Program Coordinator, GW Center for Global Mental Health Equity

Room 2: Stigma Reduction

  • John McCoy, Ph.D.
    Executive Director, Organization for the Prevention of Violence
  • Kris Inman, Ph.D., facilitator
    Senior Program Officer, Program on Violence and Extremism, U.S. Institute of Peace

Room 3: Foster Justice and Reconciliation

  • Mara Revkin, J.D.; Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Duke Law School
  • Lamia Lahrech, Ph.D., facilitator
    Executive Director, GRACE Cares

12pm – 1pm EST | Lunch (in-person only)

1pm – 2pm EST | Plenary: Practitioner Conversation

  • Sabrine Laribi
    Project Officer, Tunisia, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Noah Tucker
    Senior Research Consultant, Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs
  • Fauziya Abdi
    President, Women in International Security (Horn of Africa)
  • Michael Phelan, moderator
    Managing Director, Center for Thematic Excellence, U.S. Institute of Peace

2pm – 2:15 pm EST | Break

2:15pm – 3:45pm EST | Interactive Session B (in-person only)

Room 1: Trauma Recovery

  • Heidi Ellis, Ph.D.
    Director, Trauma and Community Resilience Center, Boston’s Children’s Hospital
  • Mike Niconchuk, facilitator
    Program Lead, Wend Collective

Room 2: Facilitate Social Belonging

  • Salma Mousa, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Political Science, UCLA
  • Jean Baptise “JB” Talla, facilitator
    Senior Technical Advisor, Justice and Peacebuilding, Catholic Relief Services

Room 3: Build Community Resilience

  • Georgia Holmer
    Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Royal United Services Institute and former head, Action against Terrorism Unit, OSCE
  • Charlie Christian, facilitator
    Peace and Conflict Senior Advisor, Technical Support Unit, Mercy Corps

3:45pm – 4pm EST | Break

4pm – 5:15pm EST | Plenary: Local Reflections and Closing

  • Fatima Akilu, Ph.D.
    Executive Director, NEEM Foundation
  • Cholpon Orozobekova
    Director, Bulan Institute for Peace Innovations
  • Margaretha Hanita, Ph.D.
    Board Member, EMPATIKU Foundation
  • Sarhang Hamasaeed
    Director, Middle East Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Binalakshmi Neprammoderator
    Senior Advisor on Indigenous Issues, Religion and Inclusive Societies, U.S. Institute of Peace

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